Halftime: Allen, Patterson highlight Vikings' final first half at dome
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The pregame fireworks and those provided by Minnesota Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson were about the only farewells to the Metrodome in an otherwise meaningless bout between the purple and the Detroit Lions.
Defensive end Jared Allen lined up as a tight end near the goal line and just missed a would-be touchdown catch on one of a few errant throws by quarterback Matt Cassel. Cassel threw his lone interception a few plays later as third-string running back Matt Asiata made the touchdown-saving tackle nearly 50 yards later.
The Vikings hold a 7-0 lead over the Lions after two quarters.
Patterson became the NFL's first receiver to tally three rushing touchdowns in one season since the 1970 merger, per Pro Football Reference. His 50-yard scamper against a sleeping Lions defense in the first quarter is also the Vikings' longest scoring run by a wide receiver in team history.
Allen, playing his final game on contract, also notched his 10th sack on the season, marking the seventh consecutive year the defensive end has tallied double-digit sacks.
The Vikings held the Lions scoreless after giving up 469 yards and 34 points in a Week 1 loss. Both eliminated from the playoffs, both teams are without major starpower as Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson watch from the sidelines in street clothes.
Patterson is four yards away from breaking the team's all-time return record set 28 years ago, but didn't get his hands on the lone Lions' kickoff to start the game as he was still interacting with the crowd as the ball was in the air.