The Detroit Lions are the first to lose two games in one season by making kicks over 50 yards with no time remaining on the clock. The Vikings kicker Greg Joseph nailed the 54-yard game-winner after a Lions offensive drive that seen the team give everything they have but still fall short.
Here’s a breakdown of the Detroit Lions’ latest painful loss.
A game that many expected to see a lot of points be scored turned into a great defensive battle between the NFC North rivals. The game was a field goal-kicking battle until the Vikings put the first touchdown on the board late in the second quarter that gave Minnesota a 6-13 lead heading into the locker room.
The start of the second half continued to be a battle of defenses as neither team could find the scoreboard in the third quarter. It wasn’t until under five minutes in the fourth quarter that the Vikings found the first points of the half with another Joseph field goal that put Minnesota up 6-16. All seemed lost for the Lions, and inevitable defeat waited in the wings. However, this Detroit team didn’t give up.
The Detroit Lions went on to score 11 unanswered points with under five minutes to play in the game. The biggest play came with 41 seconds remaining when D’Andre Swift found the endzone, followed by a gutsy two-point conversion that gave Detroit the lead with only 37 seconds remaining.
The story doesn’t end with head coach Dan Campbell getting his first win on the road in rival territory. In those final 37 seconds, Vikings QB Kirk Cousins led his team down to field goal range and delivered another gut punch to the Detroit faithful. Lions fans already dealt with the Justin Tucker field goal at Ford Field that seen the team lose 19-17.
Once again, the team would lose by the same score as a kick went through the uprights with no time remaining. Heartbreaking doesn’t even begin to describe the start of this season and a season that is already hitting coach Campbell in a cruel way. Here’s what he had to say after the game.
The Lions will look to get back on track next week as they welcome a Cincinnati Bengals team who lost to the Green Bay Packers in the most bizarre game of Week Five.
The Detroit Lions are still searching for that first win of the season and look like a team still fighting for their organization. Fans want victories, but seeing this team’s never-give-up attitude is making Detroit proud.