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Patterson, Vikings edge Lions

Minneapolis, MN ( - Cordarrelle Patterson scored both of Minnesota's touchdowns, as the Vikings took a 14-13 win over the Detroit Lions in their final game ever in the Metrodome.

It was a disappointing season for Minnesota (5-10-1) as the team followed a surprising playoff appearance in 2012 by missing the playoffs for a third time in the past four seasons. The team started out with losses in seven of its first eight games to open the year.

The poor season has put Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier on the hot seat, as his team is 21-32-1 during his three-plus seasons with the team.

Minnesota will be moving to the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium for the next two seasons as its new home is being built. The team posted an overall record of 168-92, including regular season and playoff games, at the Metrodome during its run there.

Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz has also been the subject of job security rumors, as the Lions (7-9) have had consecutive poor seasons after making the playoffs in 2011 for the first time since 1999.

Detroit was in first place in the NFC North for much of the season, and held a mark of 6-3 after a win at Chicago on Nov. 10. However, the team went on to drop six of its final seven games, getting knocked out from postseason contention with a 23-20 loss to the Giants in Detroit last Sunday.

Matt Cassel went 20-of-33 for 189 yards with one touchdown and one interception for the Vikings, who went 5-3 at home this season.

Matthew Stafford was 22-for-33 for 217 yards and a touchdown for the Lions, who went 3-5 as the guests this season.

The game was played without two of the biggest offensive weapons in the NFL as Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson (knee/ankle) and Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson (groin/foot) both sat out the game.

12/29 16:11:26 ET