Final

Vikings 27

(2-0, 2-0 away)

Lions 13

(0-2, 0-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, September 20, 2009

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 T
MIN 0 7 10 1027
DET 3 7 0 313

Top Performers

Passing: B. Favre (MIN) - 155 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: A. Peterson (MIN) - 15 CAR, 92 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Johnson (DET) - 5 REC, 51 YDS, 1 TD

Peterson rushes for 27-yard touchdown as Vikings shut down Lions

Associated Press

DETROIT -- Brett Favre is thankful to still be playing and winning in the NFL.

Adding a league record to his overflowing collection is merely a bonus.

Seifert: Wingin' It

The Vikings are 2-0 with a quarterback who clearly doesn't have a firm grasp of the nuances of their offense, writes Kevin Seifert. Blog

• NFC North blog

Favre set another mark with his 271st straight start in the regular season, then threw two touchdown passes to help the Minnesota Vikings beat the Detroit Lions 27-13 on Sunday.

"Every game I play in at this point, I'm pretty grateful," he said. "I know how difficult it is."

The Lions, meanwhile, know how tough it is to simply win a game. They haven't done it in almost 21 months.

Detroit looked like it might finally earn a victory with a 10-0 lead midway through the second quarter, but mental and physical miscues led to their 19th straight loss to match the second-longest skid in league history. The Chicago Cardinals, in the 1940s, and the Oakland Raiders, in the 1960s, also lost 19 straight.

"We can't keep making mistakes, and we can't keep taking penalties," center Dominic Raiola said. "We were fine in the first half, and then we stunk in the second half. I'm not pointing fingers at any one guy. This is on all of us.

Fast Facts

• Detroit scored the game's first 10 points only to see Minnesota reel off 27 unanswered points as the Lions became the fourth team in NFL history to lose 19 straight regular-season games.

• Making his 271st consecutive start, Brett Favre completed 23-of-27 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns.

• Adrian Peterson fell eight yards shy of 100 yards, but his 27-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave Minnesota the lead for good.

• Chad Greenway, who entered the game with two career interceptions, picked off Matthew Stafford twice. Stafford has now thrown five interceptions in the first two games.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

"We didn't do our jobs in the second half, and that's very frustrating," he added. "We're better than that."

If the Lions don't prove it on the field, they may march toward another infamous milestone.

Detroit, which became the NFL's first 0-16 team last season, desperately hopes it doesn't approach Tampa Bay's record of 26 losses in a row set during the 1976-77 seasons.

Kevin Smith blamed himself for letting the latest game slip away, setting up Adrian Peterson's go-ahead, 27-yard TD midway through the third quarter.

"It starts with my fumble," Smith said. "I think that's what hurt. It was 10-10 and I can't fumble the ball. I give it up and AP comes back and scores."

After rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford connected with Calvin Johnson to put Detroit ahead 10-0, the Vikings responded with Favre's toss to Visanthe Shiancoe in the end zone.

"That was probably the most important drive of the game," Favre said.

Short Suits Brett

Brett Favre continued to avoid throwing downfield with the Vikings. He threw 13 of his 27 passes at the line of scrimmage or behind it.

Favre by distance thrown
Passes 9 yds or less 10 yards or more
Cmp-Att 22-24 1-3
Yards 145 10
YAC 113 0
TD-Int 2-0 0-0

Favre, though, continues to play a young man's game less than a month away from his 40th birthday.

"Can you please stop calling him Brett Favre? It's the Silver Fox," teammate Jared Allen joked.

Favre was 23 of 27 for 155 yards with TD passes to rookie Percy Harvin and Shiancoe. He appeared to hurt his right hand when he got hit just before connecting with Harvin midway through the fourth quarter.

"It's all right," Favre insisted.

Minnesota coach Brad Childress said he didn't see Favre look at his hand and shake it after getting banged up.

"He's probably shaking everything he's got," Childress said.

On his first snap, the three-time MVP set another NFL mark. Defensive end Jim Marshall had the previous mark for consecutive starts, 270 games in a row for Minnesota from 1961-1979.

Favre's streak started 17 years ago.

"Think about what you were doing in 1992," Childress said. "It's a long time."

Minnesota shut down Stafford after he and the Lions had some success early, taking control in the second half on Peterson's TD, Favre's second pass for a score and Ryan Longwell's field goals. Chad Greenway had two interceptions and recovered a fumble for the Vikings (2-0).

Stafford, the No. 1 pick in the draft, was 18 of 30 for 152 yards with a TD and two interceptions.

"Matt Stafford is our starting quarterback," Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said, when asked about a possible quarterback change.

Game notes


The Vikings invited Marshall to attend the game, but he politely declined to spend time with his wife on their first anniversary. ... Ernie Harwell, an honorary captain wearing a No. 1 Lions jersey, was given a rousing ovation before the game. The 91-year-old Baseball Hall of Fame honoree and longtime broadcaster for the Detroit Tigers has inoperable cancer.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIN
DET
1st Downs1817
Passing 1st downs
137
Rushing 1st downs
48
1st downs from Penalties
12
3rd down efficiency
3-115-13
4th down efficiency
1-12-2
Total Plays5666
Total Yards265265
Yards per play4.74.0
Total Drives1111
Passing153136
Comp - Att
24-2818-30
Yards per pass
5.54.5
Interceptions thrown
02
Sacks - Yards Lost
3-162-16
Rushing112129
Rushing Attempts
2534
Yards per rush
4.53.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-41-2
Penalties5-436-45
Turnovers13
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
02
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession29:3530:25

Passing Leaders

MINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre23/271555.7203-16
Jackson1/11414.0000-0
DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Stafford18/301525.1122-16

Rushing Leaders

MINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Peterson15926.1127
Harvin2147.0013
DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith24833.5013
Johnson2168.0011

Receiving Leaders

MINRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Berrian6467.70116
Harvin5418.21115
DETRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Johnson55110.21227
Pettigrew44010.00145

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMINDET
detFG05:05Jason Hanson 30 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERMINDET
detTD05:40Calvin Johnson 8 Yd Pass From Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson Kick) 010
minTD01:04Visanthe Shiancoe 1 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick) 710
THIRD QUARTERMINDET
minFG08:38Ryan Longwell 26 Yd 1010
minTD07:45Adrian Peterson 27 Yd Run (Ryan Longwell Kick) 1710
FOURTH QUARTERMINDET
minFG09:56Ryan Longwell 46 Yd 2010
minTD05:58Percy Harvin 3 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick) 2710
detFG02:37Jason Hanson 48 Yd 2713