Lions beat Vikings to take sole possession of division lead

"A charmed life? We'd be up by 30 in the fourth quarter", Stafford said. If we win, good things will happen. "We feel like we're working our tails off to get wins".

Free Press sports writers Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez discuss what the Lions at 7-4 means for the rest of the season and beyond.

Slay stepped in front of Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford's intended pass for receiver Adam Thielen and returned it 13 yards to put the Lions within field-goal range at the Minnesota 20-yard line.

Vikings kicker Kai Forbath's 30-yard field goal tied the game at 10-all with 7:03 remaining in the third quarter.

"We've got five games, and there's no reason everything that we want to attain isn't still in our grasp, " Rudolph said.

First place all alone in the division after Week 12 in the National Football League season is a good place to be for the Lions, but Caldwell was quick to point out that no trophies are given out with five games remaining.

"He's as good as they come in those situations", Detroit head coach Jim Caldwell said. "Guys did a great job". Then they were going to struggle without Adrian Peterson, but they kept winning and started the season 5-0.

"If they were handing out trophies today after this win, that's a little bit different. But we're happy that we were able to find a way to pull them out, that's for sure".

Matthew Stafford completed 23 of 40 passes for 232 yards and a touchdown, and Anquan Boldin caught seven passes for 69 yards and a score for Detroit. "But, sometimes some of these three-yard throws are runs and end up being five-yard plays". An illegal formation penalty wiped out a pass completion that would have given the Vikings a first down on the previous play. "We had to keep playing, but we didn't make enough plays". He became the sixth person to play one of the tackle spots for the Vikings this season, including three players - Matt Kalil, Andre Smith and Jake Long - on injured reserve.

Pass protection was near flawless in the first half of the game. Bradford's average depth per pass was just 3.5 yards past the line of scrimmage, by far the lowest of any quarterback playing on Thanksgiving.

Bradford was efficient until the game's lone turnover.

Slay, who also had four tackles and a pass defensed, had only one interception on the season coming into Week 12.

The Lions have now won six of the last seven games, and with two victories over the Vikings, Detroit appears to be the strong favorite to win the NFC North. “We dont just go out there to stop them.

Berger has been a regular starter for the Vikings since the middle of the 2014 season.

After booting a 48-yard field goal to tie the game 13-13 with 1:45 left, Prater kicked a couple of balls into the net on the sideline to stay loose just in case another opportunity arose.

NOTES: Along with WR Stefon Diggs (knee), Minnesota played without CB and PR Marcus Sherels (rib), CB Terence Newman (neck) and DT Sharrif Floyd (knee).

Meanwhile, the Lions won for the seventh time with a fourth-quarter comeback. As the Vikings shift their attention to Thursday's game against Dallas, Zimmer said there are still plenty of positives surrounding the Vikings.

The Lions don't play again until December 4 against the New Orleans Saints.



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