VU Daily Blog: Lions game

We'll compile our tweets and blog entries from the lead-up to NFL Week 14 against the Lions here. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progresses through the VU Daily Blog.

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POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 08:26:00
Grading the game: Lions: Only one aspect of the Vikings' 34-28 loss to Detroit garnered anything higher than an ...
http://t.co/ejUfEO9j
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 17:51:00
Timing everything for Vikings' young QBs: Christian Ponder had four turnovers and Joe Webb one, many of them due...
http://t.co/qp7CNWuU
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:49:00
Notebook: CB Griffin remains in Vikings' mix: Vikings CB Cedric Griffin is not in Leslie Frazier's doghouse, the...
http://t.co/yVzajrcM
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:47:00
WR Burton heads to injured reserve: Hot News for WR Stephen Burton 
http://t.co/Op1CLbzy
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:47:00
WR Manny Arceneaux promoted to active roster: Hot News for WR Emmanuel Arceneaux 
http://t.co/9UlH3Gwl
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:43:00
The #
Vikings announced that they still have about 3,500 tickets left for the #Saints game. Last week, they were at about 6,500.
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:37:00
Burton doesn't need surgery. Manny Arceneaux expected to be promoted. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:35:00
Stephen Burton is headed to injured reserve with MCL damage. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 09:03:00
The day the Metrodome collapsed: Players recalled their reactions and their thoughts when the roof of the Metrod...
http://t.co/nKn1dsGH
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 08:30:00
Yotter: A tale of two benchings: Christian Ponder and Cedric Griffin were both benched, but only one of them too...
http://t.co/Ap1tvC6U
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 08:30:00
Ponder remains the Vikings' starter: Christian Ponder was benched in the third quarter Sunday, but he will remai...
http://t.co/HtRKIr4M
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 22:08:00
Photo Gallery: Vikings-Lions: Pictures from the Vikings' 34-28 loss to the Lions at the Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan
http://t.co/le2o7foY
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 22:08:00
Close losses a continuing trend for Vikings: The Vikings continue to find ways to lose, whether it is blowing bi...
http://t.co/wQeZbxAl
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 22:08:00
Notebook: Vikings QBs take blame for loss: Both Vikings quarterbacks, Christian Ponder and Joe Webb, took respon...
http://t.co/XgEjGEWQ
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 20:33:00
Former head of officials Mike Pereira explains the missed facemask on #
Vikings Webb in the video box on front page:http://t.co/QXQ3DyJW
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 19:01:00
Turning point: Turnovers start and end game: The Vikings started with a fumble and ended with a fumble, an appro...
http://t.co/Wib8ShG9
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 18:29:00
Record-seekers vs. Lions: Joe Webb and Jared Allen were breaking franchise records, with Allen moving up on the ...
http://t.co/z88Tece4
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 17:27:00
Webb's comeback attempt fumbled away: The Vikings replaced Christian Ponder after three interceptions, but Joe W... 
http://t.co/9MpShrcd
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 17:17:00
Visual evidence of the facemask on Joe Webb and his fumble:
http://t.co/XIJnxaNJ #Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 17:03:00
Christian Ponder didn't use the hip injury as an excuse. "I was hurting the team more than I was helping the team," he said. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:58:00
Joe Webb on the final fumble: "That's one play I wish I could take back. That one play determined the game." #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:57:00
Joe Webb on last play: "I dropped back, the rush came pretty fast. I should have just threw it out of bounds." #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:52:00
Joe Webb on facemask: "I can't decide. Some people said it was a facemask. I'd have to look at it on film." #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:41:00
Leslie Frazier said if Christian Ponder is healthy, he is still the No. 1 quarterback. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:27:00
RT @
MikePereira:Foul occurred while player's back was to ref & player was running away. Ref was in correct position, foul was hard to see.
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:19:00
I don't think you'll ever see Frazier run to the officials and tell them to know the ##@$%$% rules, but still ... refs missed that. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:17:00
Joe Webb stripped of the ball, the #
Lions recover and the #Vikings lose. Officials missed a clear face mask.
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:15:00
Webb runs for a first down on fourth down and Cliff Avril jumps offside. Ball on the 1-yard line with 9 seconds left. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:15:00
Webb runs for a first down on fourth down and Cliff Avril jumps offside. Ball on the 1-yard line with 9 seconds left. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:10:00
Ball was tipped before it got there. RT @
ChrisCook_31: Catch it wit your hands! #Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:07:00
At the 2-minute warning, #
Vikings have the ball in their 44-line and need a touchdown for the win.
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:06:00
With fourth-and-1, Harvin is on the sideline and they hand off to Toby Gerhart for a first down. Remember fourth-and-1 with Gerhart?
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:53:00
RT @
JonEkstrom: First career TD pass for Webb, has 3 rushing TDs. First career receiving TD for Gerhart. #Vikingsdown 7.
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:52:00
The #
vikings are back within a touchdown after a 2-yard pass to Gerhart from Webb. #Lions 34, #Vikings 28. 7:54 to play.
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:49:00
Not sure the #
Vikings shouldn't have challenged the spot if they are going to take a timeout. Webb looked close to the first down.
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:43:00
RT @
JonEkstrom: Percy Harvin with 130 total yards on the day. 47 return, 43 receiving and 40 rush. #Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:40:00
Percy Harvin is back to return the kick and returns it to the 40. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:38:00
The #
Vikings defends bends, but yields a field goal and they trail 34-21 with 12:17 to play.
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:31:00
At the end of the third quarter, the #
Vikings trail 31-21 with the #Lions having converted their last three third downs.
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:24:00
Mistral Raymond is down. Appeared to be going for his left leg. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:18:00
Joe Webb is now the #
Vikings leading rusher with 77 yards on the ground. Toby Gerhart has 72.
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:18:00
Joe Webb is now the #
Vikings leading rusher with 77 yards on the ground. Toby Gerhart has 72.
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:17:00
Joe Webb's third run on his first series brings the #
Vikingswithin 10 points, 31-21.
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:17:00
Joe Webb's third run on his first series brings the #
Vikingswithin 10 points, 31-21.
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:16:00
Joe Webb goes 65 yards for a touchdown. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:16:00
Joe Webb goes 65 yards for a touchdown. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:10:00
After taking a big shot after his third interception, Christian Ponder is on the sideline and Joe Webb is in. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:10:00
After taking a big shot after his third interception, Christian Ponder is on the sideline and Joe Webb is in. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:06:00
Jared Allen just missed his fourth sack. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:03:00
FOX replay shows a clear blindside hit on the quarterback after Ponder's interception. Schwartz is wrong to argue that one. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:00:00
Just a bad decision as Ponder throws across his body and is intercepted for the third time today. This time it's Eric Wright. #
Vikings
 

POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2011 AT 14:54:00

Turnovers kill, Vikings trail 31-14 at halftime

The Vikings couldn't hold onto the ball and the Lions are simply taking advantage in a 31-14 halftime advantage.

Christian Ponder threw two interceptions and was stripped of the ball twice. The first strip, on the first offensive play, was recovered in the end zone for a Lions touchdown and a 7-0 lead 1:04 into the game.

On the next series, Alphonso Smith intercepted Ponder and, three plays later, Titus Young burned through Cedric Griffin and Jamarca Sanford for a 53-yard touchdown and a 14-0 Lions lead.

After the Vikings went three-and-out, the Lions went 66 yards, the final 29 coming on two passes to TE Brandon Pettigrew, who scored on a 12-yard touchdown in front of Sanford.

Minnesota's offense responded with an 80-yard drive that featured a heavy dose of Percy Harvin and Visanthe Shiancoe, who capped the series with a 7-yard tight end screen for a 21-7 deficit.

But on their next series, the turnovers raised up again for the Vikings and Ponder, who threw another interception to Smith. The Detroit cornerback returned this one 30 yards for a 28-7 Lions lead.

Ponder responded again, as the Vikings went 60 yards and Ponder hit Harvin for a 6-yard touchdown to cap the drive and make it 28-14.

But one more turnover for the Vikings – this one a fumble by Lorenzo Booker – inside their own 20-yard line allowed Jason Hanson to kick a 30-yard field goal and give Detroit a 31-14 halftime lead.

Four turnovers for the Vikings led to 24 of the Lions' 31 points.

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POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:41:00
Ponder takes a knee to end the half with the #
Vikings trailing 31-14.
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:41:00
Kyle Vanden Bosch gets around Charlie Johnson and knocks the ball out of Ponder's hand for a fumble. Gerhart recovers. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:34:00
Jason Hanson hits a 30-yard field goal for a 31-14 #
Lions lead over the #Vikings with 1:05 to play in the first half.
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:31:00
RT @
JonEkstrom: Jared Allen is the 26th player to top 100 sacks since 1982 when they started recording sacks as an official stat. #Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:25:00
Jared Allen gets his third sack of the game. #
Lions fans wishing he threw himself off a bridge. That's 100.5 career sacks for him. #Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:23:00
Lorenzo Booker fumbles in the red zone and Sammie Hill recovers. That's Booker's second fumble of the day. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:20:00
Jamarca Sanford with a big hit on Calvin Johnson that sends Megatron to the sideline taking a knee. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:17:00
RT @
JonEkstrom: Allen's 16.5 sacks ranks 4th best in #Vikings history.
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:16:00
Christian Ponder overthrows Devin Aromashodu and Alphonso Smith nearly has his third INT of the game. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:14:00
Official ruling gives Jared/Gerald Allen his second sack of the game. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:12:00
Percy Harvin is the #
Vikings leading receiver (4-28) and leading rusher (4-40).
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:09:00
Christian Ponder zips a quick slant to Percy Harvin for a 6-yard TD and the #
Vikings are still in the game, trailing the #Lions28-14.
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:57:00
Alphonso Smith has his second interception of Christian Ponder and the #
Lions will take a 28-7 lead pending the PAT. #Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:42:00
#
Vikings get into the end zone with a 7-yard delayed screen pass to Visanthe Shiancoe. #Lions lead 21-7.
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:36:00
RT @
JonEkstrom: #Vikings WR Stephen Burton is questionable to return with a knee injury.
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:32:00
Matthew Stafford hits Brandon Pettigrew in front of Jamarca Sanford for a 12-yard TD and the #
Lions have a 21-0 lead over the #Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:28:00
So we now have breakdowns on offense, defense and special teams. It's all snowballing early. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:26:00
Once again, Marcus Sherel doesn't get upfield on a kickoff return and gets leveled at the 11. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:23:00
So 5:45 into the game, Christian Ponder has been stripped for a touchdown and thrown a pick that leads to a TD and the #
Vikings trail 14-0.
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:20:00
Titus Young burns through the secondary for a 53-yard touchdown. Looked familiar with Griffin and Sanford in coverage. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:19:00
Jared Allen draw boos with a sack, giving him 15.5 on the season. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:15:00
After a 32-yard run by Percy Harvin, Christian Ponder throws a pick. He threw into triple coverage for Aromashodu. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:10:00
The #
Lions get a strip of Christian Ponder by Cliff Avril and Stephen Tulloch recovers in the end zone for a touchdown. #Vikings down 7-0.
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:08:00
#
Vikings hold on their first defensive series, helped by a low third-down pass from Stafford. Looks like they won't shadow Calvin Johnson.
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 12:12:00
Peterson out, Ponder in for Vikings: Adrian Peterson is out for the third straight game with a high ankle sprain...
http://t.co/Cnr1ijrj
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 12:12:00
Peterson out, Ponder in for Vikings: Adrian Peterson is out for the third straight game with a high ankle sprain...
http://t.co/Cnr1ijrj
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 11:40:00
Adrian Peterson is out, but Christian Ponder will start for the #
Vikings The update: http://t.co/yJfsYkJf
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 11:32:00
#
Vikings inactives: RB Adrian Peterson, CB Chris Cook, LB Xavier Adibi, OL Brandon Fusco, OL DeMarcus Love, TE Allen Reisner, DE D. Reed.
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 11:30:00
It's official. Adrian Peterson is inactive, but Christian Ponder is active and will start. #
Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 09:30:00
By the numbers: Offensive stars questionable: The Vikings won't know until a couple hours before the game whethe...
http://t.co/NpxRc0q9
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 02:23:00
Preview: Enigmatic Lions hard to figure: Injuries and dumb mistakes have made the Lions a plummeting team over t...
http://t.co/dqy7kCoW
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 02:23:00
Key matchup: Megatron vs. the replacements: Calvin Johnson usually gets his yardage and touchdowns against start...
http://t.co/6NCCisyA
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 02:23:00
Sunday Slant: Stadium hearing proves a waste: The Senate hearings held to gather information for a new Vikings s...
http://t.co/1VzX0iEX
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 12:10:00
Are the Lions a dirty team? Vikings respond: The Lions have earned a reputation as being a dirty team and their ...
http://t.co/jJvyMqzf
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 08:30:00
Allen gains confidence with weekly challenges: Asher Allen has been asked to face the opposition's best receiver...
http://t.co/H3qv64om
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 08:30:00
Vikings-Lions game plan: The Vikings' secondary has a lot to prove, and covering the Lions' receivers is a tall ...
http://t.co/vBPDvCzY
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 08:30:00
Vikings-Lions game scout: The Vikings could be without Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder, but the Lions have ...
http://t.co/GWyVoOvX
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 18:12:00
Clarification/updates on the #
Lions injury report. CB Chris Houston is doubtful. LB Justin Durant is questionable. #Vikings
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 17:17:00
Could anytime, but likely won't. It's a #
Vikings decision. RT @Atraingr8: @VikingUpdate When can Chris Cook Play Again? #JustWondering
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:28:00
Rudolph impresses teammates, coaches: Kyle Rudolph's touchdown catch last Sunday was impressive, but it wasn't a...
http://t.co/823ELJKj
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:28:00
Draft report: Top prospects give indications?: Two of the top NFL prospects in the country may be leaning separa...
http://t.co/N3ealD56


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