Naturally, it had to come in dramatic fashion as Goff threw a game-winning touchdown pass to Amon-Ra St. Brown as time expired to shock the Minnesota Vikings.
Goff has taken a ton of criticism this season, but it’s clear he is not the main problem with the Lions.
They are a lot of pieces away from contention.
But he was still able to pull out some vintage Goff magic to win the game and as a result he received a weekly honor from the NFL.
Players of the Week – Week 13
Offense: QB Justin Herbert, LAC
Defense: LB T.J. Watt, PIT
ST: P Michael Palardy, MIA
Offense: QB Jared Goff, DET
Defense: LB Jordan Hicks, AZ
ST: RB Travis Homer, SEA
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 8, 2021
Seeing Goff on this list in 2021 adds to the bizarre way this entire season has gone.
He Finally Had A Good Game
The Lions ending their winless stretch is likely a major reason why Goff received Player of the Week honors.
He also threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns.
The last time he threw three touchdowns was all the way back in Week 1, and a late comeback assisted that total.
The best part about Sunday’s win is that Goff threw an ugly interception and the Lions still came out on top.
They finally played complementary football in 2021 and celebrated after like they won the Super Bowl.
To be fair, finally getting a win and feeling the elation is the closest thing the Lions are getting to a Super Bowl this season.
Goff had one great week and wants to keep having more to prove he is a long-term option in Detroit.
For the first time in his NFL career, Jared Goff has won a game as a starting QB without Sean McVay as his head coach. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/HsobSy66ZZ
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) December 6, 2021
His contract basically makes it impossible for the team to move on from him before 2023, but they could also consider taking a rookie and letting him develop behind Goff.
The former No. 1 pick getting back to his old ways and playing well without Sean McVay could put a hold on the quarterback search and allow the Lions to properly build a team at other positions first.