Special teams cost Detroit as they lost 20-13 to the Minnesota Vikings

Last Updated: 01/10/12 10:32am

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Percy Harvin: Returned the opening kick-off for a 105-yard touchdown

Percy Harvin: Returned the opening kick-off for a 105-yard touchdown

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The Minnesota Vikings improved to 3-1 for the season with a 20-13 win over the slumping Detroit Lions, who have now lost three straight.

Christian Ponder threw for 111 yards for the Vikings while running-back Adrian Peterson managed 102 yards on the ground.

The visitors made the best possible start with Percy Harvin returning the opening kick-off 105 yards for a touchdown.

Two field goals apiece from Jason Hanson and Blair Walsh ensured Minnesota led 13-6 at half time.

Specials teams hurt the Lions again in the third quarter when Marcus Sherels returned Walsh's punt 77-yards for a touchdown.

The Lions had the final say when quarterback Matthew Stafford crossed from one-yard out, but the home side were unable to force extra time.

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