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Associated Press Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, center, is tackled by Minnesota Vikings safety Darren Sharper, left, and cornerback Cedric Griffin after an eight-yard reception in the second quarter Sunday in Detroit.

Vikings hold off Lions; stay in lead


DETROIT -- The Minnesota Vikings didn't talk much about avoiding the embarrassment of losing to Detroit.

They didn't have to.

"In your mind you don't want to be the team to lose to a winless team this late in the year," Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen said Sunday after the Vikings beat the Lions 20-16. "That's not the part of history that any of us in here want to be a part of."

The Lions seem destined to be the NFL's first 0-16 team.

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