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Lions 16, Vikings 14

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DETROIT — Matt Prater kicked three field goals, including a go-ahead 33-yarder with 3:38 remaining, and the Detroit Lions moved into a first-place tie in the NFC North with a 16-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Ford Field.

Wide receiver Golden Tate caught seven passes and scored Detroit’s only touchdown, as quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for a season-low 153 yards. Running back Joique Bell added a combined 103 yards rushing and receiving.

The Lions (10-4), who have won three straight, held the Vikings (6-8) scoreless in the second half and pulled even in the division with Green Bay, which lost at Buffalo on Sunday. The Lions can clinch a playoff berth with a win at Chicago or Green Bay in their remaining games.

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed 31 of 41 passes for 315 yards and a touchdown but also threw two first-half interceptions that led to 10 Detroit points. Running back Matt Asiata picked up a combined 86 yards, including a rushing touchdown.

The Lions didn’t have a first down through the first 20 minutes and spotted the Vikings a two-touchdown lead.

Minnesota drove 84 yards in 10 plays late in the first quarter for the game’s first score, a 2-yard run by Asiata. Wide receiver Greg Jennings set up the touchdown with a 26-yard sideline catch.

Jennings made it 14-0 with an 8-yard touchdown grab, his fifth of the season, with 10:05 remaining in the half.

Safety Glover Quin gave the Lions a spark by making an interception for the third consecutive game and returning it 56 yards to the 11. Detroit cashed in two plays later on Stafford’s 7-yard pass to Tate.

Prater’s 29-yard field goal following an interception by cornerback Darius Slay cut the Vikings’ lead to 14-10 by halftime.

Prater added a 30-yard field goal for the only scoring during the third quarter.

Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh had a 26-yard field-goal attempt blocked by defensive end Jason Jones, keeping the Lions within a point. Detroit then drove 65 yards, including a 23-yard reception by wide receiver Calvin Johnson, to set up Prater’s go-ahead field goal.

The Vikings then couldn’t pick up a first down after Cordarrelle Patterson’s 51-yard kickoff return. They got the ball back in the final minute but Walsh’s 68-yard try fell well short.

NOTES: Detroit RT LaAdrian Waddle suffered a left knee injury with 4:48 remaining in the third quarter and was carted off. … Minnesota was missing three defensive starters — LB Anthony Barr (knee), DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) and S Robert Blanton (ankle) — as well as OG Charlie Johnson (ankle). … The last time the Lions finished the regular season with a 7-1 home record was 1995. … Jim Caldwell became the first Detroit coach to win at least 10 games in his first season since Potsy Clark won 11 in 1931. … Detroit has won two straight in December after going winless during the month the previous two seasons. … Minnesota completes its season with games at Miami and home against Chicago.


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