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.