The purple won the coin toss and deferred to the second half, giving Jared Goff and the Lions the football first. Detroit pushed the ball down the field but, eventually, the Vikings’ defense stiffened up and the Lions settled for a 39-yard field goal from Austin Seibert to give the visitors an early 3-0 lead.
The Vikings then answered with a field goal of their own, with Greg Joseph connecting from 38 yards out to tie things up at 3-3 after each team’s first possession. Kirk Cousins found Justin Jefferson for a couple of nice gains in third-down situations, but ultimately the offense stalled and settled for the three.
The Lions then put together another long drive that pushed into Minnesota territory. Everson Griffen finally got to Goff for a sack on a first down play, and on the second down attempt Griffen and Danielle Hunter met at the quarterback and forced a fumble that was recovered by James Lynch!
Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter meet at the QB and cause the fumble. Vikings recover pic.twitter.com/M2CkEstddR— Sean Borman (@SeanBormanNFL) October 10, 2021
As we move to the second quarter, the Vikings are looking at a 1st-and-10 from their own 48-yard line.
We’ve finished the first quarter of this Week 5 NFC North matchup, and the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions are tied at 3-3. Come on in and join us for the second quarter of play!