Record-Seekers vs. Lions
GAME NOTES vs. DETROIT
Darren Sharper's two interceptions give him a career total of 51, moving him into first place among active players. Ty Law of Kansas City has 50, and Aaron Glenn of Jacksonville is a distant third with 40 interceptions.
The Vikings' consecutive win streak against Detroit comes to and end and ranks second-longest in team history versus an opponent – the top two streaks each coming against the Lions. From 1968-74, the Vikings won 13 straight against Detroit, and from 2002-2006 they had won 10 straight.
The last time the Vikings returned defensive touchdowns in consecutive weeks was on Nov. 13, 2005 and Nov. 21, 2005.
Troy Williamson and Aundrae Allison each had career long kickoff returns. This is the first time in the Vikings' history that they had two 50-yard returns in the same game. Against the Lions, the two returns rank second and third longest in the all-time series. Jarvis Redwine still holds the longest Vikings return against the Lions with a 76-yarder in 1982. Allison had a 60-yarder and Williamson had a 56-yard return on Sunday.
Bryant McKinnie started his 73rd consecutive game, which moves him past Steve Riley's 72 and into fourth place all-time among offensive tackles. Tim Irwin holds the record at that position with 181 consecutive starts from 1982 to 1993, followed by Ron Yary's 150 (1969-79) and Gary Zimmerman's 108 (1986-92).
Matt Birk started his 93rd game, which moves him past Jeff Christy's 92 and into third place all-time among Vikings centers. Mick Tingelhoff holds the record with 240 starts while Dennis Swilley sits in second place with 101.
Ray Edwards scored his first career NFL touchdown with his 9-yard fumble return.
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