Detroit Lions end 15-game winless run, pay tribute to victims of Michigan school shooting
Jared Goff’s latest touchdown pass to Amon-Ra St. Brown gave the Lions a spectacular 29-27 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, sparking some crazy celebrations among the players.
The Lions, whose last victory came against the Chicago Bears on December 6 of last year, are 1-10-1 this season.
The Vikings had taken the lead thanks to Justin Jefferson’s touchdown with almost two minutes left, but Goff and the Lions produced a 13-play, 75-yard run that ended with St. Brown and a memorable victory for the Detroit man.
“My first touchdown in the NFL, my first victory in the NFL – I’m going to remember that day for a long time,” St. Brown told reporters after the game. “The way it went, the way it went, it couldn’t be better.”
The Lions led 20-6 at halftime after Goff found TJ Hockenson and Brock Wright for touchdowns, but had to resist a return from the Vikings in the second half.
Alexander Mattison’s third-quarter touchdown reduced Minnesota’s deficit, before Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins found KJ Osborn and Jefferson for fourth-quarter touchdowns.
But the failed conversions ultimately cost the Vikings and gave the Lions the chance for victory.
“This match ball goes to the whole Oxford community, to everyone who has been affected,” Campbell, for whom it was his first victory as Lions head coach, told reporters.
He added: “These names will never be forgotten and they are in our hearts and prayers and in all families, not to mention all those who have been touched.”
Goff said he hoped the game would bring comfort to those affected by the shooting.
“You never hope for a tragedy like this, but you hope to be a light for these people and a positive thing that they could have fun watching today,” he said.
“I hope they were all watching today and they were able to take advantage of this win and we could distract ourselves from it for maybe three hours.
“I think whenever we can do that it’s a lot bigger than our sport, it’s a lot bigger than us, and I thought today was one of those special circumstances where we have was able to take the opportunity and make something special happen. ”
Several Vikings players also honored the shooting victims by wearing t-shirts displaying the school logo during warm-ups before the game.
Both teams wore an Oxford-themed sticker on their helmets during the game and the Lions also observed a moment of silence before kick-off.