DETROIT - For the second time in three weeks, the Vikings got more than 390 passing yards from quarterback Nick Mullens against the Lions. For the second time in that span, they gave up 30 points to Detroit and lost.
Their 30-20 defeat at Ford Field on Sunday meant they ended their season with a 7-10 record, having lost six of their final seven games to fall out of the NFC playoff race. They were eliminated from the wild-card hunt before the final whistle, thanks to wins from Tampa Bay and New Orleans, but even if those teams had lost, the Vikings would have been out because of their loss to Detroit.
After throwing four interceptions on Dec. 24, Mullens played turnover-free ball for nearly 57 minutes Sunday, completing 30 of 44 passes for 396 yards and two touchdowns. He hit two long scoring strikes to Jordan Addison and Justin Jefferson, who posted 192 yards in the building where he set a Vikings single-game receiving record the year before and eclipsed 1,000 yards in just 10 games this season. But Mullens threw interceptions on the Vikings' final two drives, getting hit on his first pick to Cameron Sutton and overshooting a throw in a collapsing pocket on a throw that C.J. Gardner-Johnson picked off.