Record-Seekers vs. Lions

The Vikings had a number of personal firsts on defense and one the best defensive performances defending against the rush. Find out who made their mark in the record book against the Lions.


  • Brad Johnson's touchdown pass moved him into fifth place in Vikings history with 59 touchdown tosses, surpassing Warren Moon's 58 as a Viking. Fran Tarkenton leads the list with 239, followed by Tommy Kramer (159), Daunte Culpepper (139) and Wade Wilson (66). Johnson's touchdown pass also gave him 14 against Detroit in his career, the most against any opponent.

  • Ben Leber's touchdown return for a touchdown was the first of his career.

  • E.J. Henderson scored his first NFL touchdown with his 45-yard interception return. It was also his first career interception.

  • Napoleon Harris had the first interception of his career.

  • Chester Taylor had his second 100-yard game rushing of the season with his 123-yard performance. His 26 attempts were the third-most in team history against the Lions, following Chuck Forman's 33 in 1977 and Dave Osborn's 27 in 1970.

  • Jason Hanson's 53-yard field goal for Detroit was the longest by a Lion against the Vikings in the series history. He also had the series' previous mark with a 52-yarder.

  • The 16 yards rushing allowed by the Vikings defense is tied for third-best in team history. They held San Francisco to 12 yards in 1969 and Tampa Bay to 15 in 1987.

  • The Vikings have now won nine straight and 13 of the last 14 games against the Lions. The last time the Lions won in Minnesota was on Dec. 14, 1997.

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