Special teams cost Detroit as they lost 20-13 to the Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings improved to 3-1 for the season with a 20-13 win over the slumping Detroit Lions.
Last Updated: 01/10/12 10:32am
Christian Ponder threw for 111 yards for the Vikings while running-back Adrian Peterson managed 102 yards on the ground.
The visitors made the best possible start with Percy Harvin returning the opening kick-off 105 yards for a touchdown.
Two field goals apiece from Jason Hanson and Blair Walsh ensured Minnesota led 13-6 at half time.
Specials teams hurt the Lions again in the third quarter when Marcus Sherels returned Walsh's punt 77-yards for a touchdown.
The Lions had the final say when quarterback Matthew Stafford crossed from one-yard out, but the home side were unable to force extra time.