The Lions looked like they might go out after picking up only one first down, too, but Theo Riddick broke off a 42-yard run up the middle on third-and-7 to put the Lions in scoring territory, where Matt Prater hit a 47-yard field to give Detroit a 3-0 lead after a nine-play drive.
The Vikings drove to midfield on their second series, but a third-down pass interference call on Cordarrelle Patterson and a no-call on a potential pass interference on the Lions on the next play drew the ire of the Minnesota crowd.
The defense held and the Vikings ended the first quarter trailing 3-0 but with the offense driving into scoring position. Bradford finished the opening period 8-for-12 for 70 yards and Ronnie Hillman finished with four rushes for 29 yards. The Vikings held a 103-66 advantage in yards.
Blair Walsh started the second-quarter scoring with a 33-yard field goal after a 12-play, 61-yard drive stalled once inside the red zone.
The offense had another great opportunity when Chad Greenway intercepted a Matthew Stafford pass and returned it 17 yards to the 18-yard line, but the Vikings had an ugly series of plays – a false start on T.J. Clemmings, an illegal block in the back on Jeremiah Sirles, a minus-4 run by Hillman and a Haloti Ngata sack to force a punt from the 40-yard line.
The Lions responded with a 17-play, 84-yard drive that lasted nearly 10 minutes and took advantage of two questionable calls on a depleted Vikings defensive backfield that featured rookie Mackensie Alexander in for Munnerlyn and Anthony Harris filling in for Andrew Sendejo. Eventually, Anquan Boldin beat Alexander for the 1-yard touchdown and a 10-3 lead with 5 seconds left in the half.
By the end of the half, the Vikings were outgained 171 yards to 105.
Bradford finished the half 11-for-15 for 84 yards and Stafford was 13-for-17 for 95 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
INJURIES: Andrew Sendejo left the game in the second quarter.
After an exchange of punts, the Vikings got their offense rolling again. This time they were the recipient of a pass interference call when Charles Johnson got shoved out of bounds for a 22-yard penalty. A 16-yard pass play to Thielen got the Vikings inside the red zone, but this time they took advantage. Facing third-and-goal on the 1-yard line, Linval Joseph entered the game and the Vikings used play-action to Asiata and Bradford hit Kyle Rudolph in the back of the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown, but Walsh’s extra point hit off the right upright to keep the Lions in the lead with 4:02 to play in the quarter.
Just as Walsh’s missed extra point was responsible for a one-point deficit, he could also be charged for more points squandered. When the Vikings drove into Lions territory on their next drive, but called on Walsh for a 46-yard attempt. That one was blocked and Glover Quin returned the block to the Vikings 42-yard line. Three plays later, Matt Prater hit from 52 yards out and the Vikings trailed 13-9 with 12:33 to play.
Once again, the Vikings drive inside the red zone, highlighted by passes of 10 yards to Diggs and 32 yards to Ronnie Hillman. But on third-and-2, Jerick McKinnon gained one yard and on fourth-and-1 Asiata was stuffed for no gain.
The Vikings got in the same situation on their next drive, but this time they converted on fourth-and-4 with an 8-yard pass to Stefon Diggs, and then got the touchdown with a 1-yard Rhett Ellison run to take a 16-13 lead.
However, a 27-yard pass to Andre Robert gave Prater a chance at a 58-yard field goal and he hit it as time expired to send it to overtime.
The Lions converted four third downs on their overtime drive, including a 28-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate to win it, 22-16.