The Lions won the coin toss and, much like Green Bay did last week, elected to receive rather than defer. And, much like last week, the Vikings’ defense started the game by forcing a three-and-out with a pair of incompletions from Jared Goff. The Vikings took over at their own 10-yard line after the punt. The Vikings managed a couple of first downs before the offense stalled and they were forced to punt. Ryan Wright’s punt was a good one. . .but the Vikings’ special teams allowed a 42-yard return to Khalif Raymond to give the Lions the ball near midfield.
The Lions were quickly into the red zone on a long pass from Goff to Amon-Ra St. Brown, and the two connected again to put Detroit in a goal-to-go situation. The drive was then capped off by a pass from Goff to a wide open Sam LaPorta for a touchdown, and the Lions were out to a 7-0 lead with eight minutes left in the first quarter.
The Vikings proceeded to go three-and-out on their next possession, starting with Nick Mullens getting sacked for a big loss. The Lions then marched down the field and scored again on a run by Jahmyr Gibbs, with a missed extra point making the score 13-0 with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Minnesota got the ball back and it looked like they were going to go three-and-out again after a sack and an intentional grounding penalty, but Mullens found Johnny Mundt to convert a 3rd-and-30. Yes, third down and thirty yards to go.
With that, the Vikings are now looking at a 3rd-and-8 from their own 48-yard line as we start the second quarter.
One quarter of play in the books, and the Vikings trail the Lions by a score of 13-0. Come on in and join us for the second quarter of play from Ford Field!