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Detroit tops Minnesota to move into tie atop NFC North

Golden Tate #15 of the Detroit Lions celebrates

Golden Tate #15 of the Detroit Lions celebrates a second quarter touchdown while playing the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on Dec. 14, 2014, in Detroit. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Gregory Shamus

DETROIT -- Matt Prater's 33-yard field goal with 3:38 remaining lifted Detroit to a 16-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, pulling the Lions into a tie for first place in the NFC North.

The Lions (10-4) are now even atop the division with Green Bay, which lost to Buffalo earlier in the day, but Detroit didn't have an easy time, spotting the Vikings (6-8) a 14-0 lead before a pair of second-quarter interceptions helped the Lions start their rally.

Even at the end, Detroit had to sweat out a 68-yard field goal attempt by Minnesota's Blair Walsh on the game's final play. The kick was short.


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