Would this even be a Vikings game in 2021 if it wasn’t close?
Minnesota played Detroit evenly for the second time this season. The Lions drove down the field and ended up on fourth-and-two with just seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Week 13 matchup.
The Vikings had a chance to turn things around. The Lions had a chance at their first win. Detroit QB Jared Goff found WR Amon-Ra St. Brown in the end zone as time expired on Sunday. The Lions’ 15-game winless streak snapped as the hearts of Minnesota fans everywhere broke.
Where do the Vikings go from here?
Final score: Lions 29, Vikings 27
Sons of Norway Viking Tom Francisco is silhouetted against the raging bonfire during Julefest at Poulsbo’s Waterfront Park on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. Syndication: Kitsap Sun
Keys to the game:
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Mattison thrives in relief: The Vikings were without Dalvin Cook, but Alexander Mattison stepped up and did well in both the rushing and receiving game.
Goff goes off: Jared Goff not only made the game-winning touchdown pass, but he also had 296 passing yards. He finished with three touchdown passes and one pick.
Zimmer’s hot seat gets hotter: The Vikings were expected to win that one. Minnesota falls to 5-7 in a year where expectations ran high.
Stars of the week:
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*** LB Blake Lynch: He had two sacks and nine total tackles. With LBs Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks both out, the Vikings needed Lynch to succeed.
** WR Justin Jefferson: He had 182 receiving yards and a touchdown reception.
* DE D.J. Wonnum: He had a sack, including two QB hits.
It was over when...
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Goff put the Vikings away with that game-winning touchdown pass.
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The Vikings are back at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 14.