The Lions were fortunate to hold the Vikings to a field goal on their last drive, but Minnesota exploited gaping holes in the Lions’ defense.
Adrian Peterson had runs of 15, 14 and 15 yards on the drive. Quarterback Christian Ponder had a 20-yard run, and a 16-yard pass on play action to tight end Kyle Rudolph.
But once the Vikings reached the red zone, the Lions defense stood tall to force a 23-yard Blair Walsh field goal.
The Lions trail 13-3 with 4:41 left in the second quarter.