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NFL world reacts to Detroit Lions winning first game, Minnesota Vikings fail again

Andrew Buller-Russ
NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
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It was an epic finish at Ford Field with the Detroit Lions taking on the Minnesota Vikings today. At 0-10-1, in search of their first win of the year, the Lions found themselves down again, with just 1:50 remaining as they began their march.

Down by four points, Jared Goff managed to find Amon-Ra St. Brown for an 11-yard touchdown strike as time expired at the end of the fourth quarter to put the Lions ahead for good. For head coach Dan Campbell, it was his first win as head coach of the Lions, removing an enormous amount of pressure.

The Lions put up 20 points in their second quarter to help put them in position for a win, but a competitive second-half drew the game closer. While the Lions may have made it dramatic, they held on for the much-needed victory.

Still, the Lions are 1-10-1 this season, they’re not going anywhere, but taking down a Vikings team who still has playoff hopes has to be seen as a major victory.

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Here’s a few reactions to the outcome from twitter:

And of course any time a previously-winless team finally gets into the win column, there is plenty to say about the team that allowed such atrocities to occur. Here’s some Vikings-related tweets from their latest disaster.

For a team that hasn’t had many reasons to celebrate in 2021, it’s hard not to admire the resolve of this Lions team. They didn’t give up and just came out ahead in a hard-fought battle from start to finish. They will look to start their first winning streak of the season next week taking on the Denver Broncos.

On Minnesota’s side, veteran coach Mike Zimmer’s seat has to be as warm as it’s ever been.