MINNEAPOLIS, Minn– The Detroit Lions finished the regular season with a 14-13 loss to Minnesota in the final ever game at the Metrodome Sunday.
The Vikings scored first when Cordarrelle Patterson ran 50 yards for a 7-0 Vikings lead late in the 1st quarter. the Lions evened the score at 7 on a 19 yard screen pass to Reggie Bush early in the 3rd quarter. Bush becomes the first Lion since Billy Sims in 1980 to have 1,000 yards rushing and 500 yard receiving in the same season. David Akers added 2 field goals to give the Lions a 13-7 lead but after a 50 yard punt return by Marcus Sherels, Matt Cassell hit Patterson for the game-winning touchdown with 9:19 remaining in the game.
The Lions finish the season at 7-9, losing 6 of their final 7 games having had a 4th quarter lead in all of those games. Detroit will select 10th in the NFL draft in April. Jim Schwartz will reportedly meet with ownership Monday morning to decide his future with the club.