The Detroit Lions are no longer the only winless team in the NFL this season. Thanks to a late touchdown led by quarterback Jared Goff, the Lions managed to overcome the NFC North rivals Minnesota Vikings and claim an unlikely 29-27 victory.
The Lions were heavy underdogs ahead of the clash, especially considering Minnesota’s recent stretch of good performances that included a win over the Green Bay Packers. And it appeared that the prediction was correct early on, as the Vikings held Detroit scoreless in the first quarter while putting six points on the board.
However, the Lions dialed it up in the second quarter and scored 20 unanswered points to close out the first half.
Detroit’s offense couldn’t keep up with the same production level in the third, allowing the Vikings to cut down into their lead. The Vikings continued their comeback in the fourth quarter, capitalizing on Detroit’s turnover that included an interception and a fumble by Goff.
It appeared that Minnesota got the job done as QB Kirk Cousins found standout wideout Justin Jefferson in the endzone to give his team a 27-23 lead with less than two minutes remaining on the clock.
Still, the Lions were unwilling to let another close game slip through their hands. With 1:50 left to work with, Goff led his offense 75 yards down the field and threw a perfect TD pass to Amon-Ra St. Brown on 4th&2 to launch a massive celebration at the Ford Field.
The Lions improved to a 1-10-1 record with the win. While it doesn’t do much for them in the 2021 NFL season, the fact that they can finally leave the field with their heads held up high should do wonders for the team in the long run.
The Vikings, on the other hand, will be gutted not to be able to get the job done against the worst team in the league. They are still second in the division with a 5-7 record, but the road to playoffs has become much harder.