Lions K Dave Rayner connected on a 55-yard FG with 6:45 remaining in the 1st half to give his team a 3-0 lead.
Lions QB Shaun Hill completed 3 of 3 passes for 20 yards on the scoring drive and WR Nate Burleson highlighted the series with a 20-yard gain on a reverse off the left side.
Vikings DEs Jared Allen and Ray Edwards combined for a sack on Hill resulting in a loss of 8.
Hill and Co. tested the Vikings defense early, driving the ball 67 yards from their own 25 down to the MIN 8 on their first series of the game. But on 1st and goal, Hill’s pass completed to TE Tony Scheffler was fumbled at the 1 as Vikings LB Ben Leber jarred the ball loose. S Jamarca Sanford recovered the ball in the endzone for a touchback. The play was challenged by the Lions but upheld for the turnover.
The Vikings were unable to convert the turnover into points on the ensuing drive.
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