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Lions end 13-game losing streak in Minnesota

Calvin Johnson, Chris Cook AP

In the event there isn’t a term for when the Heimlich maneuver doesn’t work, we are officially proposing one.

The Viking.

The Minnesota Vikings have lost three games that they led by 10 or more points at halftime, falling to 0-3.

On Sunday, the Vikings led the Lions 20-0 at the half.  In the third quarter, the Lions cut it in half.  In the fourth quarter, another 13 points put Detroit in the lead for the first time.

The Vikings tied it up late, and the Lions drove down the field with the first drive of overtime.  Calvin Johnson, who scored two second-half touchdown, made a falling 40-yard catch while being dragged down by Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin to put the Lions in range for Jason Hanson’s fourth field goal of the game.

Inexplicably, Griffin was covering Johnson without help over the top.

The Lions are now 3-0, three games ahead of the Vikings in the NFC North.  It was Detroit’s first win in Minnesota since 1997.

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72 Responses to “Lions end 13-game losing streak in Minnesota”
  1. senti45 says: Sep 25, 2011 4:35 PM

    i think im going to watch just first halfs from now on

  2. akasaintsbaby says: Sep 25, 2011 4:36 PM

    Man, if they would shorten nfl games to two quarters you guys would rule!

  3. duanethomas says: Sep 25, 2011 4:37 PM

    Time to start Ponder, McNabb will be a talking head on ESPN next year. He has nothing left and Reid knew it, Shanhan confirmed it, now we all know.

  4. doowix says: Sep 25, 2011 4:38 PM

    GO LIONS!!!

  5. vikingssoxfrustration says: Sep 25, 2011 4:38 PM

    I have the sinking feeling it’s going to be rough for the next five years or so…

  6. moochzilla says: Sep 25, 2011 4:40 PM

    Some people make mistakes in they lives, and the Vikings made a big one over the summer.

  7. bobbylaynesreplacement says: Sep 25, 2011 4:41 PM

    HAIL MEGATRON!!!!! dude is SICK!!

    Roar Restored!!!!!!

  8. jdmp86 says: Sep 25, 2011 4:41 PM

    …and after the kick as the refs stood around trying to figure our the OT rules Jim Schwartz had to be held back a by a player as he politely told them to them…classic

  9. fertacrit says: Sep 25, 2011 4:42 PM

    Vegas was wrong….6-10. 6 wins for this Gopher like team? Actually, I wonder who would win, the Gophers or the Vikings…I’m thinkin a tie…

    Good Lord are they bad!!!!

  10. johnnycash19 says: Sep 25, 2011 4:43 PM

    Megatron is simply a beast.

  11. thevikes85 says: Sep 25, 2011 4:43 PM

    I am so angry that i may cry.Congratulations to the lions,the dark days are upon us.sigh.

  12. madmike66 says: Sep 25, 2011 4:43 PM

    I’m dying to hear what excuses McNabb has today. Or how he’ll spin this one to suggest they are making progress.

  13. lionpride10 says: Sep 25, 2011 4:44 PM

    The lions deserve the hype. Tough first half but nearly flawless in the second. This team finally believes they can win.

  14. isphet71 says: Sep 25, 2011 4:45 PM

    As a Lions fan, I am SO stoked. That was a HUGE win.

    Is this what it feels like to have a real football team?

  15. bcar1023 says: Sep 25, 2011 4:45 PM

    Randy Who?? Who was that Moss guy who played receiver. Was he as good as Calvin Johnson? Ummm NO! 10 years from now Randy Moss will wish he was half as good as CJ.

  16. madmike66 says: Sep 25, 2011 4:45 PM

    @fertacrit You are wrong. Vikings would dominate the Gophers in the first half, but lose it in the 2nd half. Haven’t you been watching?

  17. The Prophet says: Sep 25, 2011 4:46 PM

    While McNabb didn’t cause a game losing turnover, it is obvious he adds completely nothing to this team, other than golf ball sized beads of sweat in the final minutes of the game.

    Any production from the Vikings were from big plays from Adrian, Percy, and the return team, while McNabb overthrew guys, threw behind his TE’s all game, and dinked and dunked for 3 yard passes. This is 3 close games in a row, where if our QB actually added something to the team, we would win these. It actually wouldn’t take much, but McNabb is even incapable of a little.

  18. staffordsyear says: Sep 25, 2011 4:52 PM

    Like I always say ..”good things happen when you throw it to calvin” thanks for listening lions,ha! Oh yeah..I was at the game in 97 when the lions last won in Minnesota..I don’t have to say that anymore:) its official lions are legit,staffords a stud,cj is king and the leos are 3-0!

  19. contra74 says: Sep 25, 2011 4:53 PM

    Congrats to the Lions. They believed and kept fighting. As a huge Vikings fan it was painful and sickening to watch the 3rd time in a row that they laid down and blew it in the second half. I don’t know who was sicker, me or Percy Harvin.

  20. houseofspears90 says: Sep 25, 2011 4:54 PM

    On one hand i feel bad for the Vikings fan, as us Lions’ fans know from experience how much it sucks for your team to find ways to lose, but GOD it feels so good for a win like this. Stafford to Johnson is beginning to look very nasty. I can’t even get my head around 3-0 yet. I am not one of the Lions weirdos that think superbowl this year but I am just happy with how we compete each week. We at least have a chance in any game. Bring on Dallas!!!!

  21. jamezz23 says: Sep 25, 2011 4:55 PM

    stafford has taken alot of big shots the last few weeks. hopefully breaking that china doll reputation. he looks to be as tough as they come, especially coming off those shoulder injuires he has shown no fear hanging in that pocket.

  22. dirtdawg55 says: Sep 25, 2011 4:55 PM

    So what excuses will Vikings fans offer up now? Could there be a bigger choke job team in sports right now? Well, other than the Red Sox?

    Oh well, at least McNabb proved he wasn’t the only one confused b the OT rules. Did you see the refs choke at the end of this one? Guess they caught chokeitis from the Vikings.

  23. Da Bears says: Sep 25, 2011 4:56 PM

    So is it official? The Vikes are tanking the season to facilitate their escape to L.A.? If you infuriate the locals enough they’ll boo you right out of town — that it?

  24. fatfreddystubbs says: Sep 25, 2011 4:57 PM

    Some people make mistakes in they lives, and the Vikings made a big one over the summer.

    ————————————————–
    And just like that, I’m proven right. An Eagles fan avoiding posts about their own game today, and instead going over to a Vikings post to gloat about Donovan losing.

    Instead of being happy about donovan being 0-3, why don’t you worry about being in last place and the fact that your $100 million QB can’t finish games.

  25. jaggedmark says: Sep 25, 2011 5:00 PM

    Calvin Johnson (A.K.A. Megatron!!!)

  26. Soulman45 says: Sep 25, 2011 5:02 PM

    The Lions played a good half they won but got to get better the run D was weak the O was slow getting started the SP team was nothing to brag about the O-line need some work the next draft but a upcoming team that will make the playoff and could go deep.
    A LIONS FAN for years on the West Coast

  27. heimerz says: Sep 25, 2011 5:02 PM

    Even when they go into the year with such low expectations the Vikings still find ways to break your heart.

    I think the first 3 weeks have shown us that the Leslie Frazier regime were not the men for the job in MN.

  28. bobbylaynesreplacement says: Sep 25, 2011 5:03 PM

    great win, it feels good to be 3-0 … but what do you guys think about Jeff Backus almost blowing the game for us????

  29. mclovin07 says: Sep 25, 2011 5:03 PM

    Meet the new “Tahi” in Toby Gerhart Viking fans….unreal.

    Just kick the damn FG next time. And if you don’t want to kick it, give to AP. I don’t care if the entire stadium knows. Giving it to Gerhart in that situation is just ridiculous…

    Musgrave should be fired for that call…

  30. hatesycophants says: Sep 25, 2011 5:03 PM

    That is a Big Time win!!! This win goes to Stafford and Johnson! Schwartz and Stafford are freaking ice cold.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

    Ice freaking cold.

  31. jessethegreat says: Sep 25, 2011 5:05 PM

    Instead of Megatron, he should change his name to Optimus Prime….. since he’s clearly entering his prime.

  32. purpwalk says: Sep 25, 2011 5:09 PM

    where is the heart?

    hmph!

    rookie head coach in a rebuilding year

  33. threedeep1998 says: Sep 25, 2011 5:12 PM

    As a Vikings fan I am happy for the Lions. LOL at the guy who said Megatron is better than Randy Moss. Do be serious. Megatron might be the best currently but Moss in his prime was the best there ever was.

  34. theduuuuuuuuuude says: Sep 25, 2011 5:14 PM

    @Dirtdawg55

    I don’t see any Vikings fans making excuses for this team, only losers who want to come on a Vikings thread and pour salt on the wounds. Get a life man.

  35. sws222 says: Sep 25, 2011 5:15 PM

    Now…..go to Dallas next week and beat the Cowboys….and i”ll be the happiest man on earth!

  36. truthserum4u says: Sep 25, 2011 5:16 PM

    The Minnesota Vikings – the NFL’s version of Groundhog Day.

  37. otis52gsh says: Sep 25, 2011 5:16 PM

    Wow. Brad Childress is laughing his pants off someplace. And again, harvin on the sidelines when we need him. What a joke.

  38. ytsejamer1 says: Sep 25, 2011 5:20 PM

    I said that this year, the Lions would start to learn how to win, but wouldn’t really put it together until next year. Well, next year is this year and they are doing some impressive things on the football field. Kudos to them.

  39. liontuss says: Sep 25, 2011 5:24 PM

    Don’t know a thing about Transformers, but gotta get Titus a Nickname just under Megatron in the pecking order. Young dude (pardon pun) is in need of one with those dangerous pressure grabs in the middle. Dude’s got mitts.

  40. davidgq says: Sep 25, 2011 5:28 PM

    Congrats to the Lion and Bills fans. Both teams are for real this year after years at the bottom.

    As for McNabb, is it ok to panic now?

  41. your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says: Sep 25, 2011 5:29 PM

    Another Lions fan from the West Coast. What an amazing victory. Titus Young is going to be a superstar. I worry about our O-Line though. sick of Backus and his mediocre play. He got worked by ole mullethead today and got punked into those two false starts. A total embarrassment. We need to draft at least two OT’s next year, as Cherilus is clearly not working out for us either. Good call by Schwartz on benching Cheap Sauce Gos.

  42. maddogwhite says: Sep 25, 2011 5:31 PM

    Can we finally put an end to the McNabb Hall of Fame talk??? He was a bust in Washington, a bust in Minnesota, and a beneficiary of a pass-first system in Philadelphia where seemingly ever QB who played under Reid has looked good — from Vick to Kol to Garcia, and even AJ Feeley.

    Something else I can’t stand about the guy: his constant in-game injuries seemingly ALWAYS hurt worse after he makes a bad play.

  43. truthserum4u says: Sep 25, 2011 5:33 PM

    @ ferticrit

    You have no concept of what a bad team is.

    They played three good teams; had decent to good half time leads on these teams and lost two in the final minutes and one in OT, by a total of 14 points (a touchdown being the largest margin of defeat). That is not a bad team (not yet anyways) it’s simply not a good one. Good teams win these type of games, bad teams aren’t consistantly competitive.

    @ dirtdawg

    The Vikes have three loses and I have yet to see their fans offer anything but poor play by their players and bad decisions by their coaching staff as the reason.

    Now what’s your excuse for being a troll?

  44. mediasloppy says: Sep 25, 2011 5:39 PM

    lots of smack talk for a game with only 3 points difference…

  45. comeonnowguys says: Sep 25, 2011 5:44 PM

    If Tampa Bay wins, the combined records of the Lions’ opponents jumps 100% to 2-7.

    Good start, but perspective please.

  46. barnesaintnoble says: Sep 25, 2011 5:48 PM

    Lions showed some resolve in coming back to get the W. However, as a Lions fan, the OL is awful against elite competition. With this OL, especially Backus at LT, Stafford will always be at risk. Also, we’ll never know if Jahvid Best can actually run inside or not if the line in front of him can’t open up any holes. That is the only weakness of this team.

  47. vikesfansteve says: Sep 25, 2011 5:48 PM

    I want to tell Pagec to quit blitzing & changing from zone to man to man & leaving the middle of the field wide open.

    On offense enough of the fancy formations & putting men in motion. Instead of confusing the defense it confuses the Vikings & causes false starts & illeagal formation penalties.

    McNabb isn’t dropping balls. Handing off to Gehart instead of AP on 4th & 1?

    Bad coaching. Ugh.

  48. mataug says: Sep 25, 2011 5:50 PM

    watching Donovan McNabb has become painful on my eyes… last year I thought it was the lack of support from the coaching staff which affected his confidence but he’s just terrible now
    how can he throw almost every second ball over the receiver or at his foot

  49. rexbeatsoff2feet says: Sep 25, 2011 5:50 PM

    Go Lions…. A couple of thoughts, Thank you Minnesota for not handing the ball to Peterson on 4th an inches, covering Johnson with one guy is like letting Ben Roethlisberger date your daughter…it’s just a bad idea and I agree with Shwartz when he yelled ” Booooom mother f$&@ers!!!!” at the end of the game.

  50. funkydunkleman says: Sep 25, 2011 5:59 PM

    During the 2nd half, while the Vikings had the lead, Peterson ran the ball 5 times.

    When you have the best running back in the NFL, and other than Harvin, no receivers even in the top 50, why do you call pass plays? I don’t care if Detroit is expecting the run, you do it anyway!

    The main problem with this team isn’t McNabb, it’s the staff that’s calling the plays. The offensive playcalling was so atrocious today, it actually made me miss Darrell Bevell.

    If they don’t beat Kansas City next week, might as well start looking for teams interested in Ponder, since they’ll be picking first come 2012.

  51. turbodog1027 says: Sep 25, 2011 6:02 PM

    Karma for all the whining the viking fans have done sicne they lost in the NFC championship game to the Saints. Watching the vikings lose is so much fun

  52. jimmylions says: Sep 25, 2011 6:09 PM

    I love that we came back after being down 20 points at halftime – we were schooled during the first half. That was ugly. The Vikings kicked the Lions up and down the field that whole first half. Coming back and winning after that kind of a thumping, is huge.

    I feel bad for the Vikings fans. The McNabb haters are all back out in force, but … it’s not all McNabb. There are other issues. But yeah – might as well start playing Christian Ponder and give him some experience.

    Adrian Peterson had less than 20 rushing attempts. What’s up with that?

    Only 3 catches for Percy Harvin? What’s up with that?

  53. knucklehead93 says: Sep 25, 2011 6:14 PM

    As a Viking fan, it made me throw up in my mouth. But congrats to the Lions fans. Good win.

  54. vikesfansteve says: Sep 25, 2011 6:37 PM

    Chargers, Bills, & Lions have all made the playoffs after starting 0-3, the Chargers were 0-4.

    So it can be done.

  55. pack13queens0 says: Sep 25, 2011 6:37 PM

    As a Packer fan, this is awesome. 2 consecutive 3-score leads blown. Too bad this team can’t move to LA in the middle of the season but 2012 will come soon enough.

  56. chubrock50 says: Sep 25, 2011 6:45 PM

    For all those bashing McNabb or the players for that matter. It has nothing to do with the players. Its all on the coaches. They change every game what dominates the first half. Musgrave calls low percentage plays to where the Vikings can’t even use Peterson on third downs. McNabb played just fine to get a victory today, the coaches on the other hand did not. Maybe someday they will learn to not sit on a lead in the NFL. They look like one of the best teams in the game in the first half only to come out and have the coaches change the defense to a soft zone and bring no pressure and the offense to start calling plays that take the ball out of our playmakers hands. Fire all the coaches tomorrow. The players are playing to hard to let the coaches ruin it for them.

  57. captaintriumph says: Sep 25, 2011 6:47 PM

    Have you ever seen a worse penalty in your life than Kenny Onatoly (or however you spell it – dude isn’t a starter)….getting a late-hit penalty with 11 seconds left, when the Vikings only needed about 5 yards to try the winning FG? He should have his steroids taken away. And with all the other penalties, I’m worried Frazier doesn’t have what it takes to run a team. Lions can feel good, but they are a long way from being a great team.

  58. detroitkitty says: Sep 25, 2011 7:10 PM

    Frazier got too cute for his own good. This game was lost for Minny when Peterson waved the FG team off the field – putting the game on his shoulders and his coach declined to give him the ball. Odds are 90% likely Peterson gets them the 1 yard they needed, even with the whole Lions D looking for it. The guy called himself out in front of 50k fans. No way he doesn’t get 1 yard.

    His coach had no faith in him. Vikings lose.

  59. axespray says: Sep 25, 2011 7:42 PM

    So, got any more Nick Collin’s Neck Injury Jokes viking fans?

    nah, you’re too busy CHOKING!

  60. moochzilla says: Sep 25, 2011 8:15 PM

    Some people make mistakes in they lives, and the Vikes mad a big one last summer.

    McNabb refuses to make plays, as it could hurt his TD;INT ratio. And that’s all that matters to him.

    He dumps off, wasting time. He over and under throws anyone remotely covered by a defender.

    You needed a guy willing to make plays at the helm today, instead you have a risk-averse stats guy.

    In Philly we know this. In DC they know this. Now too, you will know this.

  61. pb420 says: Sep 25, 2011 8:32 PM

    Great job Detroit! Major monkey off your back, good to see the patience from young players, growing up fast.
    Vikes gave a valliant effort, Detroit fans gotta agree that this was the most pressure Stafford has seen all season.

  62. Soulman45 says: Sep 25, 2011 8:44 PM

    The team got a lot of work to do getting ready for the Cowgirls.
    Lions 38
    cowgirls 13

  63. jamezz23 says: Sep 25, 2011 8:56 PM

    As for people saying that randy moss is a better reciever than megatron don’t realize that it takes more than just catching tds to be called one of the best. Moss was one of the most freakish wr to ever step on the football feild but he only ran a fly route. Hardley ever went across the middle and was an embarrassing blocker. When its all said and done Calvin will be in the same light as randy but he’ll also be known as a reciever that did it all to help his team win.

  64. suzieb61 says: Sep 25, 2011 9:04 PM

    Way to go LIONS!!! I am so happy for the fans; y’all deserve these wins. You’ve supported your team through it all and it’s nice to see 3-0!!

  65. southpaw2k says: Sep 25, 2011 9:11 PM

    Hey Donovan…..is it time to panic in Minnesota yet?

  66. savannahrose44 says: Sep 25, 2011 9:41 PM

    O-3 now…McNabb still not gonna panic? You just got spanked by the Lions bro.

  67. gosuhgo says: Sep 25, 2011 10:05 PM

    Who is a better receiver than Calvin? who? Andre? Larry? With the game on the line, Calvin hauls in a ball that must’ve traveled 55 yards in the air with his finger tips. He wins games for his team. He is just too good.

  68. suhisbetterthanu says: Sep 25, 2011 10:09 PM

    As a die hard Lions fan I am stoked. Minnesota, I can only sympathized with your situation, because I lived it for so many years. Good luck moving forward, I hope you can steal a game or two from the pack and bears.

  69. oldcracker says: Sep 26, 2011 2:07 AM

    Congratulations!

    As a long time suffering Browns fan, I can appreciate the change in the Lions, and how good the fans must feel. Even if you don’t win every game, it’s a lot more fun when your home team has a legitimate chance to win.

    Can you imagine the TV execs if the SB features the Lions & the Bills?!!! LoL

    Maybe s-o-m-e-d-a-y the Browns will get in the SB, without having to buy a ticket.

  70. jmacphee9 says: Sep 26, 2011 3:07 AM

    bcar1023 says:
    Sep 25, 2011 4:45 PM
    Randy Who?? Who was that Moss guy who played receiver. Was he as good as Calvin Johnson? Ummm NO! 10 years from now Randy Moss will wish he was half as good as CJ.

    lets not be ridiculous….CJ is BEAST, Moss was just as beast. IMO the 2 most TALENTED receivers to play the game.

    sincerely
    a lions slappy.

  71. truthserum4u says: Sep 26, 2011 8:11 AM

    jamezz23 says:
    Sep 25, 2011 8:56 PM

    As for people saying that randy moss is a better reciever than megatron don’t realize that it takes more than just catching tds to be called one of the best. Moss was one of the most freakish wr to ever step on the football feild but he only ran a fly route. Hardley ever went across the middle and was an embarrassing blocker.

    ——————————————-

    Go back and watch some film son.

    The cliche’ that Moss only ran the fly route and wouldn’t go over the middle is about outdated as it is incorrect. While you’re at it look at the long runs made by Robert Smith and you’ll see they were successful because Moss and Cris Carter were down field throwing blocks.

    But that’s okay, just make things up if that makes you feel better and helps prove your point.

    Johnson is obviously a wonderful receiver, but Moss had almost as much yardage and 10 more TDs in his first THREE seasons as Johnson had in his first FOUR! And don’t give me the QB excuse either. Until Moss played with Brady, long after he established himself as one of the best WRs ever, he was playing with mediocre to sub par QBs as well.

    It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if they both end up in the Hall Of Fame.

  72. jmacphee9 says: Sep 27, 2011 3:46 AM

    @truthserum4u

    all true points here. I dunno if this happens everywhere, but in Detroit it is really uncommon for a detroit sports fan to see both sides of the story.

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