MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings took it personal, and pride took over to overwhelm the Lions Sunday.
Six days removed from the season opener, Minnesota looked a world removed in its home opener, a 26-16 win over Detroit.
The Vikings established the run early and often with Adrian Peterson, who in his first home game since Dec. 1, 2013, rushed 29 times for 134 yards and caught two passes for 58 yards.
"Last week, it hurt us personally. It hurt us to the core," Peterson said. "So we knew that we had to come out in a divisional game and take care of business."
Peterson said the standing ovation he received from the crowd as he ran through the tunnel and onto the field gave him energy.
"That warm welcome, it felt good to be back home," said Peterson, who rushed 12 times for 70 yards in the first quarter a week after having 10 carries for 31 yards total against San Francisco.
"It was important for us to get him going," Kyle Rudolph said. "When you have a team that knows that you're going to try to get your running back going and you're still able to get out and run the football, that's the physical kind of team that Coach Zim' wants to see. When people know you're going to run the ball and you can still run the ball, that kind of puts the defense at your will."
Peterson broke Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter's franchise combined net yards (12,410) franchise record during a 25-yard gain on Minnesota's first possession to help set up a 5-yard TD pass from Teddy Bridgewater to Rudolph.
Peterson also recorded his third-longest reception of his career. After his pass protection didn't last long enough to keep Kyle Van Noy away from Bridgewater so he could find an open receiver downfield, Peterson caught a quick flip behind the line of scrimmage and rumbled down the right sideline for a gain of 49.
"Adrian just appeared in my vision and instead of taking a sack, I figured I could flip the ball to Adrian and he would make a play, and he ended up making a big run for us," Bridgewater said.
Peterson said he was still frustrated at the end of the play for not completing the block.
Brandon Fusco said the Lions are the most physical team they see each season, and Mike Harris said Minnesota brought an attitude to counteract.
"We had attitude," Harris said. "Coach told us to come into the locker room today and have that attitude that we were going to throw the force on them and be the most physical, and I feel like we did a great job with that."
Defense does damage: The Vikings defense got good penetration, limiting the Lions to 38 rushing yards on 16 carries and exerted great pressure, tallying **eight quarterback hurries** and eight passes defensed.
Eight different defenders had a hurry of Matthew Stafford, and Brian Robison led the way with two passes defensed by being active near the line of scrimmage.
The Vikings also forced and recovered two fumbles. Captain Munnerlyn forced one that was returned 28 yards by Andrew Sendejo on Detroit's third play of the second half. Harrison Smith forced another later in the third quarter that was recovered by Shamar Stephen.
"The forced fumble, really wasn't a great play by me," Smith said. "I just happened to be running to the ball. I wasn't really in on the tackle so I just punched the ball. Those are just some things that coaches try to keep in the back of our head if we're the second or third guy there, to get at the ball, not like an outstanding play."
It appeared Smith also had an interception lined up in the fourth quarter, but it was nullified by a penalty called against Xavier Rhodes on Calvin Johnson.
Vikings reserve defensive end Justin Trattou, however, intercepted Stafford on the next play and returned it 11 yards to the Detroit 39.
"I played the cut pretty well, so I was able to get my eyes on the ball and make the catch. I've got to have a better run next time," Trattou said. "It was definitely a dagger and put them on their heels, just a great way to go out there and finish the game."
Smith said Vikings "defensive linemen were playing on their side of the line a lot" and added B-Rob made a lot of plays, Tratt, a huge pick. It was good play up front."
Robison said he thinks Sunday's version of the Vikings is the one they want to consistently show.
"I think we said a thousand times this week that we wanted to make sure that people knew that's not the type of defense we are, and I think today was a little more indicative of who we are," Robison said. "I feel like we swarmed the football better and we just did our jobs better. All 11 guys did their job a lot better than they did last week."
Bridgewater's day: The yards on the play by Peterson accounted for nearly one third of Bridgewater's 153 on the day, but he completed 14 of 18 passes (77.8 percent) and had a passer rating of 120.8.
Bridgewater also showed the ability to improvise and helped the offense convert 7 of 14 third downs. He rushed six times for 21 yards that included a 1-yard TD for a 14-0 lead.
"He's an incredible yo`ung player," Rudolph said. "That's the Teddy Bridgewater that we all know and the Teddy Bridgewater he showed every game last year."
Career first: In addition to Trattou's first interception, fullback Zach Line scored his first career touchdown on a 1-yard plunge in the third quarter.
Line, however, left the locker room hoping that the equipment staff managed to tuck away the souvenir he spiked in celebration.
"It's a running back rule that you've got to spike the ball, so I put as much mustard on it as I could," Line said.