The Detroit Lions beat the Minnesota Vikings, 16-13 on Thursday to gain solo leadership of the NFC North in the crucial match-up on NFL Thanksgiving 2016.
The Vikings dropped to 6-5 for the season and have lost five of their last six games. Minnesota started the season at 5-0 and there were high hopes that they became Super Bowl contenders after they acquired Sam Bradford in the 2016 offseason.
This is the opposite trend in Detroit. The Lions started 1-3 but have won six of their last seven games. They now have a full game lead over division rivals Vikings with a month to go in the regular season.
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Late game INT from Sam Bradford
Sam Bradford played well for the Vikings with 224 passing yards on 31-of-37 completions. He did not have a touchdown and had one interception, a crucial one at the end of the game.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had 232 passing yards on 34-of-40 completions with one touchdown, which happened early in the first quarter.
This was a defensive battle all game with Lions cornerback Darius Slay making the crucial interception of Bradford late.
“I knew they were going to throw,” Slay stated to ESPN about his defensive play. “They didn’t want overtime. They know what happened last time.”
Lions beat Vikings in come from behind again
Last time, in Week 7, the Lions beat the Vikings in a come from behind win. Minnesota had the 13-10 lead at the end of the third quarter. They were forced to punt in their next series and the Lions made a field goal mid-way in the fourth to tie the game.
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The Slay interception of Sam Bradford allowed the Lions for the game winning field goal. Detroit made it and now has control of the NFC North with four games to go in the regular season.
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