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Week 9 live blog: Detroit Lions 22, Minnesota Vikings 16 in OT

In-game notes from U.S. Bank Stadium as the Minnesota Vikings host the Detroit Lions.


The Minnesota Vikings started the era of Pat Shurmur calling the offensive plays with three straight passes, but Sam Bradford’s first third-down pass was behind Adam Thielen, forcing a punt.

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.

INJURIES: Captain Munnerlyn left the game with ankle and knee injuries and Marcus Sherels left to get X-rays on his ankle.


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.


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