Monday, January 22, 2018
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Vikings 20, Lions 13

Vikings special vs. scuffling Lions

DETROIT — The Vikings must have been salivating when they saw how the Lions covered kicks.

Or didn't cover them.

Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff 105 yards, and Marcus Sherels ran back a second-half punt 77 yards for a score, boosting the Vikings to victory.

"It was slow-motion, especially today," former Florida star Harvin said. "That hole opened up, and you probably could have walked through there. The blockers did a great job. … Special teams was huge today."

Detroit is the first team since at least 1940 to allow a kickoff and a punt return for scores in consecutive games, according to STATS LLC. They did it last week in a loss to the Titans.

"We're good, but we're garbage right now and we're killing our team," kicker Jason Hanson said.

The surprising NFC North-leading Vikings matched their wins from 2011, when they went 3-13.

"That's a good mark of improvement," second-year QB and ex-FSU star Christian Ponder said.

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