Jared Goff, Lions Earn 1st Win of the Season on Late Amon-Ra St. Brown TD vs. Vikings

Erin WalshDecember 5, 2021

Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff throws during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
AP Photo/Paul Sancya

The Detroit Lions will not go winless this season.

Dan Campbell's squad got its first win of the 2021 campaign with a 29-27 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. On a 4th-and-2 with four seconds left on the clock, Jared Goff tossed an 11-yard touchdown to wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown to seal the win.


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The Lions led the Vikings for most of Sunday's contest, jumping out to a 20-6 lead before halftime. However, Detroit nearly blew it, allowing Minnesota to charge back and take the lead with 1:50 remaining in the game before Goff sent the hometown crowd into a frenzy with his touchdown pass to St. Brown.

The veteran quarterback completed 25 of 41 passes for 296 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the win. St. Brown was Detroit's best receiver, finishing with 10 catches for 86 yards and a score. T.J. Hockenson and Brock Wright also combined for 77 yards and two touchdowns.

Before Sunday's win, the Lions had been the only winless team in the NFL. They had lost three games on field goals as time expired, including a 19-17 loss to the Vikings earlier this year. In addition, the Lions had not scored more than 20 points since Week 1.

Sunday's win marked Detroit's first victory since Dec. 6, 2020—a span of 364 days. The team is now 1-10-1 on the season.

But while the Lions now have one win under their belt, things won't get much easier for them through the final stretch of the season. Detroit will face the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks before closing out the year against the Green Bay Packers.

The Cardinals (10-2) and Packers (9-3) are Super Bowl contenders, while the Broncos enter Sunday's contest against the Kansas City Chiefs with a winning record at 6-5. And while the Seahawks and Falcons have losing records, they've been much better than Detroit this year.

Regardless, all that matters for Lions fans is knowing the team didn't go winless this year. In addition, they'll still get a top pick in the 2022 draft and will continue to rebuild in the seasons ahead.