Vikings close out season with win over Lions

Mon 1-4-2021

DETROIT - Kirk Cousins threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns as the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Detroit Lions 37-35 Sunday in the season finale for both teams. The Vikings failed for the fourth time in a decade to make two straight trips to the playoffs.

Cousins finished the season with 37 touchdown passes, second most in team history. Daunte Culpepper threw 39 in 2004.

It was the eighth game this season in which Cousins threw three touchdown passes, breaking Culpepper's record of seven in 2000.

Justin Jefferson caught nine passes for 133 yards. He finishes the season with 1,400 yards receiving, breaking the team's rookie record set by Randy Moss in 1998. It's the fourth-most yards in a season for the Vikings, ranking behind Moss in 1999, 2000 and 2003.

The 1400 yards is the second most ever for a rookie. Bill Groman had 1473 yards for Houston in 1960.

His seven touchdowns is third most for a rookie. Randy Moss had 17 in 1998 and Sammy White 10 in 1976.