Vikings Throw Away Key Victory with Late Defensive Collapse
DETROIT (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings are perfectly aware of what they wasted on Sunday afternoon.
Needing a win to maintain a solid chance at an NFC playoff spot, they had things under control. With 1:50 to play and a 27-23 lead, all they had to do was stop the winless Detroit Lions from driving 75 yards with no timeouts.
They couldn’t do it. Jared Goff hit Amon-Ra St. Brown for an 11-yard touchdown as time expired, giving the Lions an inexplicable 29-27 victory.
Goff led the Lions on that 75-yard decisive possession after Kirk Cousins threw a go-ahead 3-yard touchdown pass to Justin Jefferson with 1:50 left. The Vikings failed on a 2-point conversion for the third time. Those missed opportunities proved costly.
Goff threw two touchdown passes in the first half to put Detroit ahead by 14 points for its biggest lead this season.
The 5-7 Vikings host the Pittsburgh Steelers this Thursday night at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
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