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Vikings Climb to .500 with 42-10 Pounding of Lions

Minnesota Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson, right, breaks up a pass attempt by Detroit Lions quarterback Jon Kitna in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, in Minneapolis. Kitna was replaced late in the fourth by backup J.T. O'Sullivan. The Vikings won 42-10.

The Detroit Lions, who a month ago, were very much a playoff contender, have reverted to their old habit – losing. Minnesota, on the other hand, have surged to the point that they are all of a sudden playoff contenders themselves. Minnesota scored on their first six possessions to overwhelm the Detroit Lions 42-10 at Minneapolis.

To illustrate how badly the Lions were punked by the Vikings, the Lions were assessed for 3 personal foul penalties and rushed for only 23 yards. Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson set up the Viking’s first score by ripping a 28-yard run which would set up a Chester Taylor touchdown run; Peterson would rush for a TD himself, giving the Vikings a 14-3 lead early 2nd quarter. Detroit came back with a 2-yard TD pass from quarterback Jon Kitna to tight end Casey FitzSimmons to narrow it to 14-10.

Special teams proved key, as well as Vikings rookie wide receiver-kick returner Aundrae Allison would return the ensuing kickoff 103 yards for a TD in what would be a huge 2nd quarter for Minnesota. Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson threw TD passes to WR’s Simeon Rice and Bobby Wade, giving Minnesota a huge 35-10 lead at halftime. Peterson would finish the Lions for good with a 13-yard TD run, capping off the game’s scoring.

Minnesota’s Jackson had one of his better efforts, going 18-of-24 for 204 yards, with 2 TD’s and 1 INT. Peterson led all Viking rushers with 116 yards in rushing yardage on only 15 carries and 2 TD’s; Chester Taylor added 14 carries for 70 yards and a rushing TD. Wade and Rice scored a receiving TD each. Detroit’s Jon Kitna had a fair game, going 27-of-36 for 250 yards, with a TD and INT. The Lions’ running game was squashed, with T.J. Duckett rushing for only 22 yards. Roy Williams led all Lions receivers with 5 receptions for 85 yards. Minnesota (6-6), now tied with Detroit (6-6) for the last wild-card vacancy, travels west to face the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday afternoon.


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