Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/19/14
MINNEAPOLIS -- For one week, the Minnesota Vikings offense got healthy and the Detroit Lions' drive back to relevance was stopped. In a 34-24 win at Mall of America Field, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder silenced the boos and running back Adrian Peterson continued to hear the cheers as Minnesota (6-3) broke a two-game losing streak. Despite some determined second-half heroics by quarterback Matthew Stafford, the Lions dropped to 4-5 in an important NFC North matchup. It gave the Vikings the season sweep of the Lions. Ponder completed 24 of 32 passes for 221 yards and two TDs with no interceptions. Peterson ran 27 times for 171 yards -- his fourth straight 100-yard game -- including a brilliant 61-yard run for a score that gave the Vikings a 31-17 lead with 8:06 left in the game. Stafford started slowly, but finished fast, completing 28 of 42 passes for 329 yards -- 207 of which went to receiver Calvin Johnson on 12 catches. It was Johnson's third career 200-yard game. ...
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