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    Last-second field goal spoils Detroit Lions’ rally, bid for first win

    Minneapolis — For the second time in three weeks, the Detroit Lions have a victory snatched away with a last-second field goal. 

    After pulling off a stunning 10-point rally in the closing minutes of the contest, and taking the lead on a daring 2-point conversion attempt, Detroit’s defense allowed the Vikings drive 46 yards in 37 seconds to set up a 54-yard game winning kick by Greg Joseph on Sunday as the Vikings escaped with a 19-17 win. 

    The Lions had fallen behind by 10 points, going scoreless in the second half prior to kicker Austin Seibert’s 40-yard field goal with 2:30 remaining.

    Despite the dwindling clock, and just one timeout remaining, the Lions still opted to kick off deep, instead of going with an onside attempt. After two short runs, and Detroit using its final timeout, the game reached the 2-minute warning with the Vikings facing third-and-7. 

    Lions quarterback Jared Goff is stripped of the football by the Vikings' Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter in the first quarter on Sunday. The Vikings recovered the fumble.

    Rather than go for the kill with a pass play, the Vikings handed it off to running back Alexander Mattison, filling in for injury starter Dalvin Cook, where Mattison was met by Jalen Reeves-Maybin. The linebacker managed to rip the ball from the running back’s grasp and give the Lions possession at the 20-yard line. 

    Three plays later, the Lions were in the end zone, on a 7-yard D’Andre Swift run. But instead of settling for a tie and overtime, Campbell called for a 2-point conversion attempt. 

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