Minnesota Vikings 34, Detroit Lions 24 (box score)
The Detroit Lions followed an old and tired script and this time there was no comeback to be found.
Notoriously slow starters, the Lions got down 10-0 lead after two Vikings possessions and weren’t able to find the end zone until late in the third quarter when trailing 16-3.
Still, the Lions put themselves in position to make a comeback when Matthew Stafford found Titus Young for a one yard touchdown to cut the Vikings’ lead to 24-17 with 11:32 remaining in the fourth. It was all down hill from there.
Adrian Peterson broke a 61-yard run for a touchdown and a Calvin Johnson fumble led to three more points that gave the Vikings an insurmountable 34-17 lead.
Calvin Johnson did manage to score his second touchdown of the season, his first from Matthew Stafford, but it was too little too late. Johnson finished with 12 catches for 203 yards on the day.
Adrian Peterson was the game’s biggest star with 171 yards on 27 carries. The Lions were able to contain him for much of the game but Peterson came through with big yards when the Vikings needed them most.
The Lions will look to get back on track next week when they host the Green Bay Packers.