Lions Beat Vikings 20-17 In OT


Sunday, September 16th 2007, 6:47 pm
By: News On 6


DETROIT (AP) _ The Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions took turns blowing chances to win the game.

In the end, Jason Hanson's 37-yard field goal in overtime lifted Detroit to a 20-17 victory over Minnesota on Sunday and ended a 10-game losing streak in the series.

The Lions and Vikings combined for nine turnovers in regulation _ and two missed field goals in the final 35 seconds.

The 10th turnover _ Brooks Bollinger's fumbled snap _ gave Detroit the ball at the 50. Jon Kitna, who missed about two quarters after being shaken up, ran the ball twice to pick up a key first down, and Brian Calhoun's 17-yard run set up Hanson's kick.

Detroit (2-0) has won its first two games for the first time in three years, when the Lions finished 6-10 _ their best record since Matt Millen was given control of the franchise in 2001.

The Vikings (1-1) had plenty of chances to start 2-0 for the second straight year, but lost many of the opportunities as Tarvaris Jackson tied a team record with four interceptions.