Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell dedicated a 29-27 upset win over the Minnesota Vikings to the Oxford community and to those who were affected by the recent tragedy that struck the community. "This game ball goes to the whole Oxford community and all those who were affected," Campbell said, referencing the shooting Tuesday at nearby Oxford High School that left four teenagers dead and several others with injuries.
"And that being said, man, I just ... I want us to not forget these names: Madisyn Baldwin, Hana St. Juliana, Justin Shilling, Tate Myre, Phoebe Arthur, Jon Asciutto, Riley Franz, Elijah Mueller, Kylie Ossege, Aiden Watson and Molly Darnell, who's a teacher.
"Those names for all those who will never be forgotten and they're in our hearts and in our prayers." Campbell wanted the Lions to deliver a good performance and try to give a little bit of a joy to the community.
"Like to me, I just ... my thought was, 'Hey man, if we can for three hours just ease their suffering a little bit, that's worth it. That's worth it,'" Campbell said. "And so that's kind of how I thought of this and we just did a great job.
Players, they responded, played well."
Jared Goff threw a game-winning touchdown
Goff threw a touchdown pass as time clock expired to win the Lions their first win of the season. "You never hope for a tragedy like this, but you hope to be a light for those people and a positive thing that they can have fun watching today," Goff said, fighting back tears while wearing an Oxford hat.
"I hope that they were all watching today and were able to enjoy that win, and we can take their minds off it for whatever it may be, three hours. I think anytime we can do that, it's a lot bigger than our sport, it's a lot bigger than us.
I think that today is one of those special circumstances that we were able to rise to the occasion and make something special happen." Goff connected with rookie receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown for a walk-off touchdown. "Definitely, definitely.
I mean, my first NFL touchdown, first NFL win, I'm going to remember this day for a long time," St. Brown said. "The way it happened, the way it unfolded was ... I mean it was just ... it couldn't be any better."