The Detroit Lions were on their way to their second winless season in franchise history after 10 losses and one tie. Then, they pulled off a crazy walk-off win over the Minnesota Vikings to finally get into the “W” column for this season.
It is the first win for Jared Goff after being traded from the Los Angeles Rams and the first for first-time head coach Dan Campbell. The two shared a big hug after the win. The win was extra special considering the Lions wore shirts and stickers to honor the victims of the recent tragedy at Oxford High School, which is located in a Detroit suburb.
The Lions wore special T-shirts, hats and a helmet decal on Sunday to honor the victims in the Oxford High School shooting. pic.twitter.com/3z1RQmG2Yn
— ESPN (@espn) December 5, 2021
The sports world offered a wide variety of reactions to the Lions’ thrilling victory.
Detroit cornerback Jeff Okudah praised Amon-Ra St. Brown, who caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Goff.
Winner Winner! @amonra_stbrown 🙏🏾
— Jeff Okudah (@jeffokudah) December 5, 2021
Sportswriters and commentators shared their thoughts on the game. Detroit native Omari Sankofa II, who covers the Pistons for the Detroit Free Press, was honest about where this win ranks among Lions moments from recent years.
That was the most joyful Lions moment in at least three years lol
— Omari Sankofa II (@omarisankofa) December 5, 2021
GO @LIONS GO pic.twitter.com/CJDvgdMOEe
— Rachel Bonnetta (@rachelbonnetta) December 5, 2021
Yes, the Vikings were shorthanded today. The Lions have been shorthanded for 30 years
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) December 5, 2021
WALK IT OFF JARED GOFF
— Kazeem Famuyide 🇳🇬 🍎 (@Kazeem) December 5, 2021
last week the Vikings had to burn a timeout because their QB incorrectly identified which ass he was supposed to shove his hands into on a critical fourth quarter snap and somehow they were more embarrassing in the clutch this week
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) December 5, 2021
Bomani Jones celebrated the Lions’ win by referencing former Lions wide receiver Johnnie Morton, who had some NSFW words for television host Jay Leno after Detroit beat Minnesota in a game in 2001.
JAY LENO CAN KISS MY ASS!
— bomani (@bomani_jones) December 5, 2021
Mike Tice, a former player and coach with the Vikings, was disgusted in his old team’s loss, which featured some embarrassingly bad coverage on the final play.
And, of course, Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless each had some words for the Vikings.
The @Vikings. Good lord! They give up the game-winning TD as time expires to the then-winless @Lions. I know Cousins doesn’t play defense, but I’m just not surprised that HiS team would lose a game like this! Who’s their leader? Don’t expect Zimmer here after this season.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) December 5, 2021
Congrats, Lions. Yet … completely predictable that Detroit's first win came against Curt Cousins.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) December 5, 2021
This lowly season for Detroit will at least have this exhilarating moment to look back on.