Minnesota edges Detroit 19-17 on game ending FG
By: Mike Stiles - Monday, October 11, 2021

De'Andre Swift scores for Detroit in the 4th quarter against Minnesota (photo courtesy of Bruce Kluckhohn/AP)

(MINNEAPOLIS) – For the second time in three weeks, the Detroit Lions saw their late lead, and a chance to win a game, taken away by a field goal. Greg Joseph made a 54 yard field goal as time expired to give the Vikings a 19-17 victory over the Lions on Sunday after new Detroit coach Dan Campbell successfully called for the go-ahead 2-point conversion try with 37 seconds left. The Vikings (2-3) lost a 10 point lead with less than three minutes to play in the game, but were able to get the win. After Joseph's 49 yard attempt with 3:17 remaining strangely fell short, the Lions (0-5) went the other way for Austin Seibert's third field goal to pull within 16-9. Alexander Mattison, who ably filled in for the injured Dalvin Cook with 153 total yards and a second quarter touchdown catch, had the ball ripped away by Jalen Reeves-Maybin on a third-and-7 run from the Minnesota 21 right after the 2-minute warning with Detroit out of timeouts. Three plays later, D'Andre Swift had the Lions in the end zone with 7-yard run. ...... {LISTEN}. Instead of settling for the tie, Campbell kept the offense on the field. Jared Goff, who had turnovers earlier in the game to end two drives that inside the 30, connected on a pass to KhaDarel Hodge for the lead. Lions first year head coach Dan Campbell held back tears during his postgame news conference, who says his team is close to getting their first win. Two weeks ago, the Lions lost 19-17 to Baltimore after the Ravens scrambled in the closing seconds to set up an NFL-record 66-yard field goal by Justin Tucker. Justin Jefferson took six of his seven catches for first downs and finished with 124 yards for the Vikings, whose offense has not scored a second half touchdown in four straight games.

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