National Football League
                     === 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.
 "I  don't  get concerned about  reports about my  job," said Frazier. "I can't
 control  reports about my  job. But I can control the way my team goes out and
 play and I thought they did a great job."
 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.
 "Great way to close out the Metrodome and I'm so proud of the ways the players
 battled  today," said  Frazier. "Give our players credit, they focused on what
 we needed to do today."
 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.
 "I  know  the way this business  is, we all  do," said Schwartz. "But we can't
 worry  about decisions we don't make and all that we can try to do week-in and
 week-out  is work as hard as we can. I certainly would like to be back because
 I think we have some unfinished business here."
 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.
 Trailing  by six  points,  Minnesota got  a 50-yard  punt  return from  Marcus
 Sherels  down to  the Detroit 8. Two  plays later, Cassel hit Patterson in the
 left side of the end zone for a 14-13 lead with 9:19 to play.
 Detroit  crossed  midfield on  its next  possession, but  a Stafford pass fell
 incomplete on 3rd-and-12 at the Minnesota 41 and the team had to punt the ball
 back to Minnesota with 4:53 to play.
 The  Vikings were  able to get three  first downs, the final one a 39-yard run
 from  Matt Asiata  that took  the clock  to the  two-minute warning,  and with
 Detroit  having  no timeouts left, the  final three plays at the Metrodome saw
 Cassel go into the victory formation.
 The  offenses had trouble generating any production through the first quarter,
 but the Vikings used a big play to get on the board.
 On  their third touch  of the game, the Vikings faced a first down at midfield
 and  went with a pitchout to the left for Patterson. He cut back to the right,
 broke  a  tackle, then ran through  the middle and  into the end zone down the
 left end for a 7-0 lead with 2:41 left in the first quarter.
 Starting  the second  quarter with the ball, Minnesota drove down to the Lions
 2-yard  line. On  third down, though, Cassel  had his pass picked off by Louis
 Delmas in the end zone.
 Minnesota  held Detroit  to a three-and-out and  got down to the Lions 39, but
 punted on 4th-and-6 and the game eventually went into the break with Minnesota
 still holding a 7-0 lead.
 Detroit  started  the second half  with the ball  and crossed midfield for the
 first  time in the  game thanks in part to a 20-yard catch from Nate Burleson.
 Another  24-yard catch from  Burleson helped to set up a short pass out to the
 right for Reggie Bush, who broke a tackle and raced into the end zone on a 19-
 yard score to tie the game 4 1/2 minutes into the third quarter.
 The  Lions' next possession  saw the team forced into a 52-yard field goal try
 from  David Akers, which he missed. An offside call on Minnesota, though, gave
 the Lions a fresh set of downs and that eventually led to a 25-yard field goal
 from Akers for a 10-7 lead early in the fourth quarter.
 An  Asiata  fumble was recovered  by Detroit, which  led to Akers matching his
 season-high  with a  53-yard field goal for  a 13-7 lead just over two minutes
 into the final quarter.
                                   Game Notes
 Bush  and Joique Bell became the first teammates in NFL history to go over 500
 yards  rushing  and receiving in the  same season. Also, Bush became the first
 1,000-yard  rusher for  Detroit since Kevin Jones in 2004 ... Minnesota won 24
 of  the  31 games  against  Detroit  that were  played  in  the Metrodome  ...
 Minnesota  gained 345  yards, compared  to 245  yards for  Detroit ...  Asiata
 totaled 115 yards on 14 carries.
 12/29 18:05:59 ET