Battle for the North: Lions vs. Vikings Tickets & Matchup Info
May 22, 2023
Detroit Lions tickets and Minnesota Vikings tickets can be found on their respective team pages, along with scheduling information.
Yes, the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings are rivals. Their rivalry dates back to 1961, when the Vikings were established as an expansion team in the NFL. Between 1961 and 2023, the two teams have faced off more than 120 times, with the Vikings holding a lopsided lead in the all-time series.
The Detroit Lions’ biggest rivals are within the NFC East: the Minnesota Vikings, the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears, all of which date back to the early days of the league. The Lions/Bears rivalry runs especially deep because their dedicated following represents the two largest metropolitan fan bases in the Midwest.
The Minnesota Vikings have intense rivalries with the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. The Vikings’ rivalry with the Green Bay Packers is notable because it is the most competitive and evenly-split in the NFC North, usually deciding the winner of the NFC North division.
The Vikings and Lions rivalry is one of the most lopsided rivalries in the NFL. Playing twice a year since the Vikings entered the league in 1961, the Vikings have been largely dominant in the all-time series, winning 80 of their 123 total match ups. Through the 1970s and 2000s specifically, the Vikings beat the Lions 35 times in their 40 total games in those 10-year periods.
|Date||Home Team||Away Team||Location||Winner||Score|
|09/25/2022||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||28-24|
|10/10/2021||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||19-17|
|11/08/2020||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||34-20|
|12/08/2019||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||20-7|
|11/04/2018||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||24-9|
|10/01/2017||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Detroit||14-7|
|11/06/2016||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Detroit||22-16|
|09/20/2015||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||26-16|
|10/12/2014||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Detroit||17-3|
|12/29/2013||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||14-13|
|11/11/2012||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||34-24|
|09/25/2011||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Detroit||26-23|
|09/26/2010||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||24-10|
|11/15/2009||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||27-10|
|10/12/2008||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||12-10|
|12/02/2007||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||42-10|
|10/08/2006||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||26-17|
|11/06/2005||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||27-14|
|11/21/2004||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||22-19|
|11/23/2003||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||24-14|
|10/13/2002||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||31-24|
|10/14/2001||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||31-26|
|11/30/2000||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||24-17|
|01/02/2000||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||24-17|
|09/20/1998||Vikings||Lions||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minnesota||29-6|
In the early years of the rivalry, the Lions were dominant, winning the first six matchups between the two teams. However, the Vikings quickly turned the tables and went on to win 13 of the next 15 meetings.
One of the most memorable games in the history of the rivalry came on Thanksgiving Day in 1995. The Lions were leading the game 38-17 in the third quarter, but the Vikings stormed back to tie the game and send it into overtime. In overtime, Minnesota kicker Fuad Reveiz kicked a game-winning field goal to complete the comeback and give the Vikings a 44-38 victory.
Despite the Vikings’ overall success in the rivalry, the Lions have also had their share of memorable victories. In 2011, the Lions beat the Vikings 34-28 in a game that featured a 78-yard touchdown pass from Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford to wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
Off the field, the rivalry between the Lions and Vikings is fueled by the proximity of the two teams. Detroit and Minneapolis are just over 600 miles apart, and many fans of both teams live in the same region of the country. This has led to a friendly but fierce rivalry between the two fan bases.
The Minnesota Vikings have called U.S. Bank Stadium home since its completion in 2016. Sitting on the site of the old Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis, the U.S. Bank Stadium is one of the only fixed-roof, enclosed stadiums in the NFL. Host to Super Bowl LII in 2018, U.S. Bank Stadium has opened its doors to a variety of sporting and entertainment events, including arena concerts for iconic acts like Metallica, and the 2018 ESPN X Games.
Ford Field is an enclosed stadium located across Brush Street from Commercial Park in downtown Detroit. It became the home field of the Detroit Lions upon its completion in 2002, replacing the Pontiac Silverdom. The architectural firm Smith Group incorporated the former Hudson’s store warehouse into the construction of the stadium, paying homage to the industrial history of the town. The arena has a 65,000-person capacity for football games and hosts up to 80,000 fans for basketball games. The stadium is also home to hockey and soccer games as well as musical performances, and hosted the NCAA Final Four in 2009.
|Bengals vs. Ravens||Bears vs. Cardinals|
|Browns vs. Ravens||Cardinals vs. Rams|
|Ravens vs. Steelers||49ers vs. Cardinals|
|Bills vs. Chiefs||Cardinals vs. Seahawks|
|Bills vs. Dolphins||Falcons vs. Panthers|
|Bills vs. Patriots||Falcons vs. Saints|
|Bills vs. Jets||Falcons vs. Buccaneers|
|Bengals vs. Browns||Panthers vs. Saints|
|Bengals vs. Steelers||Buccaneers vs. Panthers|
|Browns vs. Steelers||Bears vs. Lions|
|Broncos vs. Chiefs||Bears vs. Packers|
|Broncos vs. Raiders||Cowboys vs. Packers|
|Broncos vs. Chargers||Cowboys vs. Rams|
|Jaguars vs. Texans||Cowboys vs. Giants|
|Colts vs. Jaguars||Cowboys vs. Eagles|
|Chiefs vs. Raiders||Cowboys vs. 49ers|
|Chargers vs. Chiefs||Lions vs. Packers|
|Dolphins vs. Patriots||Lions vs. Vikings|
|Dolphins vs. Jets||Vikings vs. Packers|
|Jets vs. Patriots||49ers vs. Rams|
|Titans vs. Ravens||Saints vs. Vikings|
|Texans vs. Titans||Buccaneers vs. Saints|
|Colts vs. Titans||Giants vs. Eagles|
|Jaguars vs. Titans||Rams vs. Seahawks|
|Titans vs. Steelers||Seahawks vs. 49ers|
|Commanders vs. Cowboys|
|Commanders vs. Giants|
|Commanders vs. Eagles|
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