Lions Outlast Vikings

Lions QB Matthew Stafford directs the offense against the Minnesota Vikings on 8 September 2013 at Ford Field in Detroit. Photo by G.Smith/Detroit Lions.

(DETROIT, MI) – Quarterback Matthew Stafford was 28-of-43 for 357 yards and threw for two touchdowns in the Lions’ 34-24 opening day win over the Minnesota Vikings. Stafford’s 357 yards was the second-highest tally by a Lions quarterback on opening day in team history and he has three of the top five highest games of passing yards on opening day in team history.

Stafford also surpassed the 13,000-yard mark for career passing yards and became the second player in team history to reach that milestone.

Running back Reggie Bush made his Lions debut in style as he collected 90 yards rushing and 101 yards receiving. He became just the third player in Lions history with 90+ rushing yards and 100+ receiving yards. In total, he had 191 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown.

He also passed 7,000 career yards from scrimmage during yesterday’s game.

“(Bush) had a great game. I’m happy for him,” said Stafford. “The guy’s a super talented player, like we all know. He did a great job running the ball. Caught some balls out of the back field. Obviously, made the big run.”

Bush, meanwhile, downplayed his role on the team. “We talked about just getting me in space in situations where I’m mismatched on a line-backer, safety, cornerback, or somebody man covers and while they’re worried about Calvin (Johnson) and some of the other guys, just taking advantage of it. I think we were able to do that today. I think you saw a little bit of what’s to come in the future.”

Vikings’ quarterback Christian Ponder said the Lions had a straight-up defence with no surprises. However, Minnesota made costly turnovers which played proved the main difference between the two teams.

“It’s a divisional game on the road, it’s tough to win,” Ponder said. “We came over, had four turnovers, I mean, yeah they had some turnovers, but they overcame adversity better than we did. Good thing for us, it counts as one game, we have to move on.”

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