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Lions At Vikings: Minnesota Turns Pick Into Points

The Minnesota Vikings have gotten off to a fairly nice start against the Detroit Lions, as they've extended their lead to ten points in the early going.

After the Jarius Wright touchdown, the Vikings pushed the Lions into a third-and-long situation, and Matthew Stafford threw a pass intended for Brandon Pettigrew that was intercepted by Chad Greenway. Greenway stumbled forward to the Detroit 25-yard line, and the Vikings were in business. The interception for Greenway was his first since January 3, 2010.

On first down, however, Christian Ponder dropped back to pass, and had his throw deflected by Cliff Avril. . .right back into Ponder's hands. Ponder caught the ball, and was tackled by Avril for what turned out to be a 15-yard loss. The Vikings recovered enough to get the ball to the 31-yard line, and that was good enough for Blair Walsh to come in and blast a 48-yard field goal that stayed just inside the left upright.

We're approaching the five-minute mark of the first quarter at the Metrodome, and the Minnesota Vikings now lead the Detroit Lions by a score of 10-0.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.