We’ve made it through the first quarter at Ford Field, with your Minnesota Vikings leading the Detroit Lions by a score of 7-6.
The Vikings won the toss and decided to take the football rather than defer, putting the offense on the field first. They picked up a first down on the first play from scrimmage, but a holding penalty on Dakota Dozier and a couple of deflected passes brought an end to the drive.
The two teams then exchanged three and outs, and on the Vikings’ second punt return specialist Jamal Agnew was stripped by Hardy Nickerson, and long snapper Andrew DePaola recovered the loose ball! But, the Vikings offense did nothing with it and punted for a third time in the first quarter.
The Lions then got the game’s first points, as Matthew Stafford connected with Marvin Jones for a 43-yard touchdown. Matt Prater missed the extra point to give the Lions a 6-0 lead with just under five minutes remaining in the first quarter.
The Vikings then answered back just before the end of the quarter, with Kirk Cousins finding Alexander Mattison on a 4th-and-2 pass that the running back turned into a 28-yard score. Dan Bailey hit the extra point, and the Vikings found themselves ahead, 7-6 with 30 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
.@AlexMattison22 making 'em miss!— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) January 3, 2021
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As we move to the second quarter of play, the Lions are looking at 2nd-and-7 from their own 28-yard line.
Fifteen minutes in the books from Detroit, folks, and the Vikings lead the Lions by a score of 7-6. Come join us for the second quarter of play!