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Vikings Surprise Lions 20-13, Improve To 3-1

Percy Harvin
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It took the Minnesota Vikings 12 seconds to take a lead over the Detroit Lions Sunday afternoon, a lead they would never relinquish as they wrap the first quarter of the NFL season with a 3-1 record, good for first place in the NFC North.

Percy Harvin took the opening kickoff 105 yards for a 7-0 Vikings lead. The first time Minnesota touched the ball in the 2nd half, Marcus Sherels took a punt back 77 yards  to give the Vikings a 20-6 cushion.

It was the first time in Vikings history that they returned a kick off and a punt for touchdowns in the same game. It was also Minnesota’s first divisional win since 2010.

Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson ran for 102 yards on 21 carries, just 8 1/2 months after major knee surgery.

Detroit quarterback Mathew Stafford paced the Lions offense with 319 yards passing and the lone Lions touchdown on a one yard run.

The Vikings will host the 1-3 Tennessee Titans at Mall of America Field in Minneapolis at 3:25 Sunday afternoon. The Lions will take their 1-3 record to Philadelphia to face the Eagles.

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