The Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings both entered Week 11 in much need of a win to keep their hopes for a playoff push strong. There wasn't much between either team at the start of the day as each team entered Week 11 with records of 6-4. However, it was Detroit that had been in stronger form of late. Furthermore, the Lions were the ones who hosted the game and they had a strong home record heading into the contest.

Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings played close

For a time it looked like the Detroit Lions were going to get cooled off playing in front of their home fans.They trailed in the fourth quarter after the Minnesota Vikings scored a field goal in the early going of the frame.

However, Minnesota will regret not getting a touchdown on that drive as they did push deep enough to get into position for one. A 15-yard penalty took their momentum away and the field goal was settled for to go ahead 13-10. Had they scored a touchdown then a response from Detroit would have been a lot more difficult.

But the play of the game, besides the winning field goal, came in the final minute. Minnesota, with the score tied at 13, was attempting to march into position to try their own game-winning field goal. However, Darius Clay intercepted Sam Bradford and returned the ball to the Minnesota 20-yard line. That allowed Matt Prater to kick his third field goal of the game to win it for Detroit as time expired.

Detroit Lions victory on Thanksgiving

The Detroit Lions (7-4-0) are now the outright leaders in the NFC North division. The loss keeps the Minnesota Vikings (6-5-0) in second place as they are now just 1-5 in their last six games. Furthermore, the victory awarded Detroit the season series between the two clubs as they previously defeated Minnesota.

The way things are looking for the Vikings, they are going to be in tough just to get a Wild Card now. Meanwhile Detroit have to love their chances of getting into the playoffs with a divisional title. They do not appear to be heading toward a bye through Wild Card weekend, however they can certainly hope to host a game when the NFL playoffs start in January.

At time of writing, the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys still had to play their game as part of NFL Turkey Day. Furthermore, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts were to play in the evening's night game as part of the NFL's Thanksgiving schedule.

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