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Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings: First Quarter Open Thread

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DETROIT LIONS (7-8) WK 17 MINNESOTA VIKINGS (4-10-1)

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Date: 29 Dec 2013
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Time: 12:00 PM Central Stadium: HHH Metrodome
TV: FOX
DirecTV Ch 705
Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch 232
Sirius Ch 108
TV Announcers: GUS JOHNSON~!
Charles Davis
Know Thy Foe: Pride of Detroit
Line: Minnesota -3.5, O/U 51.5 (thanks to the SB Nation Odds page)
Chris' Prediction: Vikings 31, Lions 27
Final Score:


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Well, ladies and gentlemen, this is it. One of the more disappointing seasons in recent Minnesota Vikings history will come to an end today as the team hosts the final game in the history of the Metrodome against the team they've had more success against than any other, the Detroit Lions.

I'm not going to go into a big breakdown of what the Vikings have to do in order to win this one. I want to take this quick opportunity to thank everyone that's hung with this team during what has been a pretty rough year. The Game Threads have been as active as ever, and even though there have been some disagreements, things have been just as good as ever as this site continues to grow and expand and bring you the level of coverage that you've come to expect from us.

Let's enjoy this one, folks. . .let's hope that this team can keep from allowing the most points ever given up by a Vikings team (they need to allow 17 or less in order to do that), let's hope that some of our young guns get some serious looks, and let's hope that it's our team that gives Gus Johnson plenty to freak out about as opposed to our opponents.

We're a little less than an hour from kickoff, folks. Enjoy the Game Thread for the 2013 season finale!

SKOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL VIKINGS!!!!