Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Lions close incredible season with 30-20 win

The Detroit Lions closed their regular season out with a comfortable win over division rivals Minnesota.

While most teams in their positions would’ve rested players the Lions attached the very feint possibility of capturing the second seed through the playoffs and played their starters throughout the game. It made the game comfortable, and a little scary.

The Lions galloped out to a 13-0 lead scored touchdowns on two of their first three possessions, and the Vikings were never closer than 7 points for the rest of the game.

Lions magical season heads into playoffs

But Lions rookie tight end Sam Laporta left the game with a potentially season-ending knee injury when he was taken low when his leg was planted. Several people questioned whether the risk was worth such a small potential reward.

“You’re either all in or all out,” head coach Dan Campbell said.

For the Vikings it was the end of a challenging season that saw them start four different quarterbacks with little cohesive plan as to what to do from game to game. “I appreciate the way these guys battled all the way to the end, despite all the adversity and all the injuries,” Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell said.

Minnesota VikingsDetroit Lions
1st Downs2419
Passing 1st downs1513
Rushing 1st downs65
1st downs from penalties31
3rd down efficiency2-131-9
4th down efficiency2-32-2
Total Plays7056
Total Yards448381
Total Drives1111
Yards per Play6.46.8
Passing359311
Comp-Att30-4423-32
Yards per pass7.59.4
Interceptions thrown20
Sacks-Yards Lost4-371-9
Rushing8970
Rushing Attempts2223
Yards per rush4.03.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-13-4
Penalties8-774-20
Turnovers20
Fumbles lost00
Interceptions thrown20
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession34:5925:01

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