Lions score on last play to beat Vikings 29-27
By: Mike Stiles - Monday, December 6, 2021

Amon-Ra St. Brown catches the game winning touchdown against Minnesota (photo courtesy of MLive)

(DETROIT) – Jared Goff dropped back, looked left and let the football loose that Amon-Ra St. Brown squeezed tight as he sat in the end zone. That set off a roar in Ford Field loud enough it might've been heard on Motor City streets. Detroit finally found a way when Goff threw an 11 yard touchdown pass to St. Brown as time expired, lifting the previously winless Lions to a 29-27 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. ...... {LISTEN}. Goff led the Lions on a 75 yard decisive possession without a timeout after Kirk Cousins threw a go-ahead 3 yard touchdown pass to Justin Jefferson with 1:50 left. The Vikings failed on a 2-point conversion for the third time, and those missed opportunities proved costly. Goff threw two touchdown passes in the first half to put Detroit ahead by 14 points, its biggest lead this season. Then he turned over the ball twice in the second half to help Minnesota rally. He came through in the end, leading the long drive and delivering a sharp pass without pressure against a three-man rush to a rookie receiver, who took advantage of the Vikings secondary playing too deep in the end zone. The Lions (1-10-1) ended a 15 game winless streak that lasted 364 days since winning at Chicago last season, giving first-year coach Dan Campbell his first victory with the franchise. The Vikings (5-7) hurt their chances of earning a wild-card spot in the playoffs by losing a game they were favored to win by a touchdown. Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer defended the decision to drop eight defenders on the final snap, but lamented that the secondary didn't follow the plan on the play. Goff finished 25 of 41 for 296 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. He fumbled when Campbell chose to go on fourth-and-1 from the Detroit 28 with 4:08 left and the play-action pass didn't fool the defense. St. Brown had 10 receptions for 86 yards, and the winning touchdown was his first NFL score, ending Detroit's nine-game home losing streak dating to last year. Cousins was 30 of 40 for 340 yards with two touchdowns and a fumble. Jefferson had 11 receptions for a career-high 182 yards, taking advantage of an increased role when Adam Thielen was injured early in the game.

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