MINNEAPOLIS — And … breathe.
The Vikings somehow found a way to win 19-17 Sunday despite a nearly unfathomable fourth-quarter collapse.
The reality is that the Vikings are now 2-3 after Greg Joseph nailed a 54-yard field goal on the final play of regulation to give Minnesota a wild win over Detroit.
Minnesota trailed 17-16 but embarked on a 46-yard drive at the end of regulation before Joseph became the hero.
Joseph made four of his five field goal tries, including a career-long of 55 yards, to help seemingly put the game on ice late in the fourth quarter.
He did miss from 49 yards out on an attempt that was short, but also hit a pair of kicks from 38 yards out and made his lone extra point try.
But his biggest kick came on the game's final play as he sent U.S. Bank Stadium into a frenzy with his 54-yard make.
The Vikings have now won eight straight games over the Lions, who dropped to 0-5.
Minnesota is on the road at Carolina in Week 6.
Here are four other takeaways from Minnesota's improbable win over Detroit:
1. Jefferson, Mattison spark Vikings offense
Minnesota notched its first division win of the season in Week 5 and was powered by Justin Jefferson and Alexander Mattison on offense. Both players recorded 100-yard games in their respective specialties.
Jefferson dominated the Lions with seven catches for 124 yards. It was the ninth 100-yard game of his young career and second against Detroit.
Mattison, who started in place for an inactive Dalvin Cook, had 25 carries for 113 yards. He did fumble late, but also added seven catches for 40 yards, and scored on a 15-yard reception in the second quarter.
Jefferson and Mattison combined for 277 offensive yards, while the Vikings defense held the Lions offense to 288 total yards.
2. Hunter, Griffen lead Vikings pass rush
The Vikings defense did its part against a depleted Lions offense, with Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter leading the way with a ferocious pass rush.
Griffen tallied 2.0 sacks and Hunter had 1.0 on the day. Ironically, the highlights came on back-to-back plays in different sequences.
The game was tied at 3 when Detroit was nearing the red zone. Griffen brought down Lions quarterback Jared Goff for an 8-yard loss but made an even bigger play on the next snap.
Griffen and Hunter met at the quarterback with Griffen notching the sack and knocking the ball loose and James Lynch falling on it.
Hunter later sacked Goff late in the fourth quarter. And on the very next play, D.J. Wonnum burst through the line for his first sack of the season.
Eric Kendricks made the defensive play of the game with an incredible one-handed interception. It was his first takeaway of the season.
Patrick Peterson also had a nice showing with multiple pass breakups in his first NFC North game.
3. Darrisaw makes offensive debut
Christian Darrisaw didn't get the start at left tackle, but he did make his offensive debut this season.
The 23rd overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft entered the game to start Minnesota's third drive in place of starter Rashod Hill.
The Vikings promptly marched 73 yards in eight plays for a touchdown.
Hill soon returned to his normal spot, but Darrisaw later entered the game on the Vikings seventh drive that ended with an interception.
Here is how the playing time was split between the two Sunday:
Hill was in for the Vikings first two drives, both of which ended in field goals. His next three drives did not end with Minnesota scoring.
Darrisaw was on the field for the Vikings first touchdown, and then re-entered the game late in the third quarter. He remained with the starters for the majority if the game before Hill came back late in the fourth quarter.
View game action photos of the Vikings battling the Lions in the Week 5 matchup at U.S. Bank Stadium.
4. Some defensive concerns
It wasn't all pretty for Minnesota's defense, even in a solid effort.
For one, the Vikings continued a rough trend of allowing points in the final two minutes of the second half.
Minnesota led 13-3 but gave up a 52-yard field goal with under a minute left before the break. The Vikings have now allowed a whopping 38 points in that timespan through five games.
And the Vikings run defense was shaky at times as it allowed 100-plus rushing yards for the fifth straight game.
Detroit ran for 108 yards on 24 attempts. Jamaal Williams had 57 yards on 13 attempts, while D'Andre Swift tallying 51 yards and a score on 11 attempts.
The Lions ran the ball just 24 times compared to 35 pass attempts from Goff.