Final

Lions 10

(1-8, 0-5 away)

Vikings 27

(8-1, 4-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, November 15, 2009

Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, MN 

1 2 3 4 T
DET 0 3 7 010
MIN 3 7 7 1027

Top Performers

Passing: B. Favre (MIN) - 344 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: A. Peterson (MIN) - 18 CAR, 133 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: S. Rice (MIN) - 7 REC, 201 YDS

Favre throws for 344 yards, 201 to Rice, in win over Lions

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Even when Sidney Rice is tightly covered, Brett Favre isn't afraid to fire a pass downfield.

Fast Facts

• Sidney Rice became the fourth player in Vikings history with at least 200 yards receiving in a single game as he finished with 201.

• Adrian Peterson rushed for 133 yards and two TDs, his fourth career game with at least 130 rush yards and two scores.

• Minnesota has now won five straight at home. The Vikings also improved to 13-2 in their last 15 regular-season games.

• The Lions lost their 17th straight road game and 13th straight game against an NFC North opponent.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Favre's new favorite receiver just keeps fighting through the contact and coming up with the ball, perhaps finally making Minnesota fans forget Randy Moss.

Favre passed for a season-high 344 yards, 201 to Rice, and the Vikings overcame several self-inflicted setbacks to beat the Detroit Lions 27-10 on Sunday.

"Sidney never surprises me," said Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns. "I have a nickname for him, and it's 'Showtime.' He's got it tattooed on his arm. It fits him well."

Thanks to Favre's arrival at quarterback and a summer spent working out with some of the game's greatest receivers, Rice has emerged as quite a threat for the surging Vikings (8-1). What he lacks in speed he has made up for with precision, position and poise.

"It seems like each game he's getting better and better," said left tackle Bryant McKinnie. "Some of those catches are definitely Randy Moss-esque."

The Lions (1-8) joined the Houston Oilers, from Nov. 21, 1982 through Nov. 4, 1984, as the only NFL teams to lose 31 games in a 33-game stretch, according to STATS.

"You see the progress and see that we're improving," linebacker Julian Peterson said. "We just can't get over that extra hump."

After a slew of injuries and more poor pass coverage, the Lions dropped their 12th straight at the Metrodome despite keeping another game close for three quarters.

"We came in with our first goal, which was to stop Adrian Peterson, but with Favre landing bombs like he did it was kind of hard," linebacker DeAndre Levy said. "It throws off everyone, from the D-line to the cornerbacks."

Peterson lost a fumble and threw a bad pitch to Percy Harvin for another turnover, both inside the Detroit 20 in the first half. The Vikings committed a season-most 13 penalties, totaling 91 yards.

"We're not here to try to impress people," linebacker Ben Leber said. "We're here to get some wins."

The Favre-Rice combination has been impressive, particularly in the past month. In the past four games, Rice has 27 receptions for 553 yards.

"Anyone can be stopped, but he sure is difficult to cover," Favre said. "The type of plays he makes I think is what we all expect him to do."

Rice wasn't healthy much of last season, but he never found that connection with Tarvaris Jackson. Fittingly, when Jackson relieved Favre late in the game, Rice dropped his first throw.

Rice compared jockeying for the ball to boxing out for a rebound in basketball, a sport he considers his second favorite. Beyond that, what's the secret to his success with Favre?

"Just communication and trust," Rice said.

Matthew Stafford has had a rough rookie season, learning on the go with the Lions still dogged by glaring weaknesses a year after becoming the first 0-16 team in NFL history. This was his second game without an interception even against a fierce Vikings pass rush, though, and his receivers dropped a handful of passes.

"I'm not worried about Matt," coach Jim Schwartz said. "Good gracious. We don't need to sit there and worry about him every single time. It's about this team, and we didn't handle their pressure well."

Kevin Smith's fumble - forced and recovered by Ray Edwards, who was all over the field - on the first play of the third quarter set up Peterson for a 27-yard run and a 1-yard score to stretch the lead to 17-3.

Stafford finished 29 for 51 for 224 yards and one touchdown, which brought the Lions within 17-10. They were going for it on fourth-and-1 at the Minnesota 48 late in the third quarter, but with the crowd roaring they called timeout to talk it over and then decided to punt.

Early in the fourth, Favre found Rice open for a 56-yard pass to set up a short touchdown toss to Jeff Dugan, essentially sealing the victory and moving the Vikings closer to clinching the NFC North.

Game notes


Rice's drop cost him the team single-game record, set by Sammy White with 210 yards against the Lions in 1976. He punished himself on the sideline afterward with 25 pushups. ... The Lions held FS Louis Delmas out with an infected tooth, and his replacement Marquand Manuel left later after hurting his shoulder. ... Edwards was flagged for unnecessary roughness after hurdling a cut block with a Superman-style leap to take down Stafford and force an incompletion on third down at the 13, leading to Detroit's only TD. Childress called NFL officiating VP Mike Pereira after the game to complain about that call, and he said Pereira agreed with him that it wasn't a penalty.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DET
MIN
1st Downs1919
Passing 1st downs
1412
Rushing 1st downs
26
1st downs from Penalties
31
3rd down efficiency
6-173-11
4th down efficiency
0-20-1
Total Plays7663
Total Yards297492
Yards per play3.97.8
Total Drives1314
Passing204340
Comp - Att
29-5120-31
Yards per pass
4.011.0
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks - Yards Lost
3-201-4
Rushing93152
Rushing Attempts
2231
Yards per rush
4.24.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-12-6
Penalties4-4013-91
Turnovers12
Fumbles lost
12
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession29:3730:23

Passing Leaders

DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Stafford29/512244.4103-20
MINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre20/2934411.9101-4
Jackson0/200.0000-0

Rushing Leaders

DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith12554.6014
Stafford4287.0015
MINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Peterson181337.4243
Taylor7162.3011

Receiving Leaders

DETRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Johnson88410.501913
Northcutt6488.00118
MINRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Rice720128.70569
Harvin35317.70404

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDETMIN
minFG09:18Ryan Longwell 22 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERDETMIN
minTD10:48Adrian Peterson 22 Yd Run (Ryan Longwell Kick) 010
detFG00:04Jason Hanson 38 Yd 310
THIRD QUARTERDETMIN
minTD14:18Adrian Peterson 1 Yd Run (Ryan Longwell Kick) 317
detTD08:14Will Heller 8 Yd Pass From Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson Kick) 1017
FOURTH QUARTERDETMIN
minTD13:20Jeff Dugan 8 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick) 1024
minFG07:33Ryan Longwell 35 Yd 1027