National Football League

                   === Peterson leads Vikings past Lions ===
 Minneapolis,  MN  (Sports Network) -  Adrian Peterson ran  for 171 yards and a
 touchdown  on  27 carries  as the Minnesota  Vikings grabbed a  big win with a
 34-24 victory over the Detroit Lions in NFC North action from the Metrodome.
 Peterson  eclipsed  the 1,000-yard mark  for the fifth  time in his career and
 leads  the NFL  with 1,128  yards.  His 61-yard  touchdown run  in the  fourth
 quarter  sealed  the win for the  Vikings (6-4), who snapped a two-game losing
 streak going into the bye week.
 "I  take a lot  of pride in the hard work I put in every week," said Peterson.
 "I  just  kept pounding today,  and knew  it was going  to be feast or famine.
 Eventually we were able to break through and get the big plays."
 Christian Ponder snapped out of his funk with a solid performance as he passed
 for  221 yards  and two touchdowns on  24-of-32 attempts. He was coming off an
 11-of-22,  63 yard  and one interception performance in a loss to Seattle last
 week. He had eight interceptions over his previous five games.
 "This  was  an incredibly important  win because  we were playing a divisional
 opponent  at home," said Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier. "And if you want
 to  be  a good football team,  these are the games  you have to win. Today, we
 were able to do that."
 Calvin  Johnson finished with  his best game of the season as he had a career-
 high  12 catches  for 207 yards and  his first touchdown since Week 3. Matthew
 Stafford  passed  for 329 yards,  three touchdowns  and an interception on 28-
 of-42  attempts for the Lions (4-5), who were riding a two-game winning streak
 coming into Sunday's action.
 "We  had to work  hard the whole game to get anything done," said Detroit head
 coach  Jim Schwartz. "We  ran better in the second half and that opened up our
 passing game, but we didn't play well enough in any phase to win the game."
 The  Lions  were trailing by  14 points early in  the fourth quarter, but they
 made it a one-score game with a 6-play march that covered 80 yards as Stafford
 hit  Titus Young  from a  yard out  to make  it a  24-17 game.  An unnecessary
 roughness  call on  Minnesota and  25-yard  catch by  Johnson highlighted  the
 Each team was then held to a three-and-out before the Vikings were able to put
 some  distance thanks to  Peterson. On the second play, he took a handoff down
 the right sideline and ran into the end zone on a 61-yard score.
 Johnson  fumbled  a catch  on Detroit's next  touch and that  led to a 33-yard
 field goal from Blair Walsh for a 34-17 advantage with 4:36 to play.
 Johnson's  second  touchdown catch of  the season came  from 11 yards out with
 1:53 to play, but Minnesota was able to kill the rest of the clock to seal the
 Detroit  had to punt  on its first possession of the game thanks in part to an
 illegal block call on Ryan Broyles.
 Minnesota faced a 3rd-and-10, but Ponder went deep and Jarius Wright came down
 with  the ball  on a 54-yard play  to the 1-yard line. Two plays later, Wright
 caught a pass in the left corner of the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
 The  Lions' second  possession went  worse than  their first  as Stafford  was
 picked off by Chad Greenway to give Minnesota the ball back at the Detroit 25.
 Detroit's  defense stood  firm, though, and Minnesota got a 48-yard field goal
 from Walsh for a 10-0 lead.
 Following  an  exchange of punts, Detroit  put together an impressive drive to
 get  on the  board. Stafford was 4-for-4  for 52 yards and added a 9-yard run,
 but  was  sacked for an  11-yard loss  on a 3rd-and-5  at the Minnesota 12 and
 Jason  Hanson's 41-yard field  goal made it a 10-3 game less than four minutes
 into the second quarter.
 Minnesota  again  put together an impressive  drive as Peterson had runs of 15
 and  14 yards and the team got into the red zone. The Detroit defense, though,
 again  held  and a 23-yard field  goal from Walsh with  4:41 to play made it a
 13-3 contest.
 Minnesota's  second  drive of the third  quarter bore fruit as a 23-yard field
 goal  from Walsh capped the 9-play, 43-yard drive for a 16-3 lead with 5:11 to
 play in the frame.
 Detroit,  though, came right back with its best drive of the game. After a 20-
 yard catch by Johnson, Stafford again looked for his big target and tossed the
 ball  downfield. Johnson  made the leaping catch for a 50-yard gain. Two plays
 later,  Stafford  found Brandon Pettigrew in  the right corner of the end zone
 for a 16-yard score to make it a 16-10 game with 2:55 left in the third.
 Minnesota  answered  with a  march of  its own. The  8-play, 62-yard drive was
 finished  when Ponder  found Kyle Rudolph out  to the left and he took it down
 the  sideline  for  a 20-yard  score.  Peterson  ran  it  in for  the  2-point
 conversion and it was a 24-10 game with 14:15 to play.
                                   Game Notes
 Minnesota  will play at  Chicago following the week off. Four of its final six
 games are on the road ... Detroit fell to 2-4 on the road, but the team begins
 a  three-game home stretch next week against Green Bay ... Minnesota took both
 games  against  Detroit this season  ... Rudolph  finished the game with seven
 catches  for  64  yards  ...  Mikel Leshoure,  coming  off  a  three-touchdown
 performance last week in Jacksonville, had 13 carries for 43 yards for Detroit
 ...  Minnesota controlled  the ball for almost 34 1/2 minutes ... Detroit went
 just 1-for-9 on third downs.
 11/11 18:05:26 ET

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