Detroit 14
Minnesota 27

SCORING



Team 1234OTTotal
VISITOR: Detroit Lions0707014
HOME: Minnesota Vikings32103027

Scoring Plays
TeamQtrTimePlay Description (Extra Point) (Drive Info)VisitorHome
Vikings15:55P.Edinger 21 yd. Field Goal (9-57, 4:53)03
Vikings27:26M.Bennett 5 yd. pass from B.Johnson (P.Edinger kick) (9-44, 4:22)010
Vikings25:45C.Fason 3 yd. run (P.Edinger kick) (3-14, 1:22)017
Vikings24:02N.Burleson 15 yd. pass from B.Johnson (P.Edinger kick) (3-11, 0:53)024
Lions20:48A.Pinner 1 yd. run (J.Hanson kick) (9-75, 3:14)724
Lions414:55M.Pollard 23 yd. pass from J.Harrington (J.Hanson kick) (6-67, 2:57)1424
Vikings47:30P.Edinger 40 yd. Field Goal (6-33, 3:32)1427

Paid Attendance: 63813Game Length: 3:04

Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings
11/6/2005 at Metrodome
Final Individual Statistics
Detroit Lions Minnesota Vikings

 
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
J.Harrington4174.360
K.Jones7152.150
S.Bryson3155.070
A.Pinner6111.831
 
Total20582.971
 
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
M.Bennett181065.9310
M.Moore11494.5140
C.Fason5102.071
B.Johnson1-1-1.0-10
 
Total351644.7311

 
PASSINGATTCMPYDSSK/YDTDLGINRT
J.Harrington48282634/32140263.1
 
Total48282634/32140263.1
 
PASSINGATTCMPYDSSK/YDTDLGINRT
B.Johnson22151363/152260115.0
 
Total22151363/152260115.0

 
PASS RECEIVINGNOYDSAVGLGTD
S.Vines910912.1400
S.Bryson6305.0110
M.Williams44310.8140
M.Pollard44210.5231
A.Pinner22613.0240
C.Schlesinger252.530
K.Jones188.080
 
Total282639.4401
 
PASS RECEIVINGNOYDSAVGLGTD
T.Taylor4276.8190
T.Williamson3268.7120
N.Burleson2168.0151
M.Moore12626.0260
M.Robinson11212.0120
J.Wiggins11111.0110
J.Kleinsasser188.080
K.Robinson155.050
M.Bennett155.051
 
Total151369.1262

 
INTERCEPTIONSNOYDSAVGLGTD
 
Total000.000
 
INTERCEPTIONSNOYDSAVGLGTD
D.Sharper13030.0300
A.Winfield144.040
 
Total23417.0300

 
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGTBIN20LG
N.Harris526352.60260
 
Total526352.60260
 
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGTBIN20LG
C.Kluwe523446.81161
 
Total523446.81161

 
PUNT RETURNSNOYDSAVGFCLGTD
E.Drummond2126.01130
[DOWNED]100.0000
[TOUCHBACK]100.0000
 
Returns2126.01130
 
PUNT RETURNSNOYDSAVGFCLGTD
M.Moore23015.01300
N.Burleson144.0040
[DOWNED]100.0000
 
Returns33411.31300

 
KICKOFF RETURNSNOYDSAVGFCLGTD
E.Drummond612220.30250
 
Returns612220.30250
 
KICKOFF RETURNSNOYDSAVGFCLGTD
K.Robinson310133.70490
 
Returns310133.70490

 
Detroit Lions
FUMBLESFUMOWN-RECYDSTDFORCEDOPP-RECYDSTDOUT-BDS
J.Harrington100000000
K.Edwards000010000
S.Cody000001000
Total100011000

Minnesota Vikings
FUMBLESFUMOWN-RECYDSTDFORCEDOPP-RECYDSTDOUT-BDS
B.Johnson100000000
B.Williams000010000
K.Williams000001600
Total100011600

Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings
11/6/2005 at Metrodome
Final Team Statistics
 Visitor
Lions
Home
Vikings

TOTAL FIRST DOWNS2019
   By Rushing510
   By Passing148
   By Penalty11
THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY9-17-53%3-12-25%
FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY0-1-0%0-0-0%
TOTAL NET YARDS289285
   Total Offensive Plays (inc. times thrown passing)7260
   Average gain per offensive play4.04.8
NET YARDS RUSHING58164
   Total Rushing Plays2035
   Average gain per rushing play2.94.7
   Tackles for a loss-number and yards1-15-15
NET YARDS PASSING231121
   Times thrown - yards lost attempting to pass4-323-15
   Gross yards passing263136
PASS ATTEMPTS-COMPLETIONS-HAD INTERCEPTED48-28-222-15-0
   Avg gain per pass play (inc.# thrown passing)4.44.8
KICKOFFS Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks3-2-06-2-0
PUNTS Number and Average5-52.65-46.8
   Had Blocked00
FGs - PATs Had Blocked0-00-0
Net Punting Average45.840.4
TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE (Not Including Kickoffs)1268
   No. and Yards Punt Returns2-123-34
   No. and Yards Kickoff Returns6-1223-101
   No. and Yards Interception Returns0-02-34
PENALTIES Number and Yards6-313-18
FUMBLES Number and Lost1-11-1
TOUCHDOWNS23
   Rushing11
   Passing12
EXTRA POINTS Made-Attempts2-23-3
   Kicking Made-Attempts2-23-3
FIELD GOALS Made-Attempts0-12-3
RED ZONE EFFICIENCY1-1-100%3-5-60%
GOAL TO GO EFFICIENCY1-1-100%2-3-67%
SAFETIES00
FINAL SCORE1427
TIME OF POSSESSION30:2129:39

Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings
11/6/2005 at Metrodome
Ball Possession And Drive Chart
Detroit Lions

# Time
Recd
Time
Lost
Time
Poss
How Ball
Obtained
Drive
Began
#
Play
Yds
Gain
Yds
Pen
Net
Yds
1st
Down
Last
Scrm
How
Given Up
115:0010:484:12KickoffDET 3110360362MIN 33Missed FG
25:552:423:13KickoffDET 236110111DET 34Punt
314:4511:482:57PuntDET 5516-5111DET 16Punt
47:267:070:19KickoffDET 263-60-60DET 26Fumble
55:454:550:50KickoffDET 1721010DET 18Interception
64:020:483:14KickoffDET 259750755*MIN 1Touchdown
712:168:373:39FumbleDET 3251561DET 38Punt
86:305:011:29PuntDET 453-110-110DET 34Punt
92:5214:552:57PuntDET 336670673MIN 23Touchdown
1013:2111:022:19PuntDET 203-5-5-100DET 10Punt
117:305:022:28KickoffDET 219440443MIN 39Downs
122:510:072:44PuntDET 201260-5554MIN 25Interception

    (298) Average DET 25       
Minnesota Vikings

# Time
Recd
Time
Lost
Time
Poss
How Ball
Obtained
Drive
Began
#
Play
Yds
Gain
Yds
Pen
Net
Yds
1st
Down
Last
Scrm
How
Given Up
110:485:554:53Missed FGMIN 4194611574*DET 2Field Goal
22:4214:452:57PuntMIN 36465512DET 46Punt
311:487:264:22PuntDET 449440444*DET 5Touchdown
47:075:451:22FumbleDET 143140142*DET 3Touchdown
54:554:020:53InterceptionDET 113110111*DET 15Touchdown
60:480:000:48KickoffMIN 207460462DET 34Missed FG
715:0012:162:44KickoffDET 455130131DET 25Fumble
88:376:302:07PuntMIN 1239090MIN 21Punt
95:012:522:09PuntMIN 103-50-50MIN 5Punt
1014:5513:211:34KickoffMIN 3137070MIN 38Punt
1111:027:303:32PuntMIN 456330332*DET 22Field Goal
125:022:512:11DownsMIN 355220221DET 43Punt
130:070:000:07InterceptionMIN 301-10-10MIN 30End of Game

    (513) Average MIN 39       
* inside opponent's 20

Time of Possession by Quarter1st2nd3rd4thOTTotal
Visitor  Detroit Lions7:257:208:007:3630:21
Home  Minnesota Vikings7:357:407:007:2429:39

Kickoff Drive No. - Start AverageLions: 6 - DET 24Vikings: 3 - MIN 35

Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings
11/6/2005 at Metrodome
Final Defensive Statistics
Detroit LionsRegular Defensive PlaysSpecial TeamsMisc

TKLASTCOMBSACK /YRDSINPDFFFR  TKLASTFFFRBL  TKLASTFFFR
T.Holt538000000  00000  0000
R.McQuarters617000100  00000  0000
J.Hall527000000  00000  0000
E.Holmes527000000  00000  0000
K.Edwards5052120010  00000  0000
S.Cody415000001  00000  0000
B.Bailey224000000  10000  0000
C.Redding224000000  00000  0000
K.Smith303130000  00000  0000
K.Kennedy303000000  00000  0000
D.Wilkinson213000000  00000  0000
A.Goodman202000000  00000  0000
J.DeVries112000000  00000  0000
J.Davis022000000  00000  0000
M.Bell011000000  00000  0000
S.Bryson000000000  10000  1000
D.Muhlbach000000000  10000  0000
D.Curry000000000  10000  0000
J.Hanson000000000  10000  0000
B.Walker000000000  10000  0000
W.Rainer000000000  01000  0000
A.Pinner000000000  00000  1000
C.Fitzsimmons000000000  00000  1000
 
Total4518633150111  61000  3000

TKL / TK = TackleAST / AS = AssistCOMB = CombinedIN = Interception
PD = Pass DefenseFF = Forced FumbleFR = Fumble RecoveryBL = Blocked

Minnesota VikingsRegular Defensive PlaysSpecial TeamsMisc

TKLASTCOMBSACK /YRDSINPDFFFR  TKLASTFFFRBL  TKLASTFFFR
A.Winfield8311001200  30000  0000
F.Smoot606000100  00000  0000
K.Newman415170100  00000  0000
B.Williams415160010  01000  0000
D.Scott314000000  00000  0000
E.Henderson314000000  00000  0000
D.Sharper303001100  00000  0000
L.Johnstone3032190000  00000  0000
S.Cowart213000000  00000  0000
E.James213000000  00000  0000
K.Williams202000001  00000  0000
R.Brown112000100  10000  0000
P.Williams112000000  00000  0000
D.Thomas112000000  00000  0000
C.Chavous101000000  00000  0000
TEAM101000000  00000  0000
N.Harris000000100  00000  0000
R.Davis000000000  10000  0000
R.Smith000000000  10000  0000
R.Owens000000000  01000  0000
H.Farwell000000000  01000  0000
C.Loeffler000000000  01000  0000
B.Johnson000000000  00000  1000
 
Total4512574322711  64000  1000

RECAP:

Changing quarterbacks, receivers and players at other positions hasn't done anything to make the Lions better.

They can't change their biggest problem -- losing.

It didn't take overtime or a last-minute touchdown drive to beat them Sunday. The drama went out of the game early in a 27-14 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome.

A 21-point eruption by the Vikings in the second quarter buried the Lions in a hole that was too deep to overcome for their mini-offense.

Linebacker Boss Bailey sized up the obstacle the Lions faced when the Vikings surged to a 24-0 lead.

"We knew we'd have a dog fight," Bailey said. "We don't score many points."

They certainly don't, and they don't win many games.

The Vikings, in disarray on and off the field, shackled the Lions' running game and used an efficient, opportunistic offense to keep control from start to finish. The outcome left both teams with 3-5 records and in a tie for second place in the NFC North.

The Lions play Arizona next Sunday at Ford Field in a game that could be called the Ho Hum Bowl.

At the halfway point, the life has gone out of the Lions' season. They have lost two straight games and three of the last four, and there is no sign of a turnaround.

Another quarterback change -- from Jeff Garcia back to Joey Harrington -- could not light a spark.

Minnesota got its touchdowns in a 3:24 span of the second quarter. Two of the touchdowns were set up by turnovers -- a fumble by Harrington and an interception off a pass that was deflected twice.

Paul Edinger's 21-yard field goal in the first quarter gave Minnesota a 3-0 lead. Ciatric Fason's 3-yard run sandwiched between Brad Johnson's two touchdown passes -- 5 yards to Michael Bennett and 15 yards to Nate Burleson -- made it 24-0.

The Lions' touchdowns were on Artose Pinner's 1-yard run in the last minute of the first half and Harrington's 23-yard pass to Marcus Pollard on the first play of the fourth quarter.

The Lions never got inside the Vikings' 25-yard line after Pollard's touchdown.

Harrington started because Garcia's injured leg was too sore to practice on last week.

Harrington seemed refreshed from being on the bench for two games and hoped to give the offense a lift. That did not materialize.

"Part of it did feel different," Harrington said. "Unfortunately, we ended up getting in the same situations we've been in so many times."

Any advantage the Lions might have had disappeared early. The Vikings started Johnson, 37, in place of Daunte Culpepper, who is out for the season because of a knee injury. The Lions made Johnson look 10 years younger and twice as good as he is. Johnson completed 15 of 22 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns. His passer rating for the game was a lofty 115.0.

The Vikings ran the ball almost at will against a Lions defense that ranks as one of the NFL's best at stopping the run. The Vikings gained 164 yards on 35 carries.

The final offensive statistics favored the Lions slightly -- 289 yards to 285 for the Vikings -- but they were misleading. With a big lead in the second half, the Vikings gave the Lions short, safe throws to keep clock running and avoid getting beat deep.

There were a number of ugly statistics to show that the Lions' offense gave another feeble performance:

Harrington led them in rushing with 17 yards on four scrambles. Kevin Jones, Shawn Bryson and Artose Pinner combined to gain 41 yards on 16 carries.

Play selection and execution have been issues all season. The Lions go to the sidelines more than the middle of the field.

On a fourth-and-7 in the fourth quarter, Harrington threw short to Scottie Vines for 4 yards -- 3 yards short of a first down.

For the first 12:51 of the third quarter, the furthest the Lions advanced the ball with a pass was 4 yards. However, it was in the wrong direction. A pass to Pollard lost 4 yards.

Before that, Harrington's other completions in the quarter were to fullback Cory Schlesinger for gains of 3 and 2 yards.

At least they were in the right direction -- for a team headed nowhere

Scott's Game Commentary:

You can stick a fork in the 2005 season! For the first time in years I did not watch a second of a Lions game. Why? Because I had better things to do like spend my day at the Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix golfing. At first I was going to find a bar a mile away to watch the game, but the perfect weather changed my mind. Needless to say, when I saw the score updates on the golf carts GPS screen, I wasn't upset. Why? Because it is the SAME OLD LIONS!!! I'm sorry, but there are absolutely no excuses losing to a team that has been in disarray. Brad "Grandpa" Johnson? The Lions haven't beaten the Vikings now in eight tries and haven't won in Minnesota since 1997. When I heard that Rogers did not make the trip because of a poor practice, it did not surprise me. You can chalk him up as another Matt Millen 1st round draft bust! Joey Harrington had his usual blunders and there is only two more months of seeing him dazed and confused on the football field for the honolulu blue and silver. Roy Williams played only a few plays and did not have a catch. I can honestly say that Roy Williams and Charles Rogers are at rock bottom. Another wasted season down the toilet - make that five in a row!

Grades:

*Offense: --- D. Without Roy Williams, Charles Rogers and Kevin Jones for most of the game, you have the worst offense in the NFL. Harrington had no weapons and made his usual miscues. I still cannot get over how the Offense has unraveled. The Vikings had an awful defense, but it did not make a difference.

*Defense: --- D-. Great job by the Defense having a mental breakdown in the second quarter. Way to let Brad Johnson and company beat you.

*Special Teams: --- C. Hanson had a missed field goal. Not sure what else happened - obviously nothing.

*Coaching: --- F. Steve Mariucci needs to get his pink slip ASAP. There is absolutely no excuses for the Lions being 3-5 and i'm not buying the injury card as an excuse. His play calling is just awful and he has no control of the locker roomm. Great decision to not bring Rogers to Minnesota Mooch! Glen Martinez was a better option. So sad!

*Overall: --- F. The season is definitely over now that the Lions are three games behind the Bears. What should have been a great shot to end their playoff drought will now see it extended to five years. Up next are the Arizona Cardinals. Boy am I excited for that big matchup - not! It will be a snoozer and frankly i'd rather throw my tickets away than waste my entire day watching that garbage. With an easy schedule and everything setup perfectly for them, the Lions fell flat on their face. I can only hope that William Clay Ford has enough brains to clean house like he did in 2000, which means getting rid of Maricucci and Millen!

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Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings
11/6/2005 at Metrodome