Special Teams Key Vikings' Victory in Detroit

By KBJR News 1

Special Teams Key Vikings' Victory in Detroit

September 30, 2012 Updated Sep 30, 2012 at 7:46 PM CDT

Detroit, MI (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Percy Harvin and Marcus Sherels each scored a special teams touchdown on Sunday for Minnesota, helping the Vikings to a 20-13 win over NFC North rival Detroit.

Harvin took back the opening kickoff 105 yards, and Sherels took back a punt in the third quarter for the team's only touchdowns in the winning effort.

Adrian Peterson had 21 carries in the contest for 102 yards, marking his first time past the century mark since October 2011.

Christian Ponder, meanwhile, completed 16-of-26 passes for just 111 yards and no touchdowns. Four of those passes went to Jerome Simpson, who was making his season debut after serving a three-game suspension.

At (3-1) this season, the Vikings have already matched its win total from the entire 2011 season. The divisional win also snapped an 11-game losing streak for the Minnesota franchise.

Next up for Minnesota is Tennessee on October 7, with that game scheduled for 3:25 p.m. at Mall of America Field in Minneapolis, Minn.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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