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S3:W9 - Lions v. Vikings

Discussion in 'Game Summaries' started by JSimms, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. JSimms

    JSimms TLY Season 1 Champs!

    Oct 25, 2009
    Vikings Win Thriller in Detroit 27-25


    Detroit, MI - (5-2) Minnesota came into Detroit for a Week 9 match-up versus the (5-2) Lions with huge divisional and playoff implications. Both teams were tied atop the NFC North with the 5-2 Packers, and it looks to be a tight race to the finish. The Vikings had to pull of an amazing comeback in their meeting with the Lions earlier in the year, and this game proved to be just as difficult.

    What has become a common theme for the 2013 Vikings, they once again started of the game slow on both sides of the ball. The Lions would march down the field on their first drive, but stalled in the red zone and settled for 3. The Vikings would be forced to punt on their first drive, and once again the Lions found themselves in Viking territory, this time capitalizing on a 5-yd TD run by Larod Stephens-Howling. The Vikings would finally put some offense together in the 2nd quarter, but AP would record his first fumble (and lost fumble) of the season in Lions territory. However, the D would step up to force a punt and the Vikings would finally get on the board - an 8-yd TD run by AP to bring the team within 3. The Lions would tack on two more FG's to end the half. Score at halftime - 16-7 in favor of Detroit.

    The Lions would open the second half with a time-consuming drive, but would once again have to settle for a FG. Down 12 points, the Vikings would turn the offense over to AP, who broke off a couple of nice runs on their next drive, on their way to cutting the lead to 9 on a 41-yd FG by Blair Walsh. That's when QB Stafford would make a crucial mistake - throwing a pick-6 to FS Nick Collins to bring the Vikings within 2 points. A Lions punt would be followed up by a 7-minute drive by the Vikings, consuming all but 3:22 of the 4th quarter. However, the Vikings would only get 3 points on the drive, putting them up 20-19 giving QB Stafford and the Lions offense a good amount of time to drive for the win. But for the third time in the game, QB Stafford was picked off, this time on an overthrow that landed in the hands of FS Harrison Smith who took it all the way back the Lions 8 yard line. Two plays later, AP ran it in from 3 yards out to give the Vikings an 8-point lead with just 2:30 to play.

    The Lions offense would respond though, putting together a masterful drive, ending with a 7-yard TD screen pass to Larod Stephens-Howling with just 7 seconds to play. Unfortunately, HB Ladarius Mitchell was stuffed on the 2-point conversion try (as he was all day, finishing with just 9 yards on 12 carries). A failed onside kick ended the game, 25-27 in favor of MN.

    Great game, Anthrax78

    Side note - the servers disconnected us the day before this one was played, with Anthrax up big early in the third quarter. He showed a lot of class and sportsmanship agreeing to replay the game from scratch (as I was more than willing to do what needed to be done to make it an equitable restart). People like Anthrax are why I enjoy this league so much...

    Good luck rest of season. Hope to see you again in playoffs!

    Players of Game:
    HB Adrian Peterson - 21 carries, 135 yds, 2 TD; 3 catches, 10 yds
    FS Harrison Smith - 6 tackles, 1 INT
    RE Jared Allen - 4 Tackles, 3 Sacks
    FS Nick Collins - 5 Tackles, 1 INT, 1 INT TD, 1 TFL

    WR Walker Stream - 6 catches, 99 yds
    HB LSH - 2 carries, 9 yds, 1 TD; 5 catches, 29 yds, 1 TD
    ROLB Nick Barnett - 7 tackles, 1 PD, 1 FF
    K Dan Carpenter - 4 for 4 FG; 50 LNG
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2013
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