Anthony Carter racked up 184 receiving yards — his second-highest total in a regular-season game — and caught two touchdowns from Texas-bred Tommy Kramer, helping the Vikings build two of their three 14-point leads before the Cowboys rallied to force overtime.
Scott Studwell, Issiac Holt and Wymon Henderson recorded interceptions, and Chris Doleman totaled 3.0 of Minnesota’s seven sacks.
Go, Nellie: Darrin Nelson closed out the game with a 24-yard touchdown run to cap his hallmark holiday showing with 161 scrimmage yards, which also included a 52-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Anthony Carter (84 receiving) finished with more yards than Detroit netted as a team. So did Hassan Jones (68 receiving) and Allen Rice (66 scrimmage). Chuck Nelson outscored the Lions with his first extra point of the day and went on to kick three short field goals.
Carl Lee and Najee Mustafaa (born Reggie Rutland) each recorded interceptions, and Al Baker and Henry Thomas tabbed sacks as Minnesota allowed just 60 yards and kept the ball for 44:57.
Turkey Trot: The Vikings rushed 51 — not a misprint! — times for 181 yards. Alfred Anderson scored both of the game’s touchdowns (distances of 2 and 1) as the Lions took the fast track to drafting Barry Sanders at No. 3 overall the following spring.
Minnesota got a 55-yard touchdown catch from Jake Reed, a 74-yard punt return TD from David Palmer, a 17-yard fumble return touchdown from Orlando Thomas and two touchdown catches by Cris Carter, 384 passing yards from Warren Moon — and still lost.
Detroit built 14-0 and 21-7 leads before finding itself down 31-24 in the third quarter before the Lions ripped off 17 consecutive points capped by Sanders’ 50-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Triple trifecta: Brett Perriman (12 catches, 153 yards and two scores), Herman Moore (8-127-1) and Johnnie Morton (7-102-1) each recorded more than 100 receiving yards, helping Scott Mitchell total 410 yards.