When Kai Forbath kicked a field goal with 12:41 left in the fourth quarter, giving the Minnesota Vikings a three-point lead, it kept alive an unusual streak for their opponent: The Detroit Lions have trailed in the fourth quarter of every game this season.
But two field goals in the final two minutes by the Lions’ Matt Prater resulted in a 16-13 win for Detroit.
Since 2008, eight NFL teams have trailed in the fourth quarter in each of their first 11 games of a season. The other seven teams were 4-73 (.052) through 11 games. The Lions are 7-4 (.636).
Although the winning score was set up by an interception, Lions QB Matthew Stafford will get credit for a comeback win after trailing in the fourth quarter. He has 24 such victories, the most in the NFL since he made his debut in 2009.
The Lions' chance of winning the NFC North improved to 50 percent. It would have fallen to about 8 percent had they lost.
Prater continues to make his mark
Prater’s two fourth-quarter field goals improved his career line to 25-of-25 on game-tying or go-ahead field goal attempts in the fourth quarter or overtime. Since the start of the 2001 season, he has the most successful field goal tries without a miss in such situations of any NFL player.
Prater now has 11 field goals in the fourth quarter or overtime this season, second-most in the NFL. Nine of those have come while the game has been within one score -- the most in the NFL.
He has made 11 field goals when the Lions have trailed this season, second-most in the NFL.
Both of his fourth-quarter kicks Thursday were from 40 or more yards, giving him nine of that length this season, tied for the second-most in the NFL.
Bradford was generally on target
Vikings QB Sam Bradford completed 31-of-37 (83.8 percent), the highest by a Vikings player (minimum 30 passes) since Fran Tarkenton had an 83.9 percent completion rate on Nov. 14, 1976. Bradford had the highest completion percentage by a Vikings player in a single game in team history (86.1 percent) before he was intercepted on his last pass.
Bradford’s interception came with 38 seconds to go with the score tied from the Vikings’ 28-yard line. Since the start of the 2006 season, only two other quarterbacks have thrown an interception from inside their own 30 in a tie game with less than a minute to play: Eli Manning at the Titans in 2006 and Ben Roethlisberger against the Bengals in 2012. All three quarterbacks lost by three points.
Did you know?
The Lions are the only team in NFL history to have each of their first 11 games decided by seven points or fewer.