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Four Downs: Vikings NFC North lead grows with 30-23 defeat of Detroit


On Thanksgiving Day the Minnesota Vikings traveled to Detroit to play the Lions as the first of three Thanksgiving games for the NFL. This one turned out to be the best and closest, as a late interception clinched the 30-23 victory for the Vikings, giving them a record of 9-2 and a three game lead over the second place Detroit Lions.

1st Down: The Vikings bolted out of the gate to grab a 13-0 lead after the first quarter and a 20-10 lead at the half. The Vikings were led by Case Keenum who threw for over 150 yards in the first half, including two touchdowns. The first was a one yard pass to Kyle Rudolph, then the second came with 37 seconds left in the second quarter when Kyle Rudolph would haul in a 22 yard pass from Keenum to make it a 20-3 game. Keenum on the day would throw for 282 yards on 21/30 passing for two touchdowns.

2nd Down: The Vikings run game led by Latavius Murray was very strong once again. Murray and backfield counterpart Jerick McKinnon were particularly effective on the first drive of the second half. Murray would take the ball from the Vikings 20 after a touchback, and run it up the middle for 46 yards to the Detroit 29 yard line. McKinnon would then run it for 10-plus on the next two plays, running it around the right end for 16 and 11, bringing the Vikings to the two-yard line. Murray would then punch it in to give the Vikings a 27-10 lead. On the day, the Vikings ran for 136 yards on 41 carries, lead by Murray who ran for 84 yards on 20 carries, good for 4.2 yards per carry.

3rd Down: For a second week in a row, the offense was nearly silent in the second half, while the defense allowed a late run.  After scoring the touchdown at the start of the second half, the Vikings offense would punt on three straight possessions. Meanwhile, the Lions would score on three straight possessions. They would kick two straight field goals to make it 27-6, then they would score a touchdown as Matthew Stafford would rifle a pass to Marvin Jones Jr. who would go 43 yards for the touchdown, making it a 27-23 game. However, the defense would come through when it mattered, as Xavier Rhodes would pick off a ball off the hands of Jones, with three minutes left in the fourth quarter, that would allow the Vikings to run down the clock to end the game.

4th Down: The final note for this game is for Adam Thielen. Although he didn't score a touchdown in this one, his 89 yards were just enough to put him over 1,000 for the year as he now has 70 receptions for 1,005 yards. The Minnesota native becomes the first Viking with 1,000 yards receiving since Sidney Rice had 1,312 in 2009.

The Vikings look to extend their seven-game winning streak as they play the Atlanta Falcons at noon on December 3rd in the newly minted Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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