DETROIT.— Jared Goff he threw a touchdown pass and completed one to get the first and ten that sealed the victory against the team that discarded him, and the Detroit Lions won a playoff game for the first time in 32 years, beating Matthew Stafford and the Rams The Angels 24-23 on Sunday night.
The Lions (13-5) ended a nine-game postseason losing streak, the longest in NFL history, with their most recent win over Dallas on January 5, 1992. Two years later they lost a playoff game at home and They hadn’t received another one since.
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Detroit will have two postseason games in their stadium for the first time in franchise history, when they host either Tampa Bay or Philadelphia in the divisional round on next Sunday.
The Rams (10-8) had a chance to take advantage at the end of the fourth quarter, but Detroit’s defense held on. A holding penalty took Los Angeles out of field goal territory and Stafford, who was the Lions’ quarterback for many years and won a superbowl After being traded to the Rams, he threw an incomplete pass in fourth chance.
On the first play after the two-minute pause, Goff connected with Amon-Ra St. Brown for 11 yards, allowing the Lions to run out the game clock, to the delight of their fans, who suffered a lot to witness the second postseason victory since they won the NFL title in 1957.
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Against the franchise he once took to the Super Bowl, Goff was 22 of 27 for 277 yards and threw a two-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Sam LaPorta to put Detroit ahead 21-10 midway through the second quarter. The Lions acquired Goff and a pair of first-round picks in exchange for Stafford three years ago.
Stafford, who played much of the game with his hand bandaged and bloodied after hitting it against a defender’s helmet, ended up with 25 of 36 passes for 367 yards and two touchdowns.