Lions beat Vikings 16-13, have sole possession of 1st place

By LARRY LAGE

AP Sports Writer

DETROIT — Matt Prater kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired after Darius Slay returned an interception 13 yards with 30 seconds left, lifting the Detroit Lions to a 16-13 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday and into sole possession of first place in the NFC North.

“I felt pretty confident we were going to close the game out at the end,” Prater said.

Detroit has been doing that a lot this season.

The Lions (7-4) have won six of seven, including two against Minnesota this month, despite trailing in the fourth quarter of every game this season.

They extended their NFL record of having their first 11 games decided by seven or fewer points.

“They come from behind every week, so when we took the lead in the fourth quarter, we knew the game wasn’t over,” Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph said. “We had to keep playing, but we didn’t make enough plays.”

The Vikings (6-5) have lost five of six, plummeting out of first place after surging to the top of the division by winning their first five games.

They could have played for overtime on their last drive, but coach Mike Zimmer