DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Two defensive touchdowns helped the Detroit Lions beat the Minnesota Vikings 34-28 on Sunday in Detroit.
Detroit was up at the half 31-14 and slowly let the Vikings back into the game as Minnesota (2-11) rallied in fourth quarter to make the Lions (8-5) struggle to hold on to the win.
Backup quarterback Joe Webb fumbled deep in Lions’ territory in the final seconds to help Detroit escape with the win.
DeAndre Levy appeared to get away with grabbing Webb’s face mask before the fumble.
Matthew Stafford threw for two scores in the first quarter to give Detroit one of its three-touchdown leads.
The Lions won a game – barely – in the nick of time: They needed to improve playoff positioning after losing five of seven.
Webb led the Vikings (2-11) to touchdowns on his first two drives after rookie Christian Ponder was benched and was a yard away from another TD.
On first-and-goal from the 1 with 9 seconds left, a replay appeared to show Levy grabbing Webb’s face mask, but a flag wasn’t thrown. The ball popped free and was batted back toward midfield by Detroit’s Stephen Tulloch.
Webb ran it down and tried to pick it up, but the ball came loose again and Cliff Avril finally fell on it to end the game.
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