Lions beat Vikings on Prater's last-second field goal

Thu Nov 24, 2016 4:07pm EST
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DETROIT (The Sports Xchange) - Matt Prater's 40-yard field goal on the final play gave the Detroit Lions a 16-13 victory over the Minnesota Vikings and sole possession of first place in the NFC North on Thanksgiving Day at Ford Field.

Prater's game-winning kick completed another late comeback for the Lions (7-4), who have trailed in the fourth quarter in all of their victories. Darius Slay's interception of a Sam Bradford pass set up the game-winner.

Matthew Stafford completed 23 of 40 passes for 232 yards and a touchdown, and Anquan Boldin caught seven passes for 69 yards and a score for Detroit.

Minnesota (6-5) played without its leading receiver, Stefon Diggs, who was inactive with a knee injury. Diggs caught 13 passes in the first meeting with the Lions.

Without him, the Vikings relied on a short passing game. Bradford completed 31 of 37 passes for 224 yards. Tight end Kyle Rudolph caught nine passes for 64 yards and Adam Thielen gathered in eight passes for 53 yards.

Slay stepped in front of Thielen on a third-and-7 situation and intercepted Bradford's pass at the 33. Slay returned it to the 20-yard line.

An illegal formation penalty had wiped out an apparent Vikings first down pass to Jerick McKinnon on the previous play.

Vikings kicker Kai Forbath's 30-yard field goal tied the game at 10-all with 7:03 remaining in the third quarter. Bradford's 41-yard pass to McKinnon set up that score.

Cordarrelle Patterson's 22-yard gain on a double reverse late in the quarter put the Vikings in striking distance again. A chop-block penalty by tackle T.J. Clemmings forced them to settle for Forbath's 28-yard field goal with 12:38 left.   Continued...

Nov 24, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions kicker Matt Prater (5) celebrates with center Travis Swanson (64) and teammates after kicking the game winning field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports