The Detroit Lions won a game in a new way Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers. It was an outright defense-optional shootout, with a combined 954 yards of offense, 47 combined first downs, 79 points and nary a stain on either quarterback's jersey afterward.
It was likely going to come down to who had the ball last, at least if the game was going to end in regulation, and a gutsy fourth down call by Lions head coach Dan Campbell) inside of two minutes to go, not to mention high-level execution by quarterback Jared Goff on the play, allowed the Lions to be that team and kick the game-winning field goal on the final play.
There were plenty of winners for the Lions on Sunday, and 7-2 is a great place to be no matter how imperfect the wins look in some areas. As Campbell noted in his postgame speech, finding a way to win is what good teams do.
So let's get to it, with five big winners and one notable loser for the Lions in Week 10.
5 big winners (and one big loser) from Detroit Lions Week 10 win over the Los Angeles Chargers
Winner: Jared Goff
Goff threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns against the Chargers, and apart from that he showed some high-level non-physical execution. After the game it was revealed the Lions had the wrong personnel in the game for a certain play call, so Goff checked into a run. 75 yards later, David Montgomery scored.
On the aforementioned 4th-and-2 to seal the win, Ted Nguyen of The Athletic broke down how Goff moved through his progression and was a cool customer before hitting Sam LaPorta to move the chains.
Goff's fourth quarter touchdown pass was also apparently an audible, though a more conventional one when the Chargers presented a certain look defensively.
Any way you look at it, Goff was at the top of his game on Sunday. And all the way to end, he had to be.