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Detroit drove to the Vikings 7 on the ensuing drive and the possession ended when unblocked defensive end Everson Griffen sacked Stafford.

The Lions got right back down in scoring territory and didn’t waste the opportunity with Stafford scoring on a 1-yard lunge, snapping the ball and extending it over the pile on a play that stood after video review with 2:56 left in the game.

Ponder connected with Simpson on a 27-yard pass on Minnesota’s last drive and went to him again, but Bentley made a play to allow Detroit to get the ball back.

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe pinned Detroit on its 2 with 1:42 left and no timeouts and the drive was extended when Stafford’s fumble was overturned by review — because he was down before losing the football — with 9 seconds left.

Stafford took the last snap from the Lions 44 and was sacked in a fitting end to a game dominated by Minnesota’s defense and special teams.

Minnesota took a quick 7-0 lead on Harvin’s kickoff return for a TD, starting toward the back left of the end zone, cutting across the field and sprinting up the sideline.

Pass interference penalties — two on Detroit rookie Bill Bentley trying to cover Simpson — set up the next three scores, all of which were field goals, and the Vikings led 13-3 midway through the second quarter.

Calvin Johnson had a shot to score late in the first half, but rookie safety Harrison Smith put a hit on him in the end zone that jarred the ball loose before Pettigrew dropped a potential TD to force Detroit to kick a field goal and settle for a 13-6 halftime deficit.