On the Lions' first play, one of Minnesota's defensive linemen jumped offside, essentially giving the Lions a free play. Matthew Stafford loaded up and fired one deep towards wide receiver Calvin Johnson, and Jamarca Sanford committed pretty blatant pass interference on the play. The 56-yard penalty gave Detroit the ball on the Minnesota 24-yard line.
The Lions couldn't get much done from there, though, and wound up having to settle for a 40-yard field goal from the venerable Jason Hanson to cut the Vikings' lead to 7-3.
Fast and furious start today at Ford Field, as we're less than two minutes into the game and there are already ten points on the board. We'll see what the rest of the game brings.
13:06 remaining in the first quarter at Ford Field, and the Minnesota Vikings lead the Detroit Lions 7-3.