Lions End 6 Game Losing Streak to NFC North Powerhouse Vikings, 40-28 The Lions came into Friday nights game with the Vikings lacking confidence against the 3 time NFC North champion Vikings. "We never seem to beat these guys even when we play our best football." coach Westcott said "We need to play a perfect game on both sides of the ball in order to win this one." The Vikings have started the season sluggish, going 2-3 and needing this W in a big way and they opened the game with that exact same urgency, picking off Stafford on the first drive and then running the ball in for an early 7-0 lead. Same outcome, same old Lions so far. But after that pass Stafford came to play. Stafford lead Detroit down the field in a drive was capped by a Jayrone Harris touchdown run and tied game. After some back and forth action that saw both the Vikings and Lions do what they do best, Peterson had 2 more touchdown runs and rookie Rodney Haskell caught a big play-action pass from Stafford for a touchdown and after a late in the half fumble by Adrian Peterson, the Lions capitalized on the turnover with a last second field goal in the first half with the Lions leading 27-21. "That was a big play despite our defense coming up short for most of the first half and it changed the outlook of the game." Westcott said after the game. The Lions defense finally showed up a little in the second when the Vikings, driving down the field and eating clock like a fat man at a buffet got inside the Lions 5 yard line and on a fourth and short, were stuffed. The Lions then answered with a touchdown pass to Johnson and took a commanding 33-21 lead early in the fourth after a failed 2 point conversion. Then the defense came up with another huge play when Cliff Avril, who already had a fumble recovery earlier in the game, grabbed a Tony Romo pass that was tossed in the air trying to prevent a sack that he rumbled in for a pick 6. The Vikings had one more shot when Romo lead them down for a touchdown drive, but the onsides kick was recovered by Walker Stream and the Lions sealed the victory with a knee to the roar of the Lion crowd. "We played a perfect game really other than on that first drive, we didn't even punt once." coach Westcott observed "It goes to show that if you want to win this division you need to play that way if you think you'll even have a chance."