Late Turnover Helps Lions Overcome Vikings 16-13 in Thanksgiving Thriller

Minnesota Vikings v Detroit Lions

In a wild Thanksgiving affair marked by defense, the Detroit Lions once again came from behind after trailing in the fourth quarter, topping the Minnesota Vikings 16-13.

Darius Slay picked off Vikings QB Sam Bradford in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter, and Matt Prater nailed a 40-yard field goal at the buzzer to send the Lions to the win to put them at 7-4 on the season, dropping the Vikings to 6-5.

Down 13-10 in the fourth quarter, Lions QB Matthew Stafford led the team on a drive which concluded with a Prater field goal to tie the game with 1:45 to play.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, instead of playing for overtime, let Bradford go for the win, and it cost Minnesota as Slay picked him off near the sideline, and a few knees later Prater nailed the winning kick.

“He’s as good as they come in those situations,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said of Slay. “He’s kind of a riverboat gambler.”

The Vikings free fall continues, as they have lost five of their last six, and they are now looking up at the Lions for first in the NFC South.

Stafford was 23-for-40 passing for 232 yards and a touchdown in the win. Prater nailed three field goals, and Anquin Boldin had seven grabs for 69 yards and a score in the win.

Golden Tate added seven catches for 77 yards for the winning Lions.

The Vikings offense continued to struggle, as Bradford was held to 224 yards passing, but hit on 31-for-37 passing with the key interception.

Minnesota had 306 yards of offense, but managed just 13 points, and a key stat was they were just 2-for-10 in third down conversions.

“We had to keep playing but we didn’t make enough plays,” Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph said.

The Lions defense was the story, playing a bend but don’t break type of game that included them stepping up on third downs stopping the Vikings in just about every key situation.

They seem to be a team ready for a playoff run, and this season with the Packers struggling and the Vikings now in a major slump, the NFC North is theirs for the taking.

They have a great shot to get to 8-5 next week as they travel to New Orleans to play the Saints next Sunday at 1pm.

Lions Top Jaguars 26-19 to Move to 6-4

Jacksonville Jaguars v Detroit Lions

Eric Ebron had a go-ahead, 1-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter and the Detroit Lions went on to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 26-19 Sunday.

Ebron’s first carry of his career, a handoff as he went from left to right after lining up as an off-the-line tight end, was set up by his career-long, 61-yard catch.

The Lions (6-4) have won five of six despite trailing in the fourth quarter of every game. For a change, Matthew Stafford didn’t have to lead a game-winning drive in the final minutes.

Jacksonville (2-8) has lost five straight.

The Jaguars had a chance to force Detroit to punt, or to go for it on a fourth-and-3 from their 46. Nose tackle Sen’Derrick Marks, though, was penalized for encroachment on a play in which Stafford probably didn’t intend to have the ball snapped.

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Jaguars vs Lions NFL Week 11 Inactives

Jaguars: LB Dan Skuta, OT Jeremiah Poutasi, QB Brandon Allen, WR Bryan Walters, CB Josh Johnson, DT Richard Ash, DE Chris Smith

Lions: LB DeAndre Levy, OT Cornelius Lucas, WR Corey Fuller, RB Justin Forsett, OL Joe Dahl, DT Tyrunn Walker, CB Adairius Barnes

Lions Ink Gunner Don Carey to a One-Year Deal

Don Carey

Two months after signing Sam Martin to a four-year contract extension, the Lions inked gunner Don Carey to a one-year extension this week, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

The deal, which includes a $375,000 signing bonus and $975,000 base salary, will keep Carey in Detroit through at least the 2017 season.

Under general manager Bob Quinn, the Lions have placed a high emphasis on special teams.

They made Johnson Bademosi one of their first signings in free agency last year — Bademosi and Carey form one of the NFL’s best coverage duos — and they made Martin one of the highest-paid punters in the NFL.

Martin leads the league with a 45.4-yard net average.

“We have consistent players across the board on the interior, and then we have some outstanding players on the edge like Bademosi and Don, who make it easier for guys like us to be consistent,” linebacker Brandon Copeland, another core special teams player, said of why the Lions’ punting unit has been so good this year. “Obviously, to me, special teams is very important, so I call that guy right there, Don Carey, a star, in my book.”

Carey, 29, has a team-high seven special teams tackles this year and also has played a handful of snaps as a nickel cornerback.

Lions Rally for Last Second FG; Top Vikings in Overtime 22-16

Detroit Lions v Minnesota Vikings

Matthew Stafford threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate, who vaulted into the end zone in overtime to give the Lions a 22-16 victory over the Vikings on Sunday.

After Matt Prater kicked a 58-yard field goal as time expired to force overtime, Tate finished the opening drive when he ran through arm tackles by Xavier Rhodes and Harrison Smith and leaped in for the winning score.

Stafford completed 23 of 36 passes for 219 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Lions (5-4), who have won four of their past five games. Tate had 11 catches for 79 yards.

Sam Bradford completed 31 of 40 passes for 273 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings (5-3), who started the season 5-0 but have imploded since coming out of the bye. Stefon Diggs had a career-high 13 catches for 80 yards.

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Lions vs Vikings NFL Week Nine Inactives

Lions: CB Darius Slay, RB Justin Forsett, LB DeAndre Levy, OT Riley Reiff, OL Joe Dahl, CB Johnthan Banks, TE Khari Lee

Vikings: OG Alex Boone, LB Eric Kendricks, WR Jarius Wright, DT Sharrif Floyd, OG Zac Kerin, TE MyCole Pruitt, TE David Morgan

Lions at Texans NFL Week Eight Inactives

Lions: CB Darius Slay, LB DeAndre Levy, RB Dwayne Washington, DT Haloti Ngata, DL Anthony Zettel, OT Corey Robinson, TE Cole Wick

Texans: QB Brandon Weeden, WR Keith Mumphery, S Quintin Demps, ILB Brian Peters, T Jeff Adams, G Oday Aboushi, DE Brandon Dunn

Lions Extend Win Streak to Three; Top Redskins Late 20-17

Washington Redskins v Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford threw a go-ahead, 18-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin with 16 seconds left to lift the Lions to a 20-17 win over the Redskins on Sunday.

The Lions (4-3) extended their winning streak to three games.

The Redskins (4-3) had won four straight.

Stafford, who set up game-winning kicks in the previous two games, led his team to another win in the 100th game of his career. He was 18 of 29 for 266 yards, one TD and no turnovers.

Kirk Cousins scored a go-ahead TD on a 19-yard run with 1:05 left.

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