In true Detroit Lions fashion, the team was able to just barely come out victorious on a last-second touchdown.
This rollercoaster of a game featured several huge plays on both offense and defense that would have been worthy of the ‘Play of the Game’ title if this were any other day for the Lions. Of course, with four seconds left on the clock, one play would decide whether the 0-10-1 Lions would walk away with their first victory or go on another week being winless.
It’s fourth-and-two. Down four points. Four seconds left. 11 yards to go. Jared Goff is 8-of-13 for 72 yards on this drive and it’s a no-brainer that they’ll attempt another pass here.
The Lions come out in the shotgun formation with Amon-Ra St. Brown, Kalif Raymond, and T.J. Hockenson in trips on one side and Josh Reynolds as the sole receiver on the other. Jamaal Williams is in the backfield.
The ball is snapped. Williams initially moves into pass protection before cutting out for a short comeback route behind the line of scrimmage. All four receivers run vertical routes deep and just try to get separation.
Reynolds and Hockenson are each met with double coverage. Raymond gets jammed up by the Vikings defender and fails to get open. The rookie St. Brown makes a smart move and sits on the route, faking out the two defensive backs and giving him some room to make a play.
With two seconds left on the clock, Jared Goff gets the ball out, intended for St. Brown. The rookie’s heads-up play opened up some space between him and the Viking defenders couldn’t close in on time. Touchdown!
St. Brown is immediately swarmed by teammates as the entire sideline rushes onto the field to celebrate the rookie’s remarkable catch that handed the Lions their first win of the season.
As this is both his first career touchdown and first win as a professional football player, this will surely be something St. Brown will remember for the rest of his life.
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