Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.


Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.


Master Tesfatsion is the Star Tribune’s digital Vikings writer. He is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State and worked for mlb.com before arriving in Minneapolis. Follow him at @masterstrib.


Final gun report: Vikings 14, Lions 13

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion Updated: December 29, 2013 - 2:57 PM

Twenty-seven total points, 590 combined yards, 13 total punts and slew of yellow security guards to blockade the field.

The Metrodome was laid to rest on Sunday in a Vikings’ 14-13 win over the Lions in the season finale. They finished the season 5-10-1. Here’s five things to take away from the final game in the dome:

  • Cordarrelle Patterson broke a few franchise records to complete his rookie season. His 50-yard rushing touchdown was the longest for a wide receiver in franchise history. It was also Patterson’s third rushing touchdown this season, surpassing Percy Harvin’s single-season franchise record for rushing touchdowns by a wide receiver. Patterson also broke Buster Rhymes’ single-season kickoff return yards record in the second half.
  • Defensive end Jared Allen also accomplished a few personal goals in the season finale. He recorded two sacks to give him his seventh consecutive season with a double-digit sack total. Allen finished the season with a team-high 11.5 sacks. Allen also passed Derrick Thomas and Rickey Jackson for 12th all-time in sacks (128.5).
  • The Vikings got a good look at some of their younger players in this game, led by tight end Chase Ford. He was the only healthy tight end after Rhett Ellison left the game with an ankle injury in the first quarter, but he was one of the more productive players in the game starting on the first drive. He finished with five catches for 43 yards. Running back Matt Asiata also had 14 carries for 115 yards filling in for Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart.
  • The energy level was sporadic in a meaningless game, but the fans were alive in the fourth quarter. To the chants of “Let’s go Vikings,” Marcus Sherels returned a punt 50 yards to the Lions’ 8. Patterson scored on the second play of the drive from eight yards to give the Vikings a 14-13 lead with 9:22 left.
  • With the win, the Vikings have secured the eighth selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. They entered the game with a shot to select as high as third and as low as eighth. The remaining results don’t matter now however with the win. Only four months until the draft…

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Chicago WSox - WP: R. Belisario 7 FINAL
Detroit - LP: J. Soria 4
Colorado - LP: P. Hernandez 1 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Arrieta 3
St. Louis - WP: S. Miller 6 FINAL
San Diego - LP: O. Despaigne 2
Philadelphia - WP: A. Bastardo 10 FINAL
Washington - LP: G. Gonzalez 4
LA Angels - WP: H. Santiago 1 FINAL
Baltimore - LP: R. Webb 0
Seattle - WP: J. Beimel 6 FINAL
Cleveland - LP: B. Shaw 5
Cincinnati - WP: J. Cueto 3 FINAL
Miami - LP: T. Koehler 1
Minnesota - LP: C. Thielbar 3 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 6
Toronto - WP: A. Sanchez 6 FINAL
Houston - LP: C. Qualls 5
Pittsburgh - LP: J. Locke 4 FINAL
Arizona - WP: O. Perez 7
Atlanta - LP: J. Teheran 1 FINAL
Los Angeles - WP: C. Kershaw 2
NY Giants 8/3/14 7:00 PM
Buffalo
Winnipeg 27 FINAL
Hamilton 26
Toronto 6:00 PM
Montreal
Brt Columbia 9:00 PM
Calgary
Saskatchewan 8/2/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 8/7/14 7:30 PM
Winnipeg
Edmonton 8/8/14 6:00 PM
Montreal
Hamilton 8/8/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 8/9/14 6:30 PM
Calgary
Atlanta 85 FINAL
Tulsa 75
Phoenix 67 FINAL
Minnesota 75
New York 74 FINAL
Chicago 87
Indiana 76 FINAL
Seattle 67
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pm
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pm
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pm
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pm
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis Noon
Sep 14 - vs. New England Noon
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

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