The Minnesota Vikings outlasted the Detroit Lions in a thrilling 37-35 win, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021 in Ford Field in Detroit. They deployed a rushing game that produced 125 yards, two rushing touchdowns, to support a Kirk Cousins performance of 405 yards and three touchdowns.
Cousins ended the game with 405 yards passing, to go along with three touchdowns, no interceptions, and completing 28 of 40 passes. This performance led to a 127.60 passer rating for Cousins.
The Vikings deployed a rushing game led by Alexander Mattison and Mike Boone. For the game, Mattison carried the ball 21 times and rushed for 95 yards, leading to one touchdown. Boone supplemented by carrying the ball five times for a total of 29 yards. In the passing game, the Vikings’ top receivers were Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. Thielen caught four passes for a total of 57 yards, while Jefferson contributed with 133 yards from nine passes.
On the defensive side of the football, the Vikings produced one forced fumble, four tackles for loss, one sack and no defensive touchdowns.
Compared to Cousins of the Vikings, Matthew Stafford of the Lions threw for 293 yards with three touchdowns, and one interception, completing 20 of 31 passes, for a 114.00 passer rating.
The rushing game for the Lions was led by D’Andre Swift and Adrian Peterson. For the game, Swift rushed for 54 yards from carrying the football 12 times. Meanwhile Peterson carried the ball 7 times for a total of 63 yards. For the passing game, the top receivers for the Lions included Quintez Cephus and Marvin Jones Jr.. Cephus caught two passes for a total of 51 yards, while Jones Jr. contributed with 180 yards from eight passes.
Although their team lost the game, the Lions defense ended the game with three sacks, and six tackles for loss, to go along with two forced fumbles.
After this game, the Vikings improved to a record of 7-9, while the Lions dropped to a 5-11 record.