In order to hand the winless Lions their 12th loss in the past 13 games, the Vikings needed a sketchy pass interference call to set up Ryan Longwell's game-winning 26-yard field goal with nine seconds left. In addition, Detroit quarterback Dan Orlovsky gave Minnesota two points by -- in very Lions-like fashion -- stepping out of the back of the end zone on a rollout pass.
It was hardly an inspiring win; if you get a chance, listen to the glum tone of Vikings play-by-plan man Paul Allen at the end of this" highlight" cut-up on NFL.com. Although the Vikings' 3-3 record qualifies them for a share of the NFC North lead, their past two victories seem to have been absolutely gift-wrapped.
Minnesota coach Brad Childress seemed to be addressing that sentiment during his postgame remarks, which I pass along courtesy of the Vikings' public relations department:
"As far as I'm concerned, that's a great win. There is no such thing as a bad one in the NFL. I think I told you guys last week, this would be far tougher than I think anyone wanted to make it. Human nature is you want it to be easy. But you know what? It doesn't happen that way in this league."
By all accounts, the Lions put forth an effort that -- if nothing else -- suggests they haven't given up on this season. While it didn't translate into a victory, it's a credit to coach Rod Marinelli that his players haven't tanked yet. (Sorry, that's the best I can come up with for this Lions group).