Detroit's Eddie Murray kicked his third field goal of the second half, a 41-yarder with 49 seconds left, to lift the Lions over the Minnesota Vikings, 16-14, today.
Billy Sims became Detroit's all-time leading ground-gainer and led the Lions' comeback with a one-yard touchdown run, but he sprained his right knee and missed the last 21 minutes.
Sims, who finished with 103 yards in 22 carries, has 5,106 career yards, breaking the record held by his backup, Dexter Bussey.
The Vikings (2-6) lost their fourth straight game and quarterback Tommy Kramer. Kramer, who threw for 142 yards, left with a shoulder injury with four minutes left in the first half. X-rays showed no broken bones. He was tackled from behind by Mike Cofer, who was penalized for roughing the passer.
Manning had trouble moving the team in the second half: the Vikings netted nine yards on 16 plays and had no first downs. Coach Les Steckel called it "without a doubt the worst display I've ever seen."
The Vikings built a 14-0 lead by halftime on Kramer's seven-yard touchdown pass to Darrin Nelson and Ted Brown's two-yard run.
Then the Lions (3-5) started clicking. First came Sims' touchdown, then Murray hit a 44-yard field goal and his first 41-yarder to make it 14-13.