“We Discovered a Solution to Victory”: Lions finish weeks of agony with a conquer the Vikings

Dec 5 (Reuters) – The Detroit Lions are no longer without a win after beating the Minnesota Vikings at 29:27 on Sunday to end weeks of agony and ridicule.

Four points, four seconds behind the clock, wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown caught an 11-yard pass from quarterback Jared Goff in front of a relieved home crowd and improved his record to 1-10-1.

“I was proud of our boys, man – they fought,” head coach Dan Campbell told reporters. “They kept fighting all year and it paid off today and we found a way to win.”

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Campbell dedicated the cue ball to the Oxford, Michigan community, where last week a teenager was charged with first degree murder in the deadliest US school shootout of the year, killing four students. Continue reading

The Lions previously had a winless season in 2008 and had the dubious distinction of being the first franchise to do so since the league’s schedule expanded to 16 games in 1978.

Trouble began to appear after the team lost all of their pre-season games after swapping longtime quarterback Matthew Stafford for Goff in a blockbuster deal earlier this year.

Detroit drew the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10 and have set one of the least productive offenses in the league that season.

“It came down to one game and we could do it,” said Goff, a former first overall winner. “We weren’t perfect, but the ability to overcome mistakes is the hallmark of a good team.”

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Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York; Adaptation by Ken Ferris

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