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Go Figure: Packers weren't only NFC North team hurt by refs

Posted by: under Quarterbacks, Vikings, Lions, NFC, Packers, Adrian Peterson, Cedric Griffin Updated: September 25, 2012 - 2:39 PM
As the Vikings prepare for Sunday’s Week 4 game with Detroit at Ford Field, here’s a look at a handful of eye-opening figures and facts ...
 
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Final score of Monday night’s Seahawks-Packers game, won by Seattle on the final play of regulation thanks to a 24-yard “touchdown pass” from Russell Wilson to Golden Tate. In case you hadn’t heard, that controversial play has caused just a little bit of outrage with the replacement refs blowing a call and costing Green Bay a win. And yeah, technically that play had little to do with the Vikings or Lions. But it did leave the Vikings tied with only Chicago atop the NFC North at 2-1 while the Green Bay and Detroit are both 1-2.
 
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Yards awarded to the Vikings after a third-quarter unnecessary roughness penalty against San Francisco’s Dashon Goldson on Sunday. Technically, the flag, which came on a first-and-10 Vikings play from the 49ers 26, was supposed to be a half-the distance-to-the-goal penalty. But the officials did their math wrong and marked off only 12 yards instead of 13. In the big picture, the Vikings weren’t impacted by the blunder, still managing to score a touchdown on the series. As for the officiating crew’s erroneous move to award 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh with timeouts and challenges that he didn’t have late in the game? Well, that was much more inexplicable.
 
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Yards awarded to the Titans on Sunday in overtime following a personal foul penalty against Detroit’s Stephen Tulloch. The flag came on a 24-yard Jake Locker to Craig Stevens completion that took Tennessee from its own 44 to the Lions 32. But then that completion was reviewed and overturned as incomplete. Yet instead of marching off Tulloch’s 15-yard penalty from the Titans 44 (the original line of scrimmage), officials marked the penalty from the Detroit 44, moving Tennessee to the 29. Seven snaps later, Rob Bironas kicked a go-ahead 29-yard field goal. The Titans won 44-41.

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Receiving yards by Detroit’s Calvin Johnson in two games against the Vikings last year. Johnson had 10 catches and two touchdowns in the two Lions wins. In three games so far this season, he ranks third in the NFL in catches (24) and tops in receiving yards (369). In nine career games against the Vikings, he’s averaged five catches and 64 yards with six total TDs.
 
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Yards per carry amassed so far this season by Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. The 49ers held Peterson to 3 yards or less on 16 of his 25 carries Sunday. The Vikings star has two 20-yard runs this season – one against San Francisco and another against Jacksonville. But he has only one other run longer than 15 yards. Peterson’s lowest per carry average for a single season is 4.4 yards, back in 2009. 
 
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Points allowed by Detroit in Sunday’s overtime loss in Tennessee. The Lions have surrendered 94 points this season, fifth most in the league. The Titans scored in all sorts of ways Sunday. They had a 65-yard punt return score from Tommie Campbell on a trick play. They added a 105-yard kickoff return from Darius Reynaud. Alterraun Verner chipped in with a 72-yard fumble return touchdown. Jake Locker threw TD passes of 61 and 71 yards. And Rob Bironas kicked three field goals, including the game-winner from 26 yards out in overtime.
 
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Interceptions by the Vikings so far this season. Rookie Josh Robinson finally registered the defense’s first pick in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s upset of San Francisco. That snapped a drought dating back to last season in which the Vikings had gone more than 11 quarters without a pick as opposing quarterbacks went 67-for-103 for 666 yards and five touchdowns. The Vikings’ previous interception was made by Cedric Griffin late in the 2011 season finale. Dating back to last season, the Vikings have three interceptions in their past 14 games.
 
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Interceptions thrown by Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder so far this season. Ponder is one of three starting quarterbacks who have yet to be picked off. The others: Arizona’s Kevin Kolb and Jacksonville’s Blaine Gabbert. Ponder’s last interception came in the second quarter of Week 17 last season when Chicago’s Charles Tillman delivered a pick six. He has since gone 68-for-98 for 713 yards and four touchdowns.
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