A superior effort from both superstar RB Adrian Peterson and a stout Vikings defense keyed the Vikings to their 1st victory of the 2010 regular season, a 24-10 decision over the Detroit Lions at Mall of America Field on Sunday.
The Vikings went into the locker room at halftime with a 14-10 lead behind a 24-yard TD reception from WR Percy Harvin and a 6-yard TD run by Peterson. After beginning the season 0-2, though, that 4-point halftime lead didn’t feel too comfortable. But Peterson and the Vikings defense would take care of business in the 2nd half.
Led by LB Chad Greenway and CB Antoine Winfield, who both had a game-high 9 tackles, the Vikings defense kept Detroit off the board for the game’s final 2 quarters. Both LB Ben Leber and Winfield grabbed INTs late in the game to help keep the Lions off the board.
While the defense was at work grinding the Lions offense to a halt, Peterson put the offense on his back and ultimately sealed the Vikings victory with a sensational 80-yard TD run late in the 3rd quarter.
Peterson’s 80-yard scoring run was the longest of his career and the 4th-longest in team history. It gave the Vikings a 24-10 lead and it was the highlight of his 23-carry, 160-yard, 2-TD effort.
The win moves Minnesota to 1-2 on the season as they head into their bye week. Stay tuned to vikings.com for more post-game coverage.
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