Lions at Vikings: Matthew Stafford sacked 10 times in loss

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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Fourth Quarter

After a scoreless third quarter for both teams, Minnesota opened up the fourth quarter with the ball. Another false start penalty for Minnesota pushed them back to 3rd & 10 but Cousins beat the defense by finding Kyle Rudolph to move the chains for the first down.

A Nevin Lawson penalty helped push the Vikings forward on this drive and they drove the ball until a fumble recovered by A’Shawn Robinson gave the home team new life!

Re-energized, the Lions offense took the field again but the Minnesota defense was still fierce. A 12-yard catch by Michael Roberts made it 3rd & 4 but Stafford missed on a pass to Golladay.

Surprisingly, the Lions faked a punt and Tavon Wilson ran for the first down but as he tried to make something out nothing later in the drive, Stafford attempted a pitch to an unprepared Kerryon Johnson, the ball was then fumbled and recovered by the Vikings for the touchdown, 24-6 Minnesota.

Detroit then put together a decent drive but it was too little to late to have any measurable impact on the game. Stafford was sacked for the tenth time in this game in what was an all-around great game for the Minnesota defense. Prater knocked down a 37-yarder to make the score, 24-9 Minnesota.

Sam Martin executed an onside kick but the ball was recovered by Kyle Rudolph.  The Vikings punted the ball back to Detroit as they already had this one sewn up. Minnesota completed an important division win as they dominated this game from beginning to end.

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Next up for the Detroit Lions is their second straight division tilt only this time they will be going to Soldier Field to face off against their long-term rivals the Chicago Bears. Since 2016, the Lions have won 3 in a row against the Bears and they will undoubtedly be looking to continue their streak with another W.