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Week 14. We are back with BMTN's blog/observances/smart-aleck quips/call-it-what-you-want of today's Vikings game. This week: Minnesota (2-10) tries to toss a huge monkey wrench into Detroit's (7-5) playoff plans. Here's how it went down:
3:30: Tweet from columnist Jim Souhan says it all: "Joe Webb is team mvp. Leads comeback, then preserves high draft choice."
3:18: FINAL: LIONS 34, VIKINGS 28
3:17: With nine seconds left, Webb is stripped of the ball at the Lions' 1-yard line. Despite Webb being mugged with a facemask penalty, Detroit recovers. No review. Game. Over.
3:09: A Webb pass bounces off Aromashodu's chest. Ugly. Have to make that play.
3:05: Vikings go for it on 4th and 1. Gerhart surges ahead and converts. First down Vikings.
3:00: Best Tweet of day, from Stribs' Dan Wiederer: "Just as we all predicted. 3:32 left in Detroit. Joe Webb under center w chance to win the game."
2:59: Lions punt on 4th and short. Vikings will have a chance to steal this game, despite their five turnovers. Webb will have 3:32 to go 80 yards.
2:57: Tweet from StarTrib's Michael Rand: "If you're wondering how the Vikings would have looked with Tim Tebow, you are watching it."
2:53: LIONS 34, VIKINGS 28 -- Joe Webb hits Gerhart with a 2-yard TD pass to make it a six-point game. First TD pass for Webb. First TD reception by Gerhart. Unreal.
2:48: Vikings go for it on 4th and 2 on Lions 23 with 9:22 left. Toby G. gets the job done with six-yard run.
2:37: DETROIT 34, VIKINGS 21 -- Lions settle for 26-yard Jason Hanson field goal after drive stalls inside 10.
2:28: Webb run longest TD scamper for a Vikings QB in team history.
2:15: LIONS 31, VIKINGS 21 -- Joe Webb scrambles for 65-TD run.Lions sweating?
2:10: Joe Webb now under center with 8:00 minutes left in 3rd quarter. Ponder's line for the day: 11-21, 115 yds -- 2 TDS, 3 INTS.
2:07: KFAN's Paul Allen says he's never seen a game where a team with so many turnovers still has an outside shot to come back and win.
2:02: With Ponder having miserable day and still nursing a hip-pointer, Joe Webb to start next series for Vikings.
1:58: Second half starts. Ponder intercepted again. Daydreaming about guys whose names end in vowels: Ricky Rubio, Mikko Koivu and Danny Valencia -- in that order.
1:47: Time for halftime song which symbolizes this game, 2011 season:
1:44: KFAN/BMTN's Tiny Joe Nelson not amused when Ponder took knee with :20 left, Twittering: "Laughable. Take a knee. What a freaking joke."
1:36: HALFTIME: LIONS 31, VIKINGS 14 -- Vikings give up season-high 31 points in first half. That's what happens when you turn the ball over four times.
1:34: LIONS 31, VIKINGS 14 -- Jason Hanson 30-yard FG gives Detroit 17-point cushion with 1:05 left in first half.
1:24: Madman Jared Allen gets another sack. That's three on the day, 17.5 on the season, and 100.5 for his career. Chuck Norris eats his heart out. In fact, take all these Chuck Norris one-liners, insert Allen's name and toss out Chuck's.
1:23: Reality club: Lorenzo Booker fumbles. Lions ball, in red zone at Vikings 16. KFAN radio: Vikings playing like 6th-graders.
1:21: Optimist club: Vikes get ball back with 2:30 left in half. If they score a TD, that makes it 28-21, and Purple get ball to start second half. TIE GAME COMING SOON?
1:13: Allen gets another sack, second of the day -- 16.5 on season-- six short of NFL record. Vikes PR guy Jon Ekstrom Tweets: "Allen's 16.5 sacks ranks 4th best in #Vikings history. Vikings all-time leader in sacks: Doleman-21, Millard-18, Page-18, Allen-16.5."
1:10: LIONS 28, VIKINGS 14 -- Ponder hits Percy Harvin with TD pass from six yards out. Lions lead cut to 14.
12:58: LIONS 28, VIKINGS 7 -- Ponder pass picked off at the 30. Alphonso Smith runs it in for a Lions touchdown.
12:52: Twitter from ESPNStats: "The Lions scored 21 points in the 1st quarter, their most 1st-quarter points since December 10, 1990 (21 vs Raiders)."
12:50: Tweet from Star Tribunes' Mark Craig "Doesn't look like Cedric Griffin is going back in anytime soon. Kneeling on sideline after being benched."
12:44: Rookie WR Stephen Burton (knee) is out and his return is questionable.
12:42: LIONS 21, VIKINGS 7 -- Ponder rallies offense with 80-yard drive, ending with 7-yard TD pass to Shiancoe.
12:39: WCCO's Mark Rosen Twitters what we don't want to think about: "Can you imagine what Drew Brees is going to do against this sieve like Vikings defense next week!" Another voice from the Twitterverse says Saints are already 29-point favorites.
12:35: We know for a fact that the Vikings secondary could not make this Rankin-Bass squad:
12:32: LIONS 21, VIKINGS 0 -- Stafford tosses 12-yard TD pass to Brandon Pettigrew as Detroit explodes for three-touchdown lead in first quarter.
12:27: Cliff Avril sacks Ponder. Three and out. Vikes punt, Lions return it to Minnesota's 34-yard line. Yeeeeeesh. This is going to be a long day.
12:19: LIONS 14, VIKINGS 0 -- Stafford hooks up with Titus Young on 57-yard touchdown pass.
12:18: Jared Allen sacks Matt Stafford. 15.5 on year for Allen and counting.
12:14: On next possession, interception Lions. Ponder's 9th of the year. Nothing going right in Detroit. Let's see: two possessions, two takeaways. Lions, 7-5 slugs, looking like Super Bowl combatants.
12:11: Vikings draft hasty letter to Santa, asking for offensive line.
12:09: LIONS 7, VIKINGS 0 -- On first play of afternoon, Ponder stripped of football -- Lions recover in end zone. D'oh!
12:06: After giving up one first down, Viking stop Lions. Ponder and Co. will start the day from their 9-yard-line
12:03: Lions get the ball first -- as the "Showdown in Motown" begins. Logan brings it out to the 28-yard line.
11:30: Game-related drama: Ponder in, Adrian Peterson out, according to the Vikings. So, if Ponder picks apart Detroit's defense today, a dopey sportswriter might pen the headline: 'Christian feeds on Lions' secondary, Vikes win 34-14.'
11:29: Speaking of drama, check out the scene inside the Metrodome, one year ago today:
10:59: Lions coach. Drama king.