Detroit Lions 0-10-0-6 — 16
Minnesota Vikings 7-10-6-3 — 26
The Vikings avoided an 0-2 start and condemned the Lions to one with a 26-16 win at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday.
Adrian Peterson had a busy day, carrying the ball 29 times and scoring his first rushing touchdown of the season. The Vikings defense forced three Lions turnovers and got efficient play from their offense.
Check below for stats and highlights of the game:
Matthew Stafford (DET): 32-for-53, 286 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Calvin Johnson (DET): 10 catches, 83 yards, 1 TD
Golden Tate (DET): 6 catches, 80 yards
Teddy Bridgewater (MIN): 14-for-18, 153 yards, 1 TD
Adrian Peterson (MIN): 29 carries, 134 yards
Kyle Rudolph Caught a Short TD Pass to Give Minnesota a 7-0 Lead
A perfect drive by the Vikings and Teddy Bridgewater led to this touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph. The Vikings took a 7-0 lead when the extra point when through.
Adrian Peterson Almost Scored his 1st Touchdown in 22 Months, Play Reversed
Peterson almost scored from two-yards out to give the Vikings an early 14-0 lead, but it was overturned after review. On the next play, Bridgewater scored from a yard out. With the score 14-3 later in the game, Peterson took this flip from Teddy Bridgewater and gained almost 50 yards.
Matthew Stafford Threw a Touchdown Pass to Calvin Johnson in the 2nd Quarter
With the Lions trailing 17-3, quarterback Matthew Stafford threw a touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson, who made a phenomenal catch along the sideline to get the score.
Zach Line Scored From a Yard out
The Vikings retook a two-score lead when Zach Line punched it in from a yard out. The drive started in Detroit territory after a long punt return by Marcus Sherels.
Eric Ebron Caught a Consolation Touchdown Late on for the Lions
In what only helped Eric Ebron’s fantasy owners, the second-year tight end caught a touchdown pass from Stafford to make the score 26-16. The ensuing 2-point conversion attempt failed, the Vikings recovered the onside kick and the Vikings win was secure.
Preview: Lions, Vikings Meet in NFC North Matchup
The Lions and Vikings are still finding themselves as Week 2 of the NFL season takes place on Sunday. They meet looking to get back to the .500 after struggling a week ago.
Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew will miss the game after suffering a hamstring injury in Week 1. One of the top run defenders in the entire NFL, outside linebacker DeAndre Levy is also unlikely to play, giving Vikings running back Adrian Peterson a chance to get going after struggling against San Francisco.
The Vikings have a clear bill of health entering the game, but offensive lineman Phil Loadholt and John Sullivan were lost for the year in preseason.
Detroit won both meetings in 2014 en route to an 11-5 season and a playoff berth.