NFL: Adrian Peterson on form as Minnesota Vikings beat Detoit Lions

Last Updated: 11/11/12 10:54pm

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Adrian Peterson: Came alive in the final quarter as the Vikings beat the Lions

Adrian Peterson: Came alive in the final quarter as the Vikings beat the Lions

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Adrian Peterson ran for 120 yards and a touchdown in the final quarter as the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Detroit Lions 34-24.

Peterson rushed 61 yards for the decisive touchdown and finished with a total of 171 yards on the ground, while Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns.

Calvin Johnson had 207 yards on 12 catches, including a touchdown that brought the Lions (4-5) a little closer with 1:53 left, but the Vikings held on against their NFC North rivals to move to 6-4.

Matthew Stafford threw touchdown passes to Brandon Pettigrew and Titus Young to cap quick 80-plus-yard drives in the second half, while a third score went to Calvin Johnson.

With star receiver Percy Harvin unable to play because of a sprained left ankle, rookie Jarius Wright made his first career start and hauled in the opening touchdown in the first quarter.

It was not all plain sailing though as the Vikings dropped three passes in the first half. They also wiped out what would have been a first down to Kyle Rudolph at the Lions 26 early in the third quarter with an illegal formation penalty.

They heard boos when a safe third-and-goal throw over the middle to Toby Gerhart gained only half the needed yardage, bringing kicker Blair Walsh out again.

But in the end Peterson was there to clean up any of the gaffes as he posted his third straight game with a 60-yard gain or longer and now has 353 yards in the last two games.

Walsh kicked a total of four field goals, while Jason Hanson kicked one for the Lions to add to Stafford's three touchdowns.

The Lions lost defensive end Cliff Avril in the third quarter to a possible concussion and cornerback Chris Houston left on a cart with what was announced as an ankle injury.

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