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Vikings...12 Lions...10

October 13, 2008|From the Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- A questionable pass interference penalty on cornerback Leigh Bodden put Minnesota's woeful offense in position for a 26-yard field goal by Ryan Longwell with nine seconds to go that lifted the Vikings to a 12-10 victory, keeping the Lions winless.

Detroit (0-5) seemed to outplay the Vikings for the entire game in a spirited effort, but the Vikings (3-3) got a boost from a call by field judge Mike Weir.

Trailing 10-9, the Vikings had a second-and-20 from their 32. Gus Frerotte threw deep down the sideline for Aundrae Allison, and the ball fell incomplete. But Weir whistled Bodden for pass interference despite what appeared to be minimal contact.

Bodden was livid about the call, but the 42-yard penalty gave the Vikings the ball at the Detroit 26-yard line.

Longwell converted the kick five plays later to avoid what would have been a damaging loss for a team that has designs on making the playoffs.

Quoteworthy: "I understand the fans are frustrated, but we're getting wins." -- Ben Leber, Vikings linebacker

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