Sunday afternoon, the Detroit Lions continued what Michigan started the night before by getting another win for their state and the families affected by the tragedy at Oxford High School. After losing their lead with under two minute to go. in the game, Jared Goff and the Lions marches down the field and later throw a game-winning touchdown to Amon-Ra St. Brown to lead the Lions to a 29-27 victory over the Minnesota Vikings- their first of the season.
First Quarter Scoring Advantage: Vikings
Vikings kicked two field goals and held a 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Second Quarter Scoring Advantage: Lions
Lions answer back with 20 unanswered points in the second quarter. Jared Goff throws two touchdowns. Both touchdowns went to the team’s tight ends. First one went to T.J. Hockenson and the other to Brock Wright. Riley Patterson gave the Lions their final two scores of the quarter with his field goals at 1:33 and 0:06 left in the half. Lions lead 20-6.
Third Quarter Scoring Advantage: Viking but Lions still Lead
Vikings get a Greg Joseph field goal and an Alexander Mattison rushing touchdown to inch closer to the Lions.
That was all the could put together on offense in the third quarter. The quarter ended with another Patterson field goal. Lions lead 23-15.
Fourth Quarter Scoring Advantage: Vikings But Not For Long
Kirk Cousin tosses his first and only two touchdowns of the game with 11:57 and 1:50 left in the game. The first was a 5-yard pass to wide receiver and Michigan native K.J. Osborn to put the Minnesota within two-points.
The second was a 3-yard touchdown to star wideout Justin Jefferson which put the team up 27-23. That touchdown reception was Jefferson’s eleventh catch of the day which also capped off his 182 yard day.
That lead would not last long. Lions, down four, 4th & 2, and four seconds to go, Goff throws a dart to Amon-Ra St. Brown for the game-winner. The touchdown avoids a winless season and improves their season record to 1-10-1. Lions defeat Vikings 29-27 in front of their hometown fans.
And to cap it off- some celebrations from Dan Campbell and the Detroit Lions.
Post Game and Other Notes
This win was the first of the season for the Lions but also their first under head coach Dan Campbell. Campbell has come close a few times but ultimately failed until this week. The win could not have come at a better time. Campbell decided to take some time in his presser to share a view words and dedicate the game’s game ball to the Oxford community.
And to end the piece and the Lion’s day- A LOCKER ROOM PARTY.