Goff threw two touchdown passes in the first half to put Detroit ahead by 14 points, its biggest lead this season.
Minnesota has the dubious distinction of being the first team Detroit beat this year because it missed chances to score more often, and allowed an offensively challenged team to score more than 17 points for the first time since Week 1.
The Vikings, perhaps lulled to sleep in the first half by the Lions’ gray “Color Rush” alternate uniforms that looked like pajamas, woke up with 16 points in the first 18 minutes after halftime. Minnesota had the ball inside the Detroit 20 twice in the first quarter, settling for field goals and a 6-0 lead, and kicked another field goal in the third after a drive stalled at the Lions 12.
“We came out pretty slow and when we did get into the red zone, we only came away with three,” Jefferson said. Brown had 10 receptions for 86 yards – and the winning touchdown was his first NFL score, ending Detroit’s nine-game home losing streak dating to last year.