Bradford pick, Prater field goal give Lions first place in NFC North

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After yet another fourth-quarter comeback, the Lions are all alone in first place in the NFC North.

In a back-and-forth game that had a little of everything, Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford threw an interception in his own territory with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, setting up a game-winning field goal by Detroit’s Matt Prater as time expired. The Lions won, 16-13.

Bradford’s interception was a big mistake (and a big play by Lions cornerback Darius Slay), one that will have Vikings fans questioning how a player that experienced can make a decision that bad. The Lions knew they could count on Prater to kick the game-winner, so they didn’t even attempt an offensive play.

Minnesota’s already injury-ravaged offensive line lost two more players, center Joe Berger and left tackle Jeremiah Sirles, to injuries. But the line actually held up fairly well and the Lions failed to sack Bradford.

The win gives the Lions a 7-4 record and a one-game lead over 6-5 Minnesota in the NFC North. With the Packers fading, the Lions are the favorites to win the division — something we don’t often say when we watch Thanksgiving football in Detroit.

92 responses to “Bradford pick, Prater field goal give Lions first place in NFC North

  1. numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    Nov 24, 2016 2:16 PM
    Big PACK guy here. Vike’s win this. Mark my words. GO PACK

    Yeah no.

  2. Enjoy your nice, long, depressing weekend Viking fans. Stuff your faces with crow and humble pie.

    The luck ran out on the luckiest team in the NFL.

  3. Everyone will talk about the offense and Bradford’s interception but they should be talking about the defense. Could have put this team away twice.

  4. Honestly I used to root for the Vikings but the more I hear about Zimmer the more he seems like a whiny jerk that I love to see lose.

    There’s a reason Turner walked out on him and the team has gone 1-5 in their last six. And no it’s not because of “injuries” like their idiotic fans say.

  5. That last pick has to be reviewed. Im still not convinced slay’s knee hit the ground before the ball was coming loose. And also, could CBS at least TRY to show a proper replay??

  6. congrats Lions and for any trolls saying a low scoring game is boring, blame your own defense for not allowing a low scoring game and all the new rules you complain about that make an offense have advantages in the games currently played these days

  7. A first and a fourth for a guys that dinks and dunks more than Matt Leinert… oh and throws picks on critical third downs on his own 25 yard line. Yea… #Dynasty #offseasonsuperbowlchamps

  8. Poor Vikings. Seriously, their season is completely unraveling.

    They went all in this year.

    The draft picks.

    Oy.

    Happy for Stafford, though. Good guy. Plays the game right.

  9. Bradford threw the pick…

    But 84’s mental error, which nullified a first down on the preceding play, was just diabolical.

    In fairness, it’s a stupid rule… But professional athlete’s should never ever get that wrong.

  10. Who didn’t see that coming? Bradford is famous for such plays. I did laugh out loud when the pick happened. The Vikings fan trolls on this site deserve a game that ends like that.

  11. The Viking guys and gals keep bragging about their division winning prowess, and now their NFC-North record is 1-3…worst in the division. Skol-LOL

  12. I told you the vikes are a joke. Cue the fans who will whine about all the injuries as an excuse. As if the other 31 teams don’t have injuries of their own to deal with. Next year Vikes. Haha

  13. Whose fault is this game? Is it the refs? Were the announcers biased against the Vikings?

    Oh wait. That was a fumble on the interception. I’m sure the knee wasn’t down. Even though everybody saw that his knee was down. It must be part of some vast conspiracy against the Vikings. It certainly wasn’t Sam Bradford’s fault.

    Was it the injuries? Teddy was going to throw 30 TD passes this year. Maybe they need AP back and his 1.6 YPC. Maybe it was because of the earthquake in Central America? Or was the team shook up because of the hospitalization of Kanye West. Who knows? How would I know? According to the omniscient fmc651, in the absence of all evidence, I’m just a fake Bear fan. He and I are very close, and he would know better than anyone. It is, only because he says so.

    Poor Vikings. Poor Vikings’ fans. I don’t know if they see another loss on the schedule, they famously said. Is it too late to get that 1st rounder back? Hey how about that Kai Forbath? Looks good. He was the missing piece.

    If only Bud Grant were still coaching. He had a knack for taking teams loaded with Hall-of-Famers and blowing big games. Surely, he could take a team with a single Hall-of-Famer and do the same thing.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Vikings’ fans!

  14. Vikings 1-3 in the division. the only win was by 3 playing the Packers in the christening of the US Bank stadium. Just like the Pack the Vikings are going nowhere. Not even a wild card. Enjoy your Thanksgiving.

  15. Lions play entertaining games, and it’s cool to see both the Lions and Stafford rewarded for sticking by each other. Very few had the Lions at the top of the North at Thanksgiving, if any.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all and congrats the the Lions.

  16. The Vikings CAN’T do big plays. It’s not that they have no big plays, it’s that they cannot pass protect big plays. As an aside, the Kansas City Chiefs & the Colts suffer the same problem. The Patriots & Cowboys don’t.

    Football starts from the offensive line and the Vikings line is injured & bad, two recipes for failure.

  17. Great game to start Thanksgiving Day! It’s also good to see that despite the refs best efforts to steal the game, the better team still won.

  18. And just like every year we can say, ” the Vikings are who we thought they were,” junk with an over zealous fan base. Best of luck next year Minnesota. – Rest of the NFL

  19. The turning point was when someone on the Lions sideline brought out a MIRROR and remind Sam Bradford on who he is then it was all over.
    BTW.. To add insult to injury you are reminded that they have to fork over their NUMBER ONE PICK to the Eagles.

    We all knew that was a terrible decision that begs desperation from the beginning, who in their right mind gives up a first round pick for Sam freakin Bradford.
    .

  20. Like I said on Sunday, what if this Lions team is the best team in that division? Because it’s certainly not Green Bay, and Minnesota’s offense is making it surely not look like them either. Caldwell’s conservative nature makes Lions games close more than anything, but they seem to have a pretty good formula going right now.

  21. None of this matters to be honest. Neither of these teams are contenders so it’s all just fluff.

    I laugh at the posts people have here saying to Vikings fans, enjoy your thanksgiving!

    Seriously. These must be packer fans. And only packer fans would let a stupid football game loss wreck their thanksgiving, so that’s why they post that.

  22. The Vikes played ok even though the play calling was atrocious. All game the 3rd and 5 plays went for 3. Why not throw a pass over the first down marker?

    So after all day of this why was it hard for Slay to figure an underneath throw to Thielen? (Nice play by the way)

    As bad as that loss was, we’re still ahead of Green Bay. Let that soak it. Their Monday Night beating at Philly is soon.

  23. Im a Giants fan….I have no use for the Vikes. BUT, thanks to the shoddiness of the CBS production, I never saw whether or not the ball started coming loose before slay’s knee hit. My problem isnt with the refs….its with CBS.

  24. Plain and simple, you piss away 2 games to the Lions and lose to the lowly Bears, both division opponents, you deserve to be sitting on your couch come January, and that’s exactly where the Vikings will be.

  25. The vikings defense looks ok, but they have a lousy offense. Bradford doesn’t even attempt throws over 8 yards. No running game. without special team or defensive TDs they simply don’t score. Not really a recipe for success.

    They gave up a lot for Bradford. There’s a reason why he’s been on so many teams. Rule to live by: don’t run your mouth after 5 weeks of football.

    toodlez

  26. “No running game”

    Actually, both Vikings RBs had better than avg games, for yards (McKinnon had 31 – was averaging 28.5, Asiata had 27 – was averaging 26), rushing avg (McKinnon 3.4 – was 2.9, Asiata 5.4 – was 3.1), and TDs (1 TD – avg was .5). So their running game was actually stellar today by their usual standards.

  27. Well, congrats Barney fans.
    I openly mocked you guys at 5-0 when several of you declared it difficult to find a loss on the rest of your schedule.
    Now it looks like you can barely find a win.

    I hope you cherish the memories of your 3 point win at home against the Pack, otherwise you’d be winless in our division, with a loss to the Bears no less.
    The Bears!!!

  28. deepsouthnotherner says:
    Nov 24, 2016 3:49 PM
    @arwiv, did you miss the part where the vikes took a time out to get a better look at the play, and decided NOT to throw the challenge flag??
    ————————-

    Challenges cannot come from the sideline inside 2 minutes. From the replay angles they showed, I don’t think there’s any doubt that he was down, but I still think they should have reviewed just because of the implications.

  29. Even with his obvious limitations, Bradford is still at least 10 times better than Teddy Bridgewater. They don’t win 6 games this season, with that offensive line, no running game if Teddy was the QB.

  30. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Nov 24, 2016 3:43 PM
    The great part of this game is that it ruined every Thanksgiving dinner in the state of MN.
    —–
    What’s one ruined dinner compared to every ruined Packer fan dinner since Week 2?

  31. As a Bears fan I never could whip up the same dislike for the Lions that I have for the Packers and Vikings.
    They are always treated like the red headed step child of the division and with my team sucking big time I am ok with the Lions winning the division.

    Go get em Lions!

  32. Vikings could and will win the north regardless of today’s outcome. Lions next 5 Games could be brutal against better teams and on the road.

    Your team is 1-3 in the division… You guys just got swept by the Lions, you are not winning the division. And your stud QB that you gave up a 1st and 4th for just tied the record for the lowest yards per pass completion in the NFL, 3.5 yards per pass.

  33. And the best part is, the Vikings owe the Eagles a 1st round pick next year and a fourth in 2018, making this deal all the sweeter because it’s obvious the Vikings aren’t going to win anything with Bradford and will go back to Teddy Bridgewater next year.

    Keep up the great work, Vikings. Just love you keeping your fans depressed!

  34. contra74 says:
    Nov 24, 2016 6:21 PM
    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Nov 24, 2016 3:43 PM
    The great part of this game is that it ruined every Thanksgiving dinner in the state of MN.
    —–
    What’s one ruined dinner compared to every ruined Packer fan dinner since Week 2?
    ===================================
    The Bears are 2-8 this season. We expected them to be bad. Plus, the Cubs won the World Series. I can deal with that trade-off.

    The Vikings had such big hopes. What is this now? Losses in 5 of the last 6 games?

    Seems like you’ve had more than one bad dinner recently.

  35. Oh my, we are totally falling apart now. Sam Bradford was exactly who everyone else knew he was and we mortgaged our future to get him. Well, this is still better than being eliminated from contention by mid October as has been the case for the past two decades. We did win the NFC North last year though, that was fun, remember. skol

  36. flips …..through …. Rolodex…..Week2…….3 point loss, ..division…on the road…… “dominant victory”. “you suck”…….yep, there it was.

    Congrats Lions, on a good victory….you look strong and the Vikings …….apparently—got dominated, by sucking.

    –trusty rolodex

    week 11 in the Black and Blue

  37. Packers will win the division even if they only win 7 or 8 games. The Lions and Vikings have a history of choking down the stretch, and the Packers have a history of getting hot down the stretch.

  38. “Packers will win the division even if they only win 7 or 8 games. The Lions and Vikings have a history of choking down the stretch, and the Packers have a history of getting hot down the stretch.”

    *************************************************

    You do know that these aren’t the same teams as they were a few years ago?? Just because the “franchise” has been known to “choke”, both the Lions and the Vikes are better and the Pack has really gone down. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Lions do something this year and win something. They’ve got an excellent QB and some great receivers as well as a good defense (for a change).

  39. Lions have a pretty daunting slate of games ahead of them. Division would be up for grabs except I have zero confidence in Vikings or Packers to win 2 more games this year.

    Vikings fans on these boards (for the most part, and most of those are not on here today) absolutely deserve to be trashed. So much talk about how great this team was and how smart the coach was and how they had the best D in the league. I’m laughing so hard in crying now

  40. ***

    stellarperformance says:
    Nov 24, 2016 3:43 PM

    The luck ran out on the luckiest team in the NFL.

    ***

    The Vikings fought and lost. Nothing to be depressed about and nothing to do with luck.

    Lucky plays are a Green Bay Packer tradition. Minnesota will fight to the end, win or lose.

    Like men.

    The blame is widespread and varied, but give the Lions credit for fighting hard. IMO a healthy Vikings squad is better than this Detroit team, but they had injuries too. The Lions earned it.

    Those trolls calling Mike Zimmer names will eat their words someday. I watch all of his pressers and he takes it straight on. Winners are never happy with failure. He is not happy. Enjoy this while you can doubters. He’ll have the last laugh.

  41. On a traditional holiday like Thanksgiving, the Vikings decided to lose in their traditional way, but choking it away.

    But look at the bright side of it, most of the memorable choke jobs have come in playoff games, Bradford decided to start earlier this year.

  42. fansince68 says:
    Nov 25, 2016 3:06 PM
    Those trolls calling Mike Zimmer names will eat their words someday. I watch all of his pressers and he takes it straight on. Winners are never happy with failure. He is not happy. Enjoy this while you can doubters. He’ll have the last laugh

    Signed Mike Zimmers Mom

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