PHILADELPHIA PA - DECEMBER 26: Joe Webb #14 of the Minnesota Vikings throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 26 2010 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Vikings Drop Season Finale In Detroit, 20-13

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Vikings Fall To Lions In Season Finale, 20-13

(Sports Network) – Shaun Hill threw for 258 yards and a score as the Detroit Lions took a 20-13 win over the Minnesota Vikings in what may have been the last game of Brett Favre’s career.

However, Favre went out with a whimper instead of a bang as the legendary quarterback sat out the season finale.

Favre suffered a concussion two weeks ago against Chicago and missed last Tuesday’s snow-delayed game against Philadelphia. While he reportedly passed a concussion test this weekend, the Vikings still listed him as inactive for the final game of the season.

The 41-year-old future Hall of Famer has indicated that this season will be his last, although he’s already come back from a pair of brief retirements.

Hill went 28-for-39 with an interception while Nate Burleson finished the game with six catches for 83 yards and a score for the Lions (6-10), who ended the season with their first four-game winning streak since the 1999 season.

Joe Webb made his second straight start in place of Favre and went 19-for-31 with 133 yards and an interception for the Vikings (6-10), who dropped three of their final four games of the season.

The two teams finished tied for the bottom spot in the NFC North.

In other Minnesota news, the club is expected to name interim head coach Leslie Frazier as the permanent head coach either Monday or Tuesday, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

He took over the coaching duties on November 22 after Brad Childress was fired and guided the team to a 3-3 mark to close out the season.


Detroit Lions 20, Minnesota Vikings 10 - Detroit Recaptures Momentum

The Vikings had gotten the momentum on their side after cutting the Detroit lead to 3, but the Lions ave apparently realized that the Vikings are employing Frank Walker at cornerback.

Walker got absolutely abused by the Lions on two plays on the drive. . .Detroit started off with a 33-yard pass to Nate Burleson right over Walker’s head, and later in the drive hit a 23-yarder to Bryant Johnson over Walker as well. The latter play looked like it could have been overturned, as Leslie Frazier challenged that Johnson’s knee came down out of bounds before his elbow touched down in bounds, but the referees did not overturn the call. Maurice Morris walked in from five yards out for a touchdown on the next play.

With less than 10 minutes left in the Minnesota Vikings’ season, they trail the Detroit Lions 20-10.


Detroit Lions 13, Minnesota Vikings 10 - Minnesota Inches Closer

The Vikings put together another nice drive after forcing the Lions into a three-and-out after the Allen interception return, but they stalled in the red zone and had to settle for three.

The Vikings moved the ball 52 yards in 12 plays, taking 7:17 off of the clock, and Ryan Longwell knocked through a field goal from 27 yards out to cut the Lions’ lead to three.

With twelve minutes left in the Minnesota Vikings’ season, they trail the Detroit Lions by a score of 13-10.


Detroit Lions 13, Minnesota Vikings 7 - They Went To Jared!

The Minnesota Vikings needed a spark, and they got one from their defense.

On 2nd and 9 from the Detroit 36-yard line, Jared Allen actually dropped back into coverage rather than rushing Shaun Hill. Hill dropped back to pass, threw in the direction of tight end Brandon Pettigrew. . .and, instead, hit Allen right between the 6 and the 9 on his jersey. Allen grabbed the pass, took off for the left sideline, and took the ball 36 yards for a touchdown for Minnesota.

If the Vikings are going to get back into this thing, that’s exactly the sort of play they need to make, and continue to make.

With six minutes left to go in the third quarter, the Vikings have cut into Detroit’s lead, 13-7.


Detroit Lions 13, Minnesota Vikings 0 - Detroit Tacks On Another Field Goal

The Lions have added another field goal after coming out of the locker room at halftime, as the Vikings’ defense has shown a few signs of life, but not very many.

The Lions moved the ball 47 yards in 11 plays, taking 5:02 off of the clock to do so. The official measurement on Dave Rayner’s second field goal of the day was 37 yards for the Lions.

With just under ten minutes left in the third quarter, the Vikings trail the Lions by a score of 13-0.


Detroit Lions 10, Minnesota Vikings 0 - Lions March 94 Yards For A Touchdown

The defensive effort for the Vikings on this last series can generously be described as “craptastic.”

After Chris Kluwe hit another beautiful punt to pin the Lions down at their own 6-yard line, Shaun Hill. . .yes, Shaun Hill. . .led Detroit on a beautiful drive down the field, converting third down after third down with the Vikings unable. . .or unwilling. . .to really do very much about it. The drive concluded with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Hill to former Viking Nate Burleson.

The Detroit drive went 94 yards in 15 plays, taking four minutes and 39 seconds off of the clock.

As we head to the locker room at halftime, the Minnesota Vikings trail the Detroit Lions by a score of 10-0.


Detroit Lions 3, Minnesota Vikings 0 - Joe Webb Isn't Perfect After All

The Vikings were driving towards a score, but Joe Webb made a rookie mistake that cost the Vikings and, now, sees them trailing.

Webb was looking for Greg Lewis on the right-hand side of the field on a third down play, but the pass was intercepted by Detroit’s Amari Spievey, who brought the ball to the Detroit 31.

The Lions’ offense stalled a bit thanks to a big sack by Ray Edwards and Jared Allen, but Detroit brought on Dave Rayner rather than punting, and Rayner blasted a 55-yard field goal to give Detroit the lead.

The Lions’ scoring drive moved 32 yards in 8 plays, taking 4:18 off of the clock.

With just a shade under seven minutes left in the first half, the Vikings trail the Lions, 3-0. Lorenzo Booker has just gotten a very nice kickoff return to about midfield to help the Vikings’ cause on the ensuing kickoff.


Minnesota Vikings 0, Detroit Lions 0 - Scoreless First Quarter In The Books

The first quarter of the season finale at Ford Field has gone by without any points being put on the board, but only because the Vikings dodged a Honolulu Blue and Silver bullet near the goal line.

After the Vikings’ first possession, the Lions took the ball 75 yards from the goal line. They managed to gain 74 of those yards, but Lions’ tight end Tony Scheffler got the ball knocked loose by Ben Leber as he stretched for the end zone, and the ball went through the end zone for a touchback for Minnesota.

The Vikings threatened on their second possession, but had to punt when the drive stalled, and the Lions have the ball deep in their own territory as the first quarter comes to an end.

Three quarters of Vikings football left in the 2010 season, and Minnesota and Detroit are scoreless.


Vikings At Lions: Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em

There probably aren't a lot of people out there that are still contesting fantasy football leagues, as many leagues ignore Week 17 due to the unpredictable nature of players sitting out and resting before the post-season.

For the Vikings, Adrian Peterson is obviously a must-start, as he is every week. Percy Harvin is a good bet for this game as well, as he seems to have some real chemistry with Joe Webb (7 catches, 100 yards on Tuesday against Philadelphia). If you have the Minnesota defense, you might want to give them a start as well. And if you're in one of those weird leagues that grants Webb eligibility as a wide receiver, he might be a good play to get some sneaky points that you typically can't get.

On the Detroit side, the only real starting recommendation I could make is Calvin Johnson. The Vikings have never matched up well against Megatron, and with the Detroit running game likely getting shut down by the Vikings defense, the Lions are going to have to air it out in this one.

Other than Johnson, I don't think there are too many recommendations I can make for Detroit.

And there is your fantasy football focus for the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions.


Vikings And Lions Inactive Lists - Brett Favre OUT

Brett Favre’s career as a Minnesota Viking. . .or as a member in any other team, in all likelihood. . .may have officially come to an end, as the Vikings have placed the 20-year veteran on the inactive list for today’s game against the Detroit Lions.

The full inactive lists for both teams look like this.


CB Asher Allen
QB Brett Favre
LB Erin Henderson
DL Jimmy Kennedy
WR Juaquin Iglesias
QB Rhett Bomar (#3 QB)
WR Sidney Rice
OT Thomas Welch


RB Aaron Brown
CB Chris Houston
LB Julian Peterson
SS Randy Phillips
QB Zac Robinson (#3 QB)
OG Donald Thomas
DL Barry Turner
OT Tony Ugoh

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