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Lions… 20 Vikings… 17 (OT)

September 17, 2007|From the Associated Press

DETROIT -- Jason Hanson's 37-yard field goal in overtime lifted Detroit to a 20-17 victory over Minnesota on Sunday and ended a 10-game losing streak in the series.

The Lions and Vikings combined for nine turnovers in regulation -- and two missed field-goal tries in the final 45 seconds.

The 10th turnover -- Brooks Bollinger's fumbled snap -- gave Detroit the ball at the 50. Jon Kitna, who sat out about two quarters after being shaken up, ran the ball twice to pick up a key first down and Brian Calhoun's 17-yard run set up Hanson's kick.

Detroit (2-0) has won its first two games for the first time in three years. The last time, the Lions finished 6-10 -- their best record since Matt Millen was given control of the franchise in 2001.

Minnesota (1-1) scored 10 points in 49 seconds to tie the score, 17-17, midway through the third quarter on Ryan Longwell's field goal and Ray Edwards' returned fumble.

Quoteworthy: "I'm not trying to pull a Willis Reed out there, but if I can play, I can play." -- Jon Kitna, Lions quarterback.

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