July 12, 2024

The Detroit Lions concluded the regular season with a 30-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, finishing with a 12-5 record. In a standout performance, Jared Goff showcased precision, completing 23-of-32 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns, while efficiently handling the Vikings’ blitz-heavy defense. The defense, led by a strong showing from the defensive line, created havoc with 11 quarterback hits and three sacks.

Running backs David Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs both reached the end zone, with Montgomery surpassing 1,000 rushing yards for the season. Despite modest rushing statistics, Goff’s stellar performance compensated for any shortcomings. Wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown delivered a remarkable showing with seven receptions for 144 yards and a touchdown, solidifying his impact. The tight end position faced challenges with Sam LaPorta’s injury, but the unit still contributed, notably with James Mitchell’s 24-yard catch.

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The offensive line held firm against the Vikings’ pressure, allowing Goff to be sacked only once. The defensive line’s strong performance included standout plays from Aidan Hutchinson, Levi Onwuzurike, Romeo Okwara, and Josh Paschal. Linebacker Jack Campbell led the team with 12 tackles and a sack, showcasing his prowess at the right time. The secondary, despite manufacturing pressure, faced challenges against star receivers, conceding significant yards and touchdowns.

Special teams had a strong showing, with punter Jack Fox excelling and Kalif Raymond making significant returns. Kicker Michael Badgley missed an extra-point attempt but redeemed himself with a late-half field goal. Coaching, led by Ben Johnson, Aaron Glenn, and head coach Dan Campbell, guided the Lions to a division championship and 12-win season, marking a significant achievement after a challenging journey. Despite the aggressive approach falling short of securing the NFC’s No. 2 seed, the coaching staff’s resilience and commitment to the team’s identity contributed to hosting the Lions’ first playoff game in 30 years. The overall grade for coaching was an A.

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