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Rapid Reaction: Vikings 20, Lions 16

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

DETROIT -- This game was blacked out on local television, so I guess it's appropriate that I come to you via Blackberry thanks to a wireless outage at Ford Field.

Boys and girls, the Vikings squeezed by the winless Detroit Lions in nerve-wracking fashion here. The Lions appeared to be moving in for the go-ahead score with less than six minutes remaining, but a reversed third-down catch by Calvin Johnson forced the Lions to settle for a field goal and a one-point deficit.

The Vikings, playing with backup Tarvaris Jackson after a back injury to Gus Frerotte, sealed the game on Ryan Longwell's 50-yard field goal.

It was hardly an aesthetic victory for the Vikings, who now have to worry about both the "Williams Wall" and Frerotte's health. But the win allowed them to hold on to first place in the NFC North with three games to play.