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article imageNFL: Lions come from behind to start season 3-0

By Austin Tyler     Sep 25, 2011 in Sports
Minneapolis - The Viking brought in Donovan McNabb to lead the Viking to wins, but as of right now they are just taking loses. This one was bad as the Detroit Lions came from behind to win the game in overtime.
The Minnesota Viking (0-3) hosted the Detroit Lions (3-0) for a Week 3 divisional matchup that going to either give the Vikings them winless or give the Detroit Lions their first loss. The Lions are coming off a big win last week and were looking to capitalize on their success. The Vikings are just looking to hit their stride and get their first win of the season.
Minnesota opened the game with the ball and the offense was moving as they moved the ball 63-yards on 12 plays. Donovan McNabb (22/36, 211, 1 TD) got the ball moving with a couple of passes, but it was a Adrian Peterson (17 carries, 78 yards, 1 TD) 43 yard run that set them up for a field-goal. Ryan Longwell came on to kick a 33-yard field-goal, and give the Vikings a 3-0 lead.
The Lions first possession was three and out before they punted the ball away back to the Vikings. The Vikings got the ball back and moved it again to try and get into scoring position. McNabb made Peterson moved the ball 30-yards on eight plays before Longwell game on to kick another field-goal. The Vikings took a 6-0 lead after a 41-yard Longwell field-goal.
Detroit struggled on their next drive as well going three and out again. The Viking struggled on their next drive as they struggled to move that ball in seven plays being forced to punt the ball away.
At the 9:05 mark in the second quarter the Vikings took over and moved the ball 67-yards in 6 plays. Percy Harvin (2 carries, 41 yards) had a run for 39-yards, and McNabb hit Kyle Rudolph (3 receptions, 39 yards) for two big catches. Peterson then ran in for a 6-yard touchdown. The Vikings took a 13-0 lead after that drive with 6:01 left in the half.
Both teams struggled to score until it was .50 seconds left in the half and McNabb hit tight end Vistanthe Shiancoe for an 8-yard touchdown pass. The Vikings took a 20-0 lead going into halftime after that touchdown pass.
The second half opened and neither team could score until 11”01 mark when the Lions got decent field position. The Lions moved the ball 52-yards on this drive and scored in just 4 plays. Matthew Stafford hit his tight end Brandon Pettigrew (11 receptions, 112 yards) for a first-down. Stafford then hit Calvin Johnson (7 receptions, 108 yards, 2 TD’s) for the first Lions score of the game. Johnson caught a 32-yard touchdown that made it a 20-7 game.
The Vikings went three and out on their next drive and punted the ball back to the Lions. Detroit took over and got the ball moving as they went 41-yards before Jason Hanson came on to make a field-goal. Stafford and Pettigrew hooked up on this drive three times before Hanson’s 28-yard field-goal which cut the Vikings lead in half 20-10.
The Lions got the ball with 1:48 left in the third quarter and a drive that ended with them scoring on the first play of the fourth quarter. Running back Jahvid Best (5 receptions, 74 yards) got a 60-yard pass, and then Stafford hit Johnson for another touchdown pass. Johnson caught a 5-yard catch and like that the Lions were back in it 20-17.
With 11:13 left in the game the Lions took over after a Vikings punt and moved the ball just 32-yards. Detroit had trouble moving the ball, but was able to get the ball in field-goal range for Hanson. Hanson made a 50-yard field-goal and that tied the game up at 20-points apiece.
Minnesota continued to struggle as they went three and out, and punted the ball back to the Lions. Detroit could not move the ball that well either, but they were able to get into field-goal range again. They moved the ball 17-yards on this drive, and Hanson came in to kick another field-goal. Hanson made a 40-yard field-goal that completed the comeback by giving the Lions a 23-30 lead.
The Vikings had 2:30 left in the game and they were finally able to do something with the ball in the second half. They put McNabb in the shotgun as they marched 52-yards on this drive. McNabb made some nice passes, but they were not able to get in the endzone. Longwell came on to kick a 49-yard field-goal and tie the game up 23-points apiece.
The game went into overtime where the Lions got the ball first to begin the period. Stafford hit Johnson on a 40-yard pass and then the Lions brought Hanson in to try and win the game. Hanson came on and made a 32-yard field-goal that made it 26-23 and gave the Lions a 3-0 start on the season.
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