September 16, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh shakes hands with Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz before the start of the game at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Vikings and Lions Lose, NFC North All Even at 1-1


Besides the obvious frustration of losing the Packers on Thursday night, the Bears really missed out on a golden opportunity up in Green Bay.  The chance to go to 2-0 and drop their biggest rival to 0-2 with a tie-breaker certainly stings.  Instead, the Bears are jammed in a logjam along with the rest of their NFC North opponents, all sitting at 1-1.

Sep 16, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) pumps his fist after making a 53 yard game winning field goal with 8 seconds left to defeat the Minnesota Vikings. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-US PRESSWIRE

You might say the Vikings’ luck ran out as they could not repeat their Week 1 magic in Indianapolis, falling to Andrew Luck and the Colts 23-2o.  After the Vikings tied it up in the closing minute, Andrew Luck led his first game-winning drive capped with an Adam Vinatieri field goal.  Adrian Peterson came back down to the Earth, tallying 60 yards on 16 carries.

The other division rival was in prime time, as the Detroit Lions fell to the impressive San Francisco 49ers 27-19.

Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson continued their early season struggles as Stafford was held down while Calvin Johnson has yet to score a TD through two weeks.  Stafford’s mechanics seem off as numerous times he sailed seemingly simple passes.

Looking forward to Week 3, the Bears face the 1-1 Rams at Soldier Field, the Packers head out to face Russell Wilson at the Seattle Seahawks, who dumped the enigmatic Cowboys.  The Lions head back on the road to Nashville to face the Titans while the Vikings host San Francisco.

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