Jason Hanson snatched away Jeff George's bid for a comeback victory.
Hanson's sixth field goal of the day, a 48-yarder with seven seconds remaining, lifted the Detroit Lions to a 25-23 win over the Minnesota Vikings today, the second straight week the NFC Central champions lost by two points.
Still, George came so tantalizingly close to getting Minnesota back on track that the Vikings (2-4) are going to give him another chance. He'll start next Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.
"That doesn't mean that everything that's not gone right is Randall Cunningham's fault," Coach Dennis Green said. "But we are 2-4, and we are one-third of the way through the NFL season."
The Vikings, who trailed 19-0 at halftime, took a 23-22 lead on Gary Anderson's 26-yard field goal with 1 minute 40 seconds remaining.
Hanson, whose previous high was four field goals, matched a club record with six for the Lions (3-2), whose only touchdown came on Terry Fair's 41-yard interception return in the first quarter.
"I wish it never came down to me, actually, but that's what the game is about," Hanson said. "I just think about making sure I put a good hit on it and focus as hard as I can and don't miss.
"You get nervous, but you've got to kick it while you're nervous."
George, who started the second half in relief of an ineffective Cunningham, had attempted just one pass all season. George completed 10 of 12 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns.
"I've been on the other side," George said. "I love Randall. He's my friend. We're in this together."
Cunningham continued to struggle, completing 10 of 15 passes for 78 yards with one interception in the first half. He said he agreed with Green's decision to go with George.
"One thing for sure is our offense is not being run the way it should be run with me in there," Cunningham said. "That's why Jeff should be in there."