The first time the Vikings met the Lions was on November 19, 1961,
during the Vikings inaugural season. The Vikings lost that game, 37-10
at Met Stadium, only to lose to the Lions again three weeks later 13-7 at
Detroit.
The last time the two teams met was on December 2, 2007, when
the Vikings defeated the Lions 42-10 at the Metrodome. It was the
team’s 10th consecutive win at home over the Lions, improving the Vikings
overall record against Detroit since 2000 to 14-2. The win was the
Vikings third of the Vikings five-game winning streak in 2007 that put
them back into playoff contention.
Vikings Offense
The Vikings offense racked up 443 total yards in the game, with 216
coming on the ground. The team exploded for 28 points in the second
quarter and 35 in the fi rst half - the most points in a half against the Lions
in Vikings history. RB Adrian Peterson carried the ball 15 times for 116
yards and two touchdowns. Peterson’s touchdowns gave him 11 for the
year and moved him into 2nd place for most touchdowns in a season by
a Vikings rookie. RB Chester Taylor added another 70 rushing yards
and a TD, while QB Tarvaris Jackson ran fi ve times for 20 yards.
With the effective running game, the Vikings were able to open up
passing lanes as well. On the day, Jackson completed 18-of-24 passes
for for 204 yards and two scores. It was his fi rst game with two touchdown
passes. Jackson found nine receivers on the day, and his 110.4
QB rating ranked as a career high and still ranks as his second-highest
performance. Rookie WR Sidney Rice led the Vikings receivers with fi ve
catches for 53 yards and a TD, while fellow WR Bobby Wade added
four receptions for 54 yards and a score.
Vikings Defense
Defensively the Vikings were outstanding, limiting the Lions to 23
rushing yards on seven carries and holding them to 10 points. The Lions
controlled the ball for only 22 minutes and 58 seconds on the day. DE
Ray Edwards, LB E.J. Henderson, DE Jayme Mitchell and DT Kevin
Williams all threw Lions QB Jon Kitna for a loss. Henderson tied for the
team lead along with CB Charles Gordon, CB Marcus McCauley and
S Darren Sharper with five tackles.
Vikings Special Teams
The Vikings special teams unit saw limited action on the day, as P
Chris Kluwe punted only one time, a 41-yard boot. K Ryan Longwell
was 6-for-6 on PATs but never had an opportunity to kick a fi eld goal. On
the receiving end, however, Vikings WR Aundrae Allison returned three
kickoffs for 144 yards, averaging 48 yards per return. Allison had one of
the most electrifying plays of the 2007 season when he returned a kickoff
104 yards for the touchdown, setting a Vikings record with the longest
play in team history.