It took 13 weeks, but the Detroit Lions finally secured their first victory of the season and like most games involving the Lions this season, there was drama until the last second.
Detroit’s first win of the year wasn’t blocked until Jared Goff punched Amon-Ra St. Brown in the game’s last game to give the Lions a crazy 29-27 victory over the visiting Vikings . Goff’s throw capped a 14-game, 75-yard run and sparked a celebration in Detroit that went so crazy it almost made you think the Lions had just won the Super Bowl.
In a season where the Lions have fundamentally mastered the art of losing close games – including one over a 66-yard basket – this one looked like another loss to come after Kirk Cousins ââknocked out Justin Jefferson for a touchdown. with 1:50 left to give Minnesota a 27-23 lead.
After losing a big blow to the Vikings earlier this year, Goff did everything in his power to make sure it didn’t happen again. The beleaguered quarterback arrived in the clutch, completing 9 of 14 passes for 80 yards on the final haul, including the 11-yard throw to St. Brown that gave Detroit the win.
The pitch capped a huge day for Goff, who pitched for 296 yards and three touchdowns. Although Goff made several mistakes in the fourth quarter – he threw an interception and lost a fumble – the tough Lions defense played well enough to keep Detroit in the game.
The win was not only important for the Lions, it was also important for Goff and it was mainly because this victory marked the first time in his career that he had won a game without Sean McVay. At the start of Week 13, Goff was 0-16-1 in his career in games where he was not coached by McVay.
For St. Brown, he has become an unlikely hero. The rookie receiver caught 10 passes for 86 yards and the winning touchdown, which was very impressive considering he hadn’t caught exactly any touchdown passes until Week 13 (he had also never caught eight passes in one). single match).
For the Lions, the victory came almost a year after their last victory. Before Sunday, the last time the Lions won a game was on December 6, 2020.
Not only did the Lions score their first win of the season, they stayed mathematically alive to advance to the playoffs (no kidding). But nobody in Detroit cares right now, all they’re interested in is the fact that their team won’t become the fourth in NFL history to end a regulation season with zero wins.
Alright, let’s move on to the ratings for each game in Week 13. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into the Cowboys’ win over the Saints that came on Thursday, be sure to click here.
Detroit 29-27 vs. Minnesota
Vikings-Lions Notes by John Breech (Love Notes? Hate Notes? Let him know on Twitter.)
Tampa Bay 30-17 v Atlanta
Buccaneers-Falcons Notes by John Breech (Love Notes? Hate Notes? Let him know on Twitter.)
Miami 20-9 vs New York Giants
Giants-Dolphins Notes by John Breech (Love notes? Hate notes? Let him know on Twitter.)
Indianapolis 31-0 v Houston
Colts-Texans Notes by John Breech (Love Notes? Hate Notes? Let him know on Twitter.)
Arizona 33-22 v Chicago
Cardinals-Bear Notes by Patrik Walker (Love notes? Hate notes? Let him know on Twitter.)
LA Chargers 41-22 vs. Cincinnati
Chargers-Bengals Notes by Tyler Sullivan (Love Notes? Hate Notes? Let him know on Twitter.)
Philadelphia 33-18 vs. NY Jets
The Eagles-Jets Notes by Jeff Kerr (Love Notes? Hate Notes? Let him know on Twitter.)
Washington 17-15 vs. Las Vegas
Washington-Raiders Notes by Jordan Dajani (Love Notes? Hate Notes? Let him know on Twitter.)
Pittsburgh 20-19 vs. Baltimore
The Ravens-Steelers Notes by Bryan DeArdo (Love Notes? Hate Notes? Let him know on Twitter.)
LA Rams 37-7 vs. Jacksonville
John Breech’s Jaguars-Rams Notes (Love Notes? Hate Notes? Let him know on Twitter.)
Seattle 30-23 vs. San Francisco
49ers-Seahawks Notes by John Breech (Love Notes? Hate Notes? Let him know on Twitter.)
Kansas City 22-9 vs. Denver
Broncos-Chiefs Notes by Jared Dubin (Love Notes? Hate Notes? Let him know on Twitter.)