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Happy Monday morning, everyone. What a weekend of football (and basketball, and soccer, and golf and... yada yada yada). I'm still glued to my couch and don't plan on getting up until Patriots vs. Bills ends later tonight.

Let's get right to it.

Good morning to everyone, but especially to...


It was happening again: the Lions were going to find a way to lose. A brutal interception. A questionable-at-best decision to go for it on fourth down deep in their own territory, which resulted in a fumble. A go-ahead score given up late.

Lions fans, you'd seen this movie too many times. But this time the movie had a new ending.

  • Jared Goff engineered a 14-play, 75-yard drive in one minute and 50 seconds, capped by a game-winning touchdown to Amon-Ra St. Brown as time expired.
  • The Lions won for the first time this season, beating the Vikings 29-27.

It was their first win since exactly one year ago today: Dec. 6, 2020. And it earned a well-deserved "A" grade from NFL scribe John Breech:

  • Breech: "The win wasn't just big for the Lions, it was also big for Goff and that's mainly because this victory marked the first time in his career that he's won a game without Sean McVay. Going into Week 13, Goff had been 0-16-1 in his career in games where he wasn't coached by McVay."

Listen, it's easy to make fun of the Lions. They've given us plenty of reasons to do so. But these guys care, and moments like these mean a lot. Listen to first-year coach Dan Campbell after a heartbreaking loss in Week 5... and then listen to him yesterday after the win.

The Lions are 1-10-1. This is the first step in what may still be a long, long rebuild. But it's an important step. It's a winning step. And it's a good -- scratch that... -- it's a great morning for the Lions.

Honorable mentions:

And not such a good morning for...


As good of a morning as it is in Detroit, it's an equally bad morning in Minneapolis. There are few other ways to put it: this is an awful loss for the Vikings.

  • Already without Dalvin Cook (among several other starters), the Vikings saw Adam Thielen exit with an ankle injury.
  • Minnesota sleepwalked through the first half and trailed 20-6 at halftime.
  • Then it took the lead with under two minutes to go before giving up a game-winning drive to a team that had specialized in finding ways to lose games all season. The game-winning score they allowed was shockingly easy.

And here's a wild stat: the Vikings have led by at least four points in every single game this season -- the only team to do that -- and are 5-7. Sunday continued Minnesota's befuddling tradition of being unable to do anything consistently except be inconsistent. 

They have now followed impressive mid-November wins against the Chargers and Packers with disappointing losses to the 49ers and now the previously winless Lions. Plus, the latest loss came on a day when fellow NFC Wild Card contenders Philadelphia and Washington both won.

The Vikings face a short turnaround (they play the Steelers on Thursday), and their margin for error going forward is non-existent.

Not so honorable mention:

Chiefs continue to dominate Broncos, run winning streak to five games

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