The Lions raced out to 21-0 and 28-7 leads, but, behind Joe Webb, Minnesota closed to within a possession and fell, 34-28, only after Webb failed to lead a game-winning drive late.
But Webb, inserted for an ineffective Ponder, threw for 84 yards and a touchdown and ran for 109 yards and another score. The Vikings have a surfeit of backup quarterbacks, it seems.
Detroit moved to 8-5 with the win, while Minnesota fell to 2-11 with the loss.
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