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Cal in NFL: Jared Goff's TD Pass on Last Play Gives Lions First Win

Keenan Allen catches two touchdown passes in Chargers' win

Former Cal star Jared Goff threw an 11-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the game to give the Detroit Lions their first win of the season, a 29-27 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Goff was outstanding in the first half, when he completed 13-of-17 passes for 185 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, giving the Lions a 20-6 lead at halftime.  However, he struggled in the second half, and it seemed the Lions were headed for their 11th loss when the Vikings scored with 1:50 left to take a 27-23 lead. Minnesota was set up for that go-ahead touchdown when Goff fumbled while trying to pass on a fourth-and-1 play from the Lions' 28-yard line.

After the Vikings' go-ahead touchdown, Goff led a 75-yard drive for the winning score. He completed eight passes to get the Lions to the Minnesota 11-yard line with eight seconds left. Goff threw an incompletion on the next play, but on a fourth-down play with four seconds remaining, Goff hit Amon-Ra St. Brown with an 11-yard touchdown pass to give Detroit the win.

Here is the entire final Detroit drive:

Goff finished the game 25-for-41 for 296 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Goff's postgame press conference:

Another former Cal standout, Keenan Allen, had a strong performance in the Los Angeles Chargers' 41-22 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Allen had five receptions for 34 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw a completion to Justin Herbert on a two-point conversion.

Allen started the day ranked third in the NFL in completions with 81 and seventh in receiving yards. He now has 86 catches for 929 catches and four touchdowns.

Here's how other former Golden Bears did in the NFL this week:

DeSean Jackson, Raiders wide receiver: Jackson caught one pass for 14 yards in Las Vegas' 17-15 loss to Washington. He has 13 catches for 375 yards and two touchdowns for the season.

Marvin Jones Jr., Jaguars wide receiver: Jones had two catches for 11 yards in Jacksonville's 37-7 loss to the Rams. He has 48 catches for 540 yards for the season.

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Ashtyn Davis, Jets safety: Davis made his seventh start of the season and had two solo tackles and one pass defensed in New York's 33-18 loss to Philadelphia.

Alex Mack, 49ers center: Mack was the starter in San Francisco's 30-23 loss to Seattle.

Camryn Bynum, Vikings  recsafety: Bynum was on the inactive list Sunday because of an ankle injury.

Patrick Laird, Dolphins running back: Laird played in Miami's 20-9 victory over the Giants but did not record any statistics.

Jaylinn Hawkins, Falcons safety: Hawkins played in Atlanta's 30-17 loss to Tampa Bay, but he did not have any statistics.

Jake Curhan, Seahawks offensive lineman: Curhan was not a starter, but he got into the game against the 49ers.


Cover photo of Keenan Allen is by Joseph Maiorana, USA TODAY Sports


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