Vikings 27

(2-0, 2-0 away)

Lions 13

(0-2, 0-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, September 20, 2009

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 T
MIN 0 7 10 1027
DET 3 7 0 313

Top Performers

Passing: B. Favre (MIN) - 155 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: A. Peterson (MIN) - 15 CAR, 92 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Johnson (DET) - 5 REC, 51 YDS, 1 TD

Peterson rushes for 27-yard touchdown as Vikings shut down Lions

Associated Press

DETROIT -- Brett Favre is thankful to still be playing and winning in the NFL.

Adding a league record to his overflowing collection is merely a bonus.

Seifert: Wingin' It

The Vikings are 2-0 with a quarterback who clearly doesn't have a firm grasp of the nuances of their offense, writes Kevin Seifert. Blog

• NFC North blog

Favre set another mark with his 271st straight start in the regular season, then threw two touchdown passes to help the Minnesota Vikings beat the Detroit Lions 27-13 on Sunday.

"Every game I play in at this point, I'm pretty grateful," he said. "I know how difficult it is."

The Lions, meanwhile, know how tough it is to simply win a game. They haven't done it in almost 21 months.

Detroit looked like it might finally earn a victory with a 10-0 lead midway through the second quarter, but mental and physical miscues led to their 19th straight loss to match the second-longest skid in league history. The Chicago Cardinals, in the 1940s, and the Oakland Raiders, in the 1960s, also lost 19 straight.

"We can't keep making mistakes, and we can't keep taking penalties," center Dominic Raiola said. "We were fine in the first half, and then we stunk in the second half. I'm not pointing fingers at any one guy. This is on all of us.

Fast Facts

• Detroit scored the game's first 10 points only to see Minnesota reel off 27 unanswered points as the Lions became the fourth team in NFL history to lose 19 straight regular-season games.

• Making his 271st consecutive start, Brett Favre completed 23-of-27 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns.

• Adrian Peterson fell eight yards shy of 100 yards, but his 27-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave Minnesota the lead for good.

• Chad Greenway, who entered the game with two career interceptions, picked off Matthew Stafford twice. Stafford has now thrown five interceptions in the first two games.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

"We didn't do our jobs in the second half, and that's very frustrating," he added. "We're better than that."

If the Lions don't prove it on the field, they may march toward another infamous milestone.

Detroit, which became the NFL's first 0-16 team last season, desperately hopes it doesn't approach Tampa Bay's record of 26 losses in a row set during the 1976-77 seasons.

Kevin Smith blamed himself for letting the latest game slip away, setting up Adrian Peterson's go-ahead, 27-yard TD midway through the third quarter.

"It starts with my fumble," Smith said. "I think that's what hurt. It was 10-10 and I can't fumble the ball. I give it up and AP comes back and scores."

After rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford connected with Calvin Johnson to put Detroit ahead 10-0, the Vikings responded with Favre's toss to Visanthe Shiancoe in the end zone.

"That was probably the most important drive of the game," Favre said.

Short Suits Brett

Brett Favre continued to avoid throwing downfield with the Vikings. He threw 13 of his 27 passes at the line of scrimmage or behind it.

Favre by distance thrown
Passes 9 yds or less 10 yards or more
Cmp-Att 22-24 1-3
Yards 145 10
YAC 113 0
TD-Int 2-0 0-0

Favre, though, continues to play a young man's game less than a month away from his 40th birthday.

"Can you please stop calling him Brett Favre? It's the Silver Fox," teammate Jared Allen joked.

Favre was 23 of 27 for 155 yards with TD passes to rookie Percy Harvin and Shiancoe. He appeared to hurt his right hand when he got hit just before connecting with Harvin midway through the fourth quarter.

"It's all right," Favre insisted.

Minnesota coach Brad Childress said he didn't see Favre look at his hand and shake it after getting banged up.

"He's probably shaking everything he's got," Childress said.

On his first snap, the three-time MVP set another NFL mark. Defensive end Jim Marshall had the previous mark for consecutive starts, 270 games in a row for Minnesota from 1961-1979.

Favre's streak started 17 years ago.

"Think about what you were doing in 1992," Childress said. "It's a long time."

Minnesota shut down Stafford after he and the Lions had some success early, taking control in the second half on Peterson's TD, Favre's second pass for a score and Ryan Longwell's field goals. Chad Greenway had two interceptions and recovered a fumble for the Vikings (2-0).

Stafford, the No. 1 pick in the draft, was 18 of 30 for 152 yards with a TD and two interceptions.

"Matt Stafford is our starting quarterback," Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said, when asked about a possible quarterback change.

Game notes

The Vikings invited Marshall to attend the game, but he politely declined to spend time with his wife on their first anniversary. ... Ernie Harwell, an honorary captain wearing a No. 1 Lions jersey, was given a rousing ovation before the game. The 91-year-old Baseball Hall of Fame honoree and longtime broadcaster for the Detroit Tigers has inoperable cancer.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1817
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5666
Total Yards265265
Yards per play4.74.0
Total Drives1111
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-41-2
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

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Scoring Summary

detFG5:09Jason Hanson 30 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 40 yds, 6:21
detTD5:46Calvin Johnson 8 Yard Pass From Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 75 yds, 4:16
minTD1:09Visanthe Shiancoe 1 Yard Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 76 yds, 4:36
minFG8:42Ryan Longwell 26 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 39 yds, 4:15
minTD7:54Adrian Peterson 27 Yard Run (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 27 yds, 0:00
minFG10:01Ryan Longwell 46 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 55 yds, 5:45
minTD6:02Percy Harvin 3 Yard Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 16 yds, 1:23
detFG2:42Jason Hanson 48 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 15 plays, 44 yds, 3:21