These teams did not go quietly into the night in Week 13, their seasons may be done but they gave their home fans at least one last smile to take into the holidays

These teams did not go quietly into the night in Week 13, their seasons may be done but they gave their home fans at least one last smile to take into the holidays


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Of course, I have to conclude with the Lions.

Were the Vikings without star running back Dalvin Cook, their starting left tackle, some defensive linemen, two starting linebackers, a cornerback, and lost wide receiver Adam Thielen in the first half? Yes.

Did the Vikings fail to convert 2-point conversion attempts on both of their second-half touchdowns on plays that appeared to lack any cohesion or creativity? Yes.

Still, this is a sports business that deals with feelings, and anyone not rooting for the Vikings should’ve felt at least the slightest warm tingly feeling watching the Lions win their first game of the 2021 season Sunday.

The Lions have been so close this year, including a game they lost to the Vikings in October that ended on a 54-yard field goal as time expired at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. This game ended at Ford Field in Detroit with a Jared Goff touchdown pass as time expired. That game-winning drive followed the Vikings taking their first lead since early in the second quarter following a strip-sack of Goff.

A depleted division foe is always a good opportunity for a win, but the Lions had to pull this one out with their claws. They had to overcome a Goff interception earlier in the fourth and hold the Vikings to nothing those final three drives. They also held the Vikings scoreless in the second quarter.

Regarding the standings, the only effect this loss has is it hurts the Vikings. They’ve played in so many close games this season, and recent wins against the Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Chargers gave them real credibility. Now the Vikings have lost two consecutive games, including one to a winless team, and find themselves on the outside of the NFC playoff picture.

Clearly, this is not a good look for the Vikings, but for just a bit, let’s just stay positive and congratulate the Lions. No matter how many millions you make, losing is miserable. For one afternoon they and their fans were able to revel in victory and it took a whole 13 weeks to get there. They should all enjoy it, especially, on the heels of the Michigan Wolverines making their first College Football Playoff.





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