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Continued: Lions rally to defeat Vikings in opener

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 9, 2013 - 12:35 AM

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.

 

Chip Scoggins • ascoggins@startribune.com

 

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