The Lions got the ball first in this one, and moved into Minnesota territory before being halted thanks to Mackensie Alexander forcing an incomplete pass from Matthew Stafford. The play had originally been ruled a fumble, but Mike Zimmer challenged and the call was reversed, moving the Lions back a few yards. The Lions then committed a false start, and rather than attempt a 61-yard field goal, the Lions punted it away.
The Vikings picked up a first down on their opening possession, but wound up punting it away. Xavier Rhodes was called for pass interference on a long attempt that put the Lions back into Minnesota territory, and that helped set the stage for the game’s first touchdown, as Stafford hit Marvin Jones for a 16-yard score that put the home team ahead 7-0 midway through the first quarter.
The Vikings quickly answered back, as Kirk Cousins found Adam Thielen on a 25-yard touchdown strike in the back of the end zone to tie the score at 7-7. Thielen was injured on the play, and we’re awaiting an update on his status.
Detroit quickly moved down the field again, as Stafford found Danny Amendola on a big 36-yard catch-and-run into Minnesota territory. The drive ended the same way the previous one did, with Matthew Stafford connecting with Marvin Jones for the score, this one from three yards out to make it 14-7 just before the end of the quarter.
As we move to the second quarter of play, the Vikings are looking at 2nd-and-10 from their own 39-yard line after a long return from Ameer Abdullah.
The Vikings trail the Lions, 14-7, after the first quarter at Ford Field. Come on in and join us for the second quarter of play!