Minnesota got off to a good start, scoring on its first two possessions. After Detroit punted to open the game, the Vikings got on the scoreboard first, opening the game with a touchdown. Minnesota's drive was enabled by a 54-yard reception from Jarius Wright. Wright was tackled at the one-yardline, but would catch a touchdown pass two plays later.
Matthew Stafford was intercepted on Detroit's second possessions, setting Minnesota up deep in Lions' territory. The Detroit defense was able to hold Minnesota to a field goal, giving the Vikings a 10 point lead.
Stafford completed 7 of 12 passes for 55 yards in the first quarter. Calvin Johnson was targeted twice, catching both passes for 11 yards. The Lions outgained Minnesota 68-61 in the first quarter, but are yet to get on the scoreboard. The Lions defense limited Adrian Peterson to 11 yards on five carries in the first quarter.