The Detroit Lions seemed to go through the motions for most of their Week 5 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis.
They couldn’t move the ball much. The defense played OK. They seemed poised to take 0-5 without much of a fight.
But then, the Lions forced a fumble and recovered it. D’Andre Swift ran for a touchdown. Then coach Dan Campbell decided to go for two with under a minute left … and the Lions converted.
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Suddenly, they had a one-point lead.
But then. …
The Vikings found a way to move down the field, and though Kirk Cousins seemed to take his sweet time to stop the clock, Greg Joseph’s 54-yard field goal as time expired ended the Lions’ hopes of notching Campbell’s first victory as coach with a 19-17 loss.
Folks on Twitter couldn’t believe the Lions came back to take the lead. But they certainly could believe them losing it at the buzzer.
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But there’s a little room for criticism:
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