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Keenum-led Vikings beat Lions 30-23, adding to division lead

DETROIT (AP) Case Keenum stood in the pocket to take a hit, dipped his right shoulder to slip out of a sack and shuffled his feet in the pocket to give his receivers more time to get open.

Looking like a savvy winner, instead of a journeyman, he picked apart Detroit's defense with his arm and made plays with his legs to help the Minnesota Vikings beat the Lions 30-23 Thursday.

Keenum threw for two touchdowns and ran for a score in the first half to give the Vikings a double-digit lead and they went on to win a seventh straight game.

They took a huge step toward winning the NFC North by taking a three-game lead over the second-place Lions.

Keenum, undrafted out of Houston in 2012, is suddenly 7-2 this season after going 9-15 with the Houston Texas and the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams.

''I want to be great and I have confidence in myself that I can be great,'' he said.

The Vikings signed him to be a backup and he has made the most of his opportunities with Sam Bradford injured and Teddy Bridgewater recovering from a knee injury.

Keenum was 21 of 30 for 282 yards with both TD passes going to Kyle Rudolph, giving the Vikings a 20-3 lead late in the second quarter.

''Case is amazing because he does so many small things to pick up first downs and keep drives alive,'' Rudolph said.

''Every time he finds a way to convert another third down, it means we've got three more plays to attack the defense. With the number of big-play guys we've got now, we can do a lot of damage with those three plays.''

Detroit (6-5) made mistakes in every phase of the game and Minnesota took advantage. Keenum's 1-yard pass to Rudolph was made a little easier because the Lions had just 10 defenders on the field.

And, Keenum's 9-yard run came after Matthew Stafford was charged with a fumble while trying to hand off to Ameer Abdullah.

Instead of winning to pull within a game of Minnesota and having a potential tiebreaker, the Lions' loss hurts their chances of making a second straight postseason appearance.

''Don't count us out just yet,'' Detroit coach Jim Caldwell said. ''We've got a lot of football yet to play.''

FALLING SHORT

The Lions rallied to pull within four points early in the fourth quarter on Stafford's second TD pass to Marvin Jones, who leaped to beat two defensive backs for the 43-yard score as his quarterback was on the turf with an injured right ankle.

Xavier Rhodes sidetracked Detroit's comeback hopes with an interception at the Detroit 37 late in the game.

Detroit's Darius Slay blocked a field goal with 1:15 left and teammate Nevin Lawson recovered the ball and returned it 77 yards for an apparent TD, but it was negated by Slay being offside and that quieted a roaring crowd.

BY THE NUMBERS

Latavius Murray had 84 yards rushing and a 2-yard score, giving the Vikings a 27-10 lead early in the third quarter.

Minnesota's Adam Thielen had eight receptions for 89 yards and deflected credit to his quarterback.

''Case Keenum is one tough human being,'' he said. ''When he's hanging in there - giving you time to get open - you feel like you're letting him down if you can't do it. He's willing to get crushed to make a play, and that makes us want to come though on our end.''

Everson Griffen had two sacks, tying his career high with 12 on the season, for the Vikings.

Stafford struggled even before he was hurt late in the game, missing open receivers, and finished 20 of 35 for 250 yards with two TDs and an interception on fourth down with just under three minutes left. Jones had six catches for 109 yards and two TDs. The Lions were held to a total of 53 yards rushing.

INJURIES

Vikings: CB Trae Waynes left the game with an injured right shoulder, but was able to return. RT Mike Remmers was inactive with a concussion and Rashod Hill replaced him.

Lions: Stafford, with a lot of tape covering his right cleat, stayed in the game after hurting his right ankle on his second touchdown when DT Tom Johnson fell on him. S Tavon Wilson (shoulder) and C Travis Swanson (knee) left the game in the third quarter with injuries.

UP NEXT

Vikings: Play Dec. 3 at Atlanta.

Lions: Travel Dec. 3 to Baltimore.

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Key Players
C. Keenum 7 QB
282 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, 20 RuYds, RuTD
31
FPTS
M. Jones 11 WR
109 ReYds, 2 ReTDs, 6 RECs
22
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:42
K.Forbath 36 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.McDermott, Holder-R.Quigley.
9
plays
45
yds
2:39
pos
30
23
Point After TD 14:16
M.Prater extra point is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin.
plays
yds
pos
27
23
Touchdown 14:16
M.Stafford pass deep right to M.Jones for 43 yards, TOUCHDOWN [T.Johnson]. DET-M.Stafford was injured during the play. DET-A.Abdullah was injured during the play. Penalty on MIN, Defensive 12 On-field, declined.
3
plays
39
yds
0:33
pos
27
22
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:03
M.Prater 50 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin.
8
plays
40
yds
4:01
pos
27
16
Field Goal 7:08
M.Prater 32 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin.
12
plays
61
yds
5:44
pos
27
13
Point After TD 12:52
K.Forbath extra point is GOOD, Center-K.McDermott, Holder-R.Quigley.
plays
yds
pos
27
10
Touchdown 12:52
L.Murray up the middle for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
4
plays
75
yds
2:08
pos
26
10
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:10
M.Prater extra point is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin.
plays
yds
pos
20
10
Touchdown 0:10
M.Stafford pass short left to M.Jones for 6 yards, TOUCHDOWN. The Replay Official reviewed the runner broke the plane ruling, and the play was Upheld. The ruling on the field stands.
3
plays
75
yds
0:27
pos
20
9
Point After TD 0:37
K.Forbath extra point is GOOD, Center-K.McDermott, Holder-R.Quigley.
plays
yds
pos
20
3
Touchdown 0:37
C.Keenum pass deep right to K.Rudolph for 22 yards, TOUCHDOWN [M.Killebrew].
5
plays
74
yds
1:21
pos
19
3
Field Goal 10:15
M.Prater 32 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin.
12
plays
69
yds
5:33
pos
13
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:55
K.Forbath extra point is GOOD, Center-K.McDermott, Holder-R.Quigley.
plays
yds
pos
13
0
Touchdown 3:55
C.Keenum left end for 9 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
3
plays
39
yds
0:56
pos
12
0
Missed Point After Touchdown 5:29
K.Forbath extra point is Blocked (A.Robinson), Center-K.McDermott, Holder-R.Quigley.
plays
yds
pos
6
0
Touchdown 5:29
C.Keenum pass short left to K.Rudolph for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
14
plays
80
yds
6:59
pos
6
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 34:57 25:03
1st Downs 28 17
Rushing 11 1
Passing 14 12
Penalty 3 4
3rd Down Conv 6-13 3-11
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-1
Total Net Yards 408 289
Total Plays 73 53
Avg Gain 5.6 5.5
Net Yards Rushing 136 53
Rush Attempts 41 15
Avg Rush Yards 3.3 3.5
Net Yards Passing 272 236
Comp. - Att. 21-30 20-35
Yards Per Pass 9.1 6.7
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-10 3-14
Penalties - Yards 9-74 8-54
Touchdowns 4 2
Rushing TDs 2 0
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 2-1
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 4-42.8 4-45.0
Return Yards 81 65
Punts - Returns 2-14 2-30
Kickoffs - Returns 2-46 1-35
Int. - Returns 1-21 0-0
Kicking 4/6 5/5
Extra Points 3/4 2/2
Field Goals 1/2 3/3
Red Zone Eff. 3-5 -60% 1-3 -33%
Goal to Go Eff. 3-4 -75% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Vikings 9-2 1377330
Lions 6-5 0106723
272 PASS YDS 236
136 RUSH YDS 53
408 TOTAL YDS 289
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
C. Keenum 7 QB
31
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70% 282 2 0 121.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.1% 2476 14 5 96.2
C. Keenum 21/30 282 2 0 31
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Murray 25 RB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 84 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
130 496 5
L. Murray 20 84 1 46 14
J. McKinnon 21 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 23 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
106 390 3
J. McKinnon 13 23 0 16 5
C. Keenum 7 QB
31
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 20 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 103 1
C. Keenum 7 20 1 9 31
S. Diggs 14 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 6 0
S. Diggs 1 9 0 9 6
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Thielen 19 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 8 89 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 70 1005 3
A. Thielen 11 8 89 0 16 8
S. Diggs 14 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 66 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 40 598 5
S. Diggs 7 5 66 0 37 6
K. Rudolph 82 TE
18
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 63 2
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 46 429 5
K. Rudolph 4 4 63 2 34 18
J. McKinnon 21 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 31 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 36 261 1
J. McKinnon 3 1 31 0 31 5
J. Wright 17 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 25 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 148 2
J. Wright 3 2 25 0 14 2
M. Floyd 18 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 55 0
M. Floyd 1 1 8 0 8 0
L. Murray 25 RB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 39 0
L. Murray 1 0 0 0 0 14
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
A. Sendejo 34 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-16 1 0.0
A. Sendejo 6-1 0.0 0 0
X. Rhodes 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-7 2 0.0
X. Rhodes 5-0 0.0 1 0
T. Waynes 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
45-6 2 0.0
T. Waynes 5-0 0.0 0 0
E. Griffen 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-9 0 12.0
E. Griffen 4-0 2.0 0 1
A. Barr 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-14 0 1.0
A. Barr 4-1 0.0 0 0
H. Smith 22 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
46-11 3 1.0
H. Smith 4-0 0.0 0 0
L. Joseph 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-15 0 2.0
L. Joseph 2-1 0.0 0 0
B. Gedeon 42 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-9 0 0.0
B. Gedeon 2-1 0.0 0 0
T. Johnson 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Johnson 1-0 0.0 0 0
E. Kendricks 54 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
47-30 0 1.0
E. Kendricks 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Hunter 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-13 0 6.0
D. Hunter 1-0 1.0 0 0
T. Brock 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
T. Brock 0-1 0.0 0 0
C. Ham 30 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
C. Ham 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
K. Forbath 2 K
6
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 3/4
SEASON FG XP
24/28 23/28
K. Forbath 1/2 36 3/4 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Quigley 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 42.8 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
43 41.5 17
R. Quigley 4 42.8 2 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Sherels 35 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 23.0 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 24.5 32 0
M. Sherels 2 23.0 24 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Sherels 35 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 7.0 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
20 10.3 46 0
M. Sherels 2 7.0 10 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Stafford 9 QB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 250 2 1 86.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.5% 3010 21 6 97.3
M. Stafford 20/35 250 2 1 18
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Riddick 25 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 20 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
45 161 0
T. Riddick 5 20 0 8 3
A. Abdullah 21 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
150 505 3
A. Abdullah 6 14 0 5 3
G. Tate 15 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 22 0
G. Tate 2 13 0 10 1
Z. Zenner 34 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 22 1
Z. Zenner 1 6 0 6 0
M. Stafford 9 QB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 88 0
M. Stafford 1 0 0 0 18
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Jones 11 WR
22
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 6 109 2
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 44 731 8
M. Jones 9 6 109 2 43 22
K. Golladay 19 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 61 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 279 2
K. Golladay 4 2 61 0 41 6
E. Ebron 85 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 34 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 28 317 2
E. Ebron 4 4 34 0 14 3
A. Abdullah 21 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 29 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 133 1
A. Abdullah 5 3 29 0 18 3
T. Riddick 25 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 10 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 34 292 2
T. Riddick 2 1 10 0 10 3
G. Tate 15 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 4 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 63 698 3
G. Tate 8 4 7 0 3 1
D. Fells 87 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 132 3
D. Fells 3 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Whitehead 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
59-15 1 1.0
T. Whitehead 10-3 0.0 0 0
J. Davis 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-15 0 1.0
J. Davis 6-1 0.0 0 0
D. Hayden 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-7 0 0.0
D. Hayden 6-0 0.0 0 0
A. Robinson 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-12 1 0.0
A. Robinson 5-1 0.0 0 0
P. Worrilow 58 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-4 0 0.0
P. Worrilow 5-1 0.0 0 0
D. Slay 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-3 4 0.0
D. Slay 3-0 0.0 0 0
M. Killebrew 35 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-4 1 0.0
M. Killebrew 3-0 0.0 0 0
E. Ansah 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-2 0 5.0
E. Ansah 2-0 1.0 0 0
G. Quin 27 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-14 3 0.0
G. Quin 2-0 0.0 0 0
N. Bellore 43 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
N. Bellore 2-0 0.0 0 0
N. Lawson 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-4 0 0.0
N. Lawson 2-2 0.0 0 0
Q. Diggs 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-7 0 0.0
Q. Diggs 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Wilson 32 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
42-13 1 2.0
T. Wilson 2-1 0.0 0 0
E. Ebron 85 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
E. Ebron 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Longa 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
S. Longa 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Abdullah 21 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Abdullah 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Spence 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-13 0 1.5
A. Spence 1-3 0.5 0 0
Co. Washington 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-5 0 2.0
Co. Washington 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Tabor 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
T. Tabor 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Zettel 69 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-6 0 6.5
A. Zettel 0-1 0.5 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Prater 5 K
11
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
24/27 28/28
M. Prater 3/3 50 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Martin 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 45.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
15 43.1 6
S. Martin 4 45.0 1 49
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Jones 13 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 35.0 35 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 35.0 35 0
T. Jones 1 35.0 35 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
G. Tate 15 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 13.0 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 11.5 13 0
G. Tate 1 13.0 13 0
T. Jones 13 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
T. Jones 1 17.0 17 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:28 MIN 20 6:59 14 80 TD
4:51 DET 39 0:56 3 39 TD
2:23 MIN 28 1:35 3 4 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:15 MIN 8 7:13 14 57 FG Miss
1:58 MIN 26 1:21 5 74 TD
0:10 MIN 25 0:10 1 -1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MIN 25 2:08 4 75 TD
7:08 MIN 25 2:04 5 6 Punt
1:03 MIN 25 1:14 3 -17 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:16 MIN 21 5:48 9 42 Punt
6:21 MIN 37 2:39 9 45 FG
2:50 DET 16 2:50 5 10 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DET 38 2:32 3 4 Punt
5:29 DET 25 0:38 2 14 Fumble
3:55 DET 25 1:32 3 0 Punt
0:48 DET 17 5:33 12 69 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
3:02 DET 43 1:04 3 0 Punt
0:37 DET 25 0:27 3 75 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:52 DET 25 5:44 12 61 FG
5:04 DET 28 4:01 8 40 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:49 MIN 39 0:33 3 39 TD
8:28 DET 9 2:07 3 9 Punt
3:42 DET 25 0:52 4 3 INT