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The Lions rolled up 469 total yards (357 passing by Matthew Stafford), ran 77 plays and won the time-of-possession battle by nearly 13 minutes.
“We couldn’t get off the field,” defensive end Jared Allen said. “At some point, we’ve got to make stops. I don’t know how many 10-play drives or eight-play drives they had, but it was embarrassing. It’s not indicative of who we are.”
The Lions were, well, the Lions in a particularly undisciplined first half. Their blooper reel included a botched hold on a field-goal attempt, three dropped passes, a holding penalty on a fourth-and-1 conversion, a low-block penalty on Suh that negated an interception return for a touchdown, two turnovers and seven penalties.
And the Vikings still only led by one point at halftime.
The Vikings committed two penalties — roughing the passer on Letroy Guion and pass interference on Xavier Rhodes — on third downs that kept alive Detroit’s final scoring drive in the fourth quarter. And Ponder threw an interception on the Vikings final drive.
“Not a good day for us to start out,” right tackle Phil Loadholt said.
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|Baltimore - LP: W. Chen||1||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: J. Masterson||7|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Arrieta||5||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - LP: A. Caminero||2|
|NY Yankees - LP: C. Sabathia||1||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: A. Simon||2|
|Cincinnati - WP: A. DeSclafani||6||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - LP: W. Peralta||1|
|Cleveland - LP: C. Allen||3||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - WP: D. Robertson||4|
|Minnesota - LP: K. Gibson||1||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: E. Volquez||7|
|San Diego - WP: O. Despaigne||14||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: J. De La Rosa||3|
|Oakland - WP: D. Otero||6||FINAL|
|LA Angels - LP: M. Shoemaker||3|
|Houston - WP: T. Sipp||7||FINAL|
|Seattle - LP: D. Farquhar||5|