Lions Vs. Vikings: Detroit Escapes With 34-28 Victory Over Minnesota

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Lions Vs. Vikings Final Score: Detroit Holds On To Beat Minnesota, 34-28

The Detroit Lions (8-5) used a full team effort to take a big early lead against the Minnesota Vikings (2-11) and then held off a second-half rally to secure the win, 34-28.

In fact, the Lions couldn't have come much closer to losing as they were forced to stop the Vikings from the one-yard line on the last play of the game. Detroit defensive end Cliff Avril ended the game as it started when he sacked Joe Webb as the clock ran out.

But the crazy ending to the game also included some controversy as replays showed linebacker DeAndre Levy grabbing Webb's facemask prior to Avril finishing him off, or at least getting the credit, on the final play. However, referees missed the call among all of the pressure the Lions threw at Webb.

The Lions took a 31-14 lead to halftime thanks to two defensive touchdowns. On the first defensive play of the game, Cliff Avril sacked Christian Ponder, forcing a fumble with the hit which allowed Stephen Tulloch to swoop in and recover the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.

After two Matthew Stafford touchdown passes, including a beautiful long strike to Titus Young, cornerback Alphonso Smith intercepted Ponder and returned the pick 30 yards for the other defensive touchdown.

Things turned the Vikings way in the second half after Minnesota starting quarterback, playing through a hip injury, took a big hit from Tulloch which left him limping off the field and out for the game. Joe Webb took over for Minnesota and made several plays with his feet to keep the Detroit defense on their heels, including a 65-yard scamper for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Webb made several plays to keep the final drive alive for Minnesota, taking the Vikings 79 yards on 18 plays before Avril and the Detroit defense stopped the Vikings a yard short.

The win helps Detroit keep pace in the NFC wild card race as they turn their attention to their next game at the Oakland Raiders next Sunday.

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Detroit Lions Injury Report, Week 14: Kevin Smith Is Questionable

The Detroit Lions final injury report for their game against the Minnesota Vikings came out on Friday and, as expected, there weren't a lot of significant changes. The status that most are questioning though is that of running back Kevin Smith as he continues to recover from an ankle injury.

Smith's status is questionable according to the week's final injury report, but he was able to go through a limited practice on Friday after sitting out the first two days of the week. Limited is key there though, as the Detroit Free Press explains exactly what happened.

Smith left the open portion of practice today after pulling up during his first pass route out of the backfield in a skeleton offense drill. He walked immediately off the field, leaving his status for Sunday's must-win game against the Minnesota Vikings is in doubt.

Maurice Morris will start with Keiland Williams and Aaron Brown as his backups if Smith cannot play.

Defensive end Lawrence Jackson is out while defensive backs Chris Houston and Louis Delmas are listed as doubtful due to injury. Nick Fairley is questionable with a foot injury.

POS. NAME INJURY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY STATUS
S Louis Delmas Knee DNP DNP DNP Doubtful
LB Justin Durant Hamstring LP DNP DNP Questionable
DT Nick Fairley Foot DNP DNP DNP Questionable
CB Chris Houston Knee DNP DNP DNP Doubtful
DE Lawrence Jackson Thight DNP DNP DNP Out
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch Not Injury Related DNP Not Listed Not Listed Not Listed
G Rob Sims Shoulder LP LP LP Probable
RB Kevin Smith Ankle DNP DNP LP Questionable
DE Willie Young Ankle LP LP LP Probable

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