Stafford Rallies Lions to 26-23 OT Win at Vikings

September 25, 2011 - 3:35 PM
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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, right, sits on the turf in front of Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, left, after getting sacked during the second half an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes to rally the Lions from a 20-0 halftime deficit, and Jason Hanson kicked a 32-yard field goal in overtime that lifted Detroit to a 26-23 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Calvin Johnson had seven catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns for the Lions, who are 3-0 for the first time since 1980. They won in the Metrodome for the first time since 1997, snapping a 13-game skid.

Adrian Peterson rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings (0-3), who gave away a big halftime lead for the third week in a row. Peterson managed just 5 yards rushing in the second half.

Stafford finished with 378 yards passing, and his 40-yard completion to Johnson in overtime set up Hanson's winning kick.