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Detroit 17Minnesota 26
October 08, 2006Metrodome-Attendance: 63,906 (64,035) Time: 2:59
Scoring Summary
 MIN FG 4:23 Ryan Longwell 26 yard field goal attempt is good.03
 DET TD 2:17 Jon Kitna rush up the middle for 8 yards for a touchdown.63
 DET PAT 2:17 Jason Hanson extra point attempt is good.73
 DET FG 0:33 Jason Hanson 53 yard field goal attempt is good.103
 DET TD 5:11 Jon Kitna pass completion to the middle to Dan Campbell for 12 yards for a touchdown.163
 DET PAT 5:11 Jason Hanson extra point attempt is good.173
 MIN TD 14:14 Brad Johnson pass completion to the middle to Travis Taylor for 3 yards for a touchdown.179
 MIN PAT 14:14 Ryan Longwell extra point attempt is good.1710
 MIN TD 13:12 Jon Kitna fumbles. Minnesota recovers, Ben Leber returns 0 yards for a touchdown.1716
 MIN13:12 Ryan Longwell extra point attempt is blocked.1716
 MIN FG 3:00 Ryan Longwell 20 yard field goal attempt is good.1719
 MIN TD 1:31 Jon Kitna pass to the middle intercepted by E.J. Henderson and returned 45 yards for a touchdown.1725
 MIN PAT 1:31 Ryan Longwell extra point attempt is good.1726

 Detroit Passing
 J. Kitna23/422255.413
 Minnesota Passing
 B. Johnson26/342015.911
 Detroit Rushing
 K. Jones1080.805
 J. Kitna188.018
 Minnesota Rushing
 C. Taylor261234.7028
 A. Pinner3134.308
 B. Johnson1-1-1.00-1
 Detroit Receiving
 A. Hakim89211.5023
 K. Jones44210.5021
 M. Furrey34113.7017
 C. Schlesinger3134.306
 S. Bryson2147.009
 R. Williams177.007
 D. Campbell11212.0112
 M. Pollard144.004
 Minnesota Receiving
 M. Moore5387.6018
 C. Taylor5316.208
 T. Taylor44411.0121
 M. Robinson3258.3012
 J. Wiggins3227.309
 T. Richardson2189.0020
 J. Kleinsasser2126.008
 T. Williamson2115.509
 Detroit Tackles
 B. Bailey111010-0
 E. Sims9810-0
 D. Bullocks8530-0
 F. Bryant6420-0
 M. Bell6420-0
 P. Lenon6420-0
 S. Rogers3300-0
 D. Bly3300-0
 J. Hall3300-0
 D. Curry2200-0
 T. Holt2200-0
 J. McGraw4220-0
 C. Redding4220-0
 S. Bodiford1100-0
 K. Jones1100-0
 J. Fletcher1100-0
 B. Calhoun1100-0
 K. Smith2110-0
 J. Hanson1100-0
 K. Edwards1010-0
 J. DeVries1010-0
 Minnesota Tackles
 F. Smoot5500-0
 A. Winfield4400-0
 K. Williams3301-1
 E. Henderson3300-0
 R. Edwards2201-7
 D. Smith4220-0
 W. Hunter2200-0
 P. Williams2201-14
 N. Harris5230-0
 K. Udeze2200-0
 B. Leber3211-0
 H. Farwell2200-0
 C. Griffin2200-0
 D. Scott5231-2
 D. Sharper2200-0
 J. Glenn1100-0
 S. Johnson1100-0
 T. Williamson1100-0
 D. Thomas1100-0
 M. Birk1100-0
 Detroit Interceptions
 J. Fletcher12929.0290
 Minnesota Interceptions
 N. Harris122.020
 D. Sharper10000
 E. Henderson14545.0451
 Detroit Punting
 N. Harris629649.30
 Team 629649.30
 Minnesota Punting
 C. Kluwe3141471
 R. Longwell127271
 Team 416842.02
 Detroit Punt Returns
 E. Drummond24120.5290
 Minnesota Punt Returns
 M. Moore3196.3160
 Detroit Kickoff Returns
 E. Drummond510220.4240
 Minnesota Kickoff Returns
 T. Williamson36321280
 Detroit Fumbles
 J. Kitna1100
 Minnesota Fumbles
 M. Moore2110
 T. Taylor1100
 Detroit Missed Field Goals
 NONE        -
 Minnesota Missed Field Goals
 NONE        -

Team Stat Comparison
 1st Downs13 18 
   3rd down efficiency3-12 5-13 
   4th down efficiency1-2 0-0 
 Total Yards217 336 
 Passing201 201 
   Comp-Att23-42 26-34 
   Yards per pass4.3 5.9 
 Rushing16 135 
   Rushing Attempts11 30 
   Yards per rush1.5 4.5 
 Penalties7-50 5-40 
 Sacks against5-24 0-0 
     Fumbles-lost1-1 3-2 
     Interceptions thrown
 Possession23:21 36:39 


For three quarters, it looked like the 2006 Tigers showed up wearing the Lions’ uniforms and would drag the Lions out of their losing streak.

They weren’t the same old Lions. They could hit. They could catch. They couldn’t run, but they had a 17-3 lead over the Minnesota Vikings and were cruising to their first win under head coach Rod Marinelli.

That’s when the 2006 Lions took over. They stopped hitting, stopped catching, still couldn’t run, and collapsed under the siege of a stunning 23-point fourth quarter by the Vikings to lose, 26-17, at the Metrodome on Sunday afternoon.

It was vintage Lions. Too good to be true — and it wasn’t.

Their record sank to 0-5, and they are facing a harsh comparison in their next game. They play the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field on Sunday. Later in the day, their next-door-neighbor Tigers host the Oakland A’s at Comerica Park in the American League Championship Series — assuming neither team sweeps.

It is a sports doubleheader of contrasts — a Tigers team that has caught the city’s fancy, and a Lions team in store for another round of scorn.

They were beaten up on the field and on the scoreboard by the Vikings. Three Lions starters left the game with injuries and did not return — wide receiver Roy Williams, guard Damien Woody and defensive tackle Shaun Cody.

“We’re scrambling right now,” said quarterback Jon Kitna, forced to scramble away from the Vikings’ pass rush all game. “We’re a beat-up team.

“Nobody (cares). Times like this test your character, individually and as a football team.”

Minnesota scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter on turnovers by Kitna — a fumble recovery by linebacker Ben Leber, and linebacker Eugene Henderson’s interception return for the clinching touchdown.

Marinelli was stoic. He wasn’t looking for sympathy for himself or his players.

“That’s life,” he said. “I’m not going to feel sorry for myself or them.”

The Lions had the Vikings on the ropes with that 17-3 lead late in the third quarter. They weren’t overpowering, but they forced three turnovers and enough miscues by the Vikings to have the Metrodome crowd either groaning or booing the Vikings for much of the game.

They left cheering the Vikings, as the Lions lost their poise in the fourth quarter.

“At that point, we’ve got to make our plays,” Marinelli said.

The Vikings scored first, on Ryan Longwell’s 26-yard field goal in the first quarter.

After that, the Lions’ 17-point surge gave them their biggest lead of the season. Kitna’s 8-yard run up the middle in the second quarter caught the Vikings flat-footed and put the Lions ahead, 7-3. A 53-yard field goal by Jason Hanson with 33 seconds left in the half made it 10-3.

Kitna’s 12-yard pass to tight end Dan Campbell midway through the third quarter made it 17-3.

Even then, with the Lions well in front, there was a sense they were hanging on.

“The second half, we just came out flat and gave them the game,” said Eddie Drummond, who had another strong game on returns. “There were too many instances where the wind was taken out of us and we couldn’t pull back up.”

One was a roughing penalty against defensive tackle Shaun Rogers on the first play after Campbell’s touchdown. He hit Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson after he dumped off a pass for a 6-yard gain.

The extra 15 yards started Minnesota rolling. Johnson’s 3-yard pass to Travis Taylor on the second play of the fourth quarter cut the lead to 17-10.

This is how the Lions collapsed in the bitter end:

After Taylor’s touchdown, Drummond returned the kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, but it was called back because of an illegal block by Donte Curry.

Two plays later, Kitna was sacked by Vikings defensive Pat Williams and fumbled. Leber recovered as he crossed the goal line. Jared DeVries broke through to block Ryan Longwell’s extra-point attempt, leaving the Lions with a 17-16 lead.

The Lions failed to gain first downs on their next two possessions. Longwell’s 20-yard field goal ended a 61-yard, nine-play drive and put the Vikings ahead, 19-17, with three minutes left.

The clincher was Minnesota’s second defensive touchdown. The Lions were at their 49 at the two-minute warning. After three straight incompletions, Kitna threw a desperate, wobbly pass under pressure to the left — straight to Henderson, who ran 49 -yards for the clinching touchdown.

Baseball, anyone?

Scott's Game Commentary:

It was another typical honolulu blue and silver collapse against the Vikings. But, to be honest, I could have cared less! It was one of the greatest sports experiences watching the Tigers demolish the Evil Empire at Comerica Park. After attending 13 straight MSU / Michigan games, I gave up my seats to watch the Tigers - and what a great decision that was! Case in point - the Lions and Spartans can continue to fall into the bottom abyss and it does not bother me one bit. The Lions were up 17-3 and were in control of the game, but I knew for a fact they would blow the lead...and sure enough! Twenty three unanswered fourth quarter points by the Vikings and the Lions now find themselves with another oh we were so close victory once again. The Defense finally played like they did the first game of the year, but it was Kitna's miscues that contributed to 14 of the 4th quarter points. Next week the Lions should have their best shot at getting their first win against the Bills.


*Offense: --- D. The Offense that was cruising right along the past few weeks came to a screaching hault. It did not help losing Damien Woody and Roy Williams in the 1st quarter to injuries, but there are no excuses for how pathetic the offensive line was. That may be a reason Kevin Jones had ten carries for eight yards! Who was the Lions leading receiver? None other than Azar Hakim who was jobless only a few weeks ago! Mike Williams had one ball thrown to him and dropped it. Kitna had two costly turovers that both were run back for touchdowns. Only one of them was his fault given the Offensive Line has no clue how to block.

*Defense: --- B. The Defense that played the Seahawks finally showed up against the Vikings and gave up only 3 points through three quarters. They caused three Vikings turnovers including their interception of the year. Unfortunately, it was not enough given the Offense took over for the Defense in blowing yet another game for the honolulu blue and silver.

*Special Teams: --- B. Eddie Drummond had some great returns including one that would have just about put the game away in the 4th. But, Donte Currey was called for an illegal block in the back. A few plays later the Vikings scored a touchdown. Jason Hanson kicked a 53 yard field goal, which caught me by surprise. The special teams also had a blocked extra point.

*Coaching: --- C. Not the coaches fault with all the players that got injured and the talent they have to work with. Marinelli is doing a good job given his team has the worst record in the NFL.

*Overall: --- D. The Lions are 0-5, but as crazy as it sounds, they were a few plays away from being 4-1. Chicago was the only game they got decimated, but that was against the best team in the NFL (that is very hard for me to say). Every week, the Lions find some way to melt down in the 4th quarter and lose a game. If they want to get their first victory of the year they have a great shot against the Buffalo Bills this Sunday. I cannot wait for Sunday to get here and it certainly is not because of the football game! At 4:00pm, I will make the three minute walk to Comerica Park and hopefully get the chance to see the Tigers keep their magical season alive. If the Fords had any brains, they would can Millen and hire the best possible GM out there. That was exactly what Mike Illitch did when he fired Randy Smith (Matt Millen's clone) and hired Dave Drombrowski. As I keep saying over and over - as long as Matt Millen is GM of the Lions, they will and always continue to be the laughing stock of the NFL.

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