Record-Seekers vs. Lions

The Vikings had plenty of chances to beat Detroit, thanks to a few record-setting performances, one that put a player atop an NFL list and a combined effort that became a franchise first.


  • 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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