Lions edge Vikes, 44-38, in thriller Mitchell's 410 yards in air set Thanksgiving record

November 24, 1995|By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE

PONTIAC, Mich. -- It took an end zone interception of Warren Moon's Hail Mary pass with no time left to end one of the wildest games in the Detroit Lions' Thanksgiving Day history, a 44-38 victory over Minnesota before 74,559 in the Silverdome.

Quarterback Scott Mitchell threw a career high of four touchdown passes and broke Bobby Layne's 45-year-old game passing record with 410 yards.

Barry Sanders rushed for 137 yards on 14 carries in the second half, including a 53-yard run that ended in a fumble and a 50-yarder that ended in a touchdown.

Brett Perriman, Herman Moore and Johnnie Morton all had 100-yard-plus receiving days.

Defensive back Sean Vanhorse ended the 3-hour, 33-minute game with the interception after Moore -- playing defensive center field because of his height and jumping ability -- swatted the pass away from Vikings receiver Jake Reed.

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