Lions–Vikings rivalry

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Detroit Lions–Minnesota Vikings
Detroit Lions wordmark.svg
Detroit Lions
Minnesota Vikings wordmark.svg
Minnesota Vikings
First meeting November 19, 1961
Lions 37, Vikings 10
Latest meeting November 23, 2017
Vikings 30, Lions 23
Statistics
Meetings total 113 meetings
All-time series MIN: leads 72–39–2
Largest victory DET: 45–7 (1981)
Smallest victory MIN: 7–6 (1974)
Longest win streak MIN: won 13 (1968–1974)
Current win streak MIN: 1 win (2017–present)

The Lions–Vikings rivalry is an American football rivalry between the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings.[1]

The Lions and Vikings have been battling since the Vikings entered the league in 1961. Minnesota has dominated the series; however, Detroit has given the Vikings many close games over the years. The Vikings went 3–8–1 against Detroit before Bud Grant became the head coach of the Vikings in 1967.[2]

Game results[edit]

Lions regular season victory Vikings regular season victory Tie Postseason meeting

1960s (Lions 9–7–2)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location Series
1961 November 19 Detroit Lions 37–10 Minnesota Vikings 32,296 Bloomington, Minnesota Lions lead 1–0–0
1961 December 10 Detroit Lions 13–7 Minnesota Vikings 42,655 Detroit, Michigan Lions lead 2–0–0
1962 November 18 Detroit Lions 17–6 Minnesota Vikings 31,257 Bloomington, Minnesota Lions lead 3–0–0
1962 December 9 Detroit Lions 37–23 Minnesota Vikings 47,253 Detroit, Michigan Lions lead 4–0–0
1963 October 27 Detroit Lions 28–10 Minnesota Vikings 44,509 Detroit, Michigan Lions lead 5–0–0
1963 November 24 Minnesota Vikings 34–31 Detroit Lions 28,763 Bloomington, Minnesota Lions lead 5–1–0
1964 October 11 Detroit Lions 24–20 Minnesota Vikings 40,840 Bloomington, Minnesota Lions lead 6–1–0
1964 November 22 23–23 48,291 Detroit, Michigan Lions lead 6–1–1
1965 September 26 Detroit Lions 31–29 Minnesota Vikings 46,826 Bloomington, Minnesota Lions lead 7–1–1
1965 December 12 Minnesota Vikings 29–7 Detroit Lions 45,420 Detroit, Michigan Lions lead 7–2–1
1966 November 13 Detroit Lions 32–31 Minnesota Vikings Bloomington, Minnesota Lions lead 8–2–1
1966 December 11 Minnesota Vikings 28–16 Minnesota Vikings Detroit, Michigan Lions lead 8–3–1
1967 November 12 10–10 Bloomington, Minnesota Lions lead 8–3–2
1967 December 17 Detroit Lions 14–3 Minnesota Vikings Detroit, Michigan Lions lead 9–3–2
1968 October 6 Minnesota Vikings 24–10 Detroit Lions Bloomington, Minnesota Lions lead 9–4–2
1968 November 17 Minnesota Vikings 13–6 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan Lions lead 9–5–2
1969 October 26 Minnesota Vikings 24–10 Detroit Lions Bloomington, Minnesota Lions lead 9–6–2
1969 November 27 Minnesota Vikings 27–0 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan Lions lead 9–7–2

1970s (Vikings 17–3)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location Series
1970 November 1 Minnesota Vikings 30–17 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan Lions lead 9–8–2
1970 November 15 Minnesota Vikings 24–20 Detroit Lions Bloomington, Minnesota Tied 9–9–2
1971 September 20 Minnesota Vikings 16–13 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan Vikings lead 10–9–2
1971 December 11 Minnesota Vikings 29–10 Detroit Lions Bloomington, Minnesota Vikings lead 11–9–2
1972 September 24 Minnesota Vikings 34–10 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan Vikings lead 12–9–2
1972 November 12 Minnesota Vikings 16–14 Detroit Lions Bloomington, Minnesota Vikings lead 13–9–2
1973 October 7 Minnesota Vikings 23–9 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan Vikings lead 14–9–2
1973 November 11 Minnesota Vikings 28–7 Detroit Lions Bloomington, Minnesota Vikings lead 15–9–2
1974 September 22 Minnesota Vikings 7–6 Detroit Lions Detroit, Michigan Vikings lead 16–9–2
1974 October 20 Detroit Lions 20–16 Minnesota Vikings Bloomington, Minnesota Vikings lead 16–10–2
1975 October 19 Minnesota Vikings 25-19 Detroit Lions Bloomington, Minnesota Vikings lead 17–10–2
1975 December 14 Detroit Lions 17–10 Minnesota Vikings Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 17–11–2
1976 September 26 Minnesota Vikings 10–9 Detroit Lions Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 18–11–2
1976 November 7 Minnesota Vikings 31–23 Detroit Lions Bloomington, Minnesota Vikings lead 19–11–2
1977 October 9 Minnesota Vikings 14–7 Detroit Lions Bloomington, Minnesota Vikings lead 20–11–2
1977 December 17 Minnesota Vikings 30–21 Detroit Lions Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 21–11–2
1978 November 5 Minnesota Vikings 17–7 Detroit Lions Bloomington, Minnesota Vikings lead 22–11–2
1978 December 9 Detroit Lions 45–14 Minnesota Vikings Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 22–12–2
1979 September 30 Minnesota Vikings 13–10 Detroit Lions Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 23–12–2
1979 November 18 Minnesota Vikings 14–7 Detroit Lions Bloomington, Minnesota Vikings lead 24–12–2

1980s (Vikings 13–6)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location Series
1980 September 28 Detroit Lions 27–7 Minnesota Vikings Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 24–13–2
1980 November 9 Minnesota Vikings 34–0 Detroit Lions Bloomington, Minnesota Vikings lead 25–13–2
1981 September 20 Minnesota Vikings 26–24 Detroit Lions Bloomington, Minnesota Vikings lead 26–13–2
1981 December 12 Detroit Lions 45–7 Minnesota Vikings Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 26–14–2
1982 December 19 Minnesota Vikings 34–31 Detroit Lions Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 27–14–2
1983 September 25 Minnesota Vikings 20–17 Detroit Lions Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 28–14–2
1983 December 5 Detroit Lions 13–2 Minnesota Vikings Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 28–15–2
1984 September 23 Minnesota Vikings 29–28 Detroit Lions Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 29–15–2
1984 October 21 Detroit Lions 16–14 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 29–16–2
1985 November 3 Minnesota Vikings 16–13 Detroit Lions Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 30–16–2
1985 November 17 Detroit Lions 41–21 Minnesota Vikings Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 30–17–2
1986 September 7 Detroit Lions 13–10 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 30–18–2
1986 November 9 Minnesota Vikings 24–10 Detroit Lions Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 31–18–2
1987 September 13 Minnesota Vikings 34–19 Detroit Lions Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 32–18–2
1987 December 20 Minnesota Vikings 17–14 Detroit Lions Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 33–18–2
1988 November 6 Minnesota Vikings 44–17 Detroit Lions Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 34–18–2
1988 November 17 Minnesota Vikings 23–0 Detroit Lions Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 35–18–2
1989 October 8 Minnesota Vikings 24–17 Detroit Lions Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 36–18–2
1989 October 22 Minnesota Vikings 20–7 Detroit Lions Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 37–18–2

1990s (Lions 10 – Vikings 10)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location Series
1990 October 7 Detroit Lions 34–27 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 37–19–2
1990 November 11 Minnesota Vikings 17–7 Detroit Lions Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 38–19–2
1991 October 6 Detroit Lions 24–20 Minnesota Vikings Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 38–20–2
1991 November 24 Detroit Lions 34–14 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 38–21–2
1992 September 13 Detroit Lions 31–17 Minnesota Vikings Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 38–22–2
1992 October 15 Minnesota Vikings 31–14 Detroit Lions Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 39–22–2
1993 October 31 Detroit Lions 30–27 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 39–23–2
1993 December 15 Minnesota Vikings 13–0 Detroit Lions Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 40–23–2
1994 September 11 Minnesota Vikings 10–3 Detroit Lions Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 41–23–2
1994 December 17 Detroit Lions 41–19 Minnesota Vikings Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 41–24–2
1995 September 10 Minnesota Vikings 20–10 Detroit Lions Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 42–24–2
1995 November 23 Detroit Lions 44–38 Minnesota Vikings Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 42–25–2
1996 September 1 Minnesota Vikings 17–13 Detroit Lions Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 43–25–2
1996 December 8 Minnesota Vikings 24–22 Detroit Lions Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 44–25–2
1997 November 16 Detroit Lions 38–15 Minnesota Vikings Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 44–26–2
1997 December 14 Detroit Lions 14–13 Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 44–27–2
1998 September 20 Minnesota Vikings 29–6 Detroit Lions Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 45–27–2
1998 October 25 Minnesota Vikings 34–13 Detroit Lions Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 46–27–2
1999 October 17 Detroit Lions 25–23 Minnesota Vikings Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 46–28–2
2000 January 2 Minnesota Vikings 24–17 Detroit Lions Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 47–28–2

2000s (Vikings 18–2)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location Series
2000 October 1 Minnesota Vikings 31–24 Detroit Lions 76,438 Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 48–28–2
2000 November 30 Minnesota Vikings 24–17 Detroit Lions 64,214 Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 49–28–2
2001 October 14 Minnesota Vikings 31–26 Detroit Lions 64,048 Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 50–28–2
2001 December 16 Detroit Lions 27–24 Minnesota Vikings 72,190 Pontiac, Michigan Vikings lead 50–29–2
2002 October 13 Minnesota Vikings 27–23 Detroit Lions 64,013 Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 51–29–2
2002 December 29 Minnesota Vikings 38–36 Detroit Lions 60,233 Detroit, Michigan Vikings lead 52–29–2
2003 September 21 Minnesota Vikings 23–13 Detroit Lions 60,885 Detroit, Michigan Vikings lead 53–29–2
2003 November 23 Minnesota Vikings 24–14 Detroit Lions 63,946 Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 54–29–2
2004 November 21 Minnesota Vikings 22–19 Detroit Lions 64,156 Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 55–29–2
2004 December 19 Minnesota Vikings 28–27 Detroit Lions 62,337 Detroit, Michigan Vikings lead 56–29–2
2005 November 6 Minnesota Vikings 27–14 Detroit Lions 63,813 Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 57–29–2
2005 December 4 Minnesota Vikings 21–16 Detroit Lions 61,375 Detroit, Michigan Vikings lead 58–29–2
2006 October 8 Minnesota Vikings 26–17 Detroit Lions 63,906 Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 59–29–2
2006 December 10 Minnesota Vikings 30–20 Detroit Lions 60,861 Detroit Michigan Vikings lead 60–29–2
2007 September 16 Detroit Lions 20–17 Minnesota Vikings 61,771 Detroit, Michigan Vikings lead 60–30–2
2007 December 2 Minnesota Vikings 42–10 Detroit Lions 62,996 Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 61–30–2
2008 October 12 Minnesota Vikings 12–10 Detroit Lions 62,867 Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 62–30–2
2008 December 7 Minnesota Vikings 20–16 Detroit Lions 50,444 Detroit, Michigan Vikings lead 63–30–2
2009 September 20 Minnesota Vikings 27–13 Detroit Lions 56,269 Detroit, Michigan Vikings lead 64–30–2
2009 November 15 Minnesota Vikings 27–10 Detroit Lions 63,854 Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 65–30–2

2010s (Lions 9–7)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Attendance Location Series
2010 September 26 Minnesota Vikings 24–10 Detroit Lions 63,377 Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 66–30–2
2010 January 2 Detroit Lions 20–13 Minnesota Vikings 57,013 Detroit, Michigan Vikings lead 66–31–2
2011 September 25 Detroit Lions 26–23 (OT) Minnesota Vikings 62,466 Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 66–32–2
2011 December 11 Detroit Lions 34–28 Minnesota Vikings 63,988 Detroit, Michigan Vikings lead 66–33–2
2012 September 30 Minnesota Vikings 20–13 Detroit Lions 63,616 Detroit, Michigan Vikings lead 67–33–2
2012 November 11 Minnesota Vikings 34–24 Detroit Lions 64,059 Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 68–33–2
2013 September 8 Detroit Lions 34–24 Minnesota Vikings 62,461 Detroit, Michigan Vikings lead 68–34–2
2013 December 30 Minnesota Vikings 14–13 Detroit Lions 64,134 Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 69–34–2
2014 October 12 Detroit Lions 17–3 Minnesota Vikings 52,213 Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 69–35–2
2014 December 14 Detroit Lions 16–14 Minnesota Vikings 62,490 Detroit, Michigan Vikings lead 69–36–2
2015 September 20 Minnesota Vikings 26–16 Detroit Lions 52,319 Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 70–36–2
2015 October 25 Minnesota Vikings 28–19 Detroit Lions 60,231 Detroit, Michigan Vikings lead 71–36–2
2016 November 6 Detroit Lions 22–16 (OT) Minnesota Vikings 66,807 Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 71–37–2
2016 November 24 Detroit Lions 16–13 Minnesota Vikings 63,793 Detroit, Michigan Vikings lead 71–38–2
2017 October 1 Detroit Lions 14–7 Minnesota Vikings 66,730 Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings lead 71–39–2
2017 November 23 Minnesota Vikings 30–23 Detroit Lions 66,613 Detroit, Michigan Vikings lead 72–39–2

See also[edit]

Other rivalries involving the two teams:

References[edit]

External links[edit]