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November 12, 2012

Peterson, Vikings run past Lions

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MINNEAPOLIS —

With Harvin unable to play because of a sprained left ankle, Wright made his first career catch count, flying past strong safety Erik Coleman on a post route for 54 yards. After being brought down at the goal line and scooped up in a bear hug by fellow wide receiver Jerome Simpson, the fourth-round draft pick from Arkansas caught a 3-yard pass in the corner three plays later for the 7-0 lead.

The defense didn’t force a turnover in either of the previous two games and allowed four straight 100-yard rushers, so progress was made there, too. Chad Greenway’s interception set up Walsh’s first field goal. Mikel Leshoure’s Lions-leading total was 43 yards rushing.

“We knew it was out there. We just had to go figure out how to do it again,” Greenway said.

NOTES: The Lions haven’t won two games in a row at Minnesota since 1990-91. ... The Stafford-Johnson connection was their first this season for a touchdown. Johnson’s only other score came from backup Shaun Hill in a Sept. 23 loss to Tennessee. ... Mistral Raymond (right ankle) returned from a six-game absence and rotated with Jamarca Sanford at FS for the Vikings. ... Ponder completed passes to nine different receivers plus one to himself that lost 15 yards, when Avril knocked the ball right back into his chest and took him down. ... Lions CB Chris Houston said he’ll “be OK” after leaving the game in the fourth quarter on a cart. He hurt his ankle and said a Vikings lineman intentionally landed with both knees on his lower leg. The Lions also lost DE Cliff Avril in the third quarter to a concussion.

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