Amon-Ra St. Brown was “really shocked” that the Vikings defensive backs weren’t guarding the goal line

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The Lions got their first win in 364 days when quarterback Jared Goff — who got the first win of his career under a coach other than Sean McVay — found rookie receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown at the front of the goal line for a game-winning touchdown.

So how surprised was St. Brown by the fact that the Vikings weren’t covering the goal line on the last play of the game?

“I was really shocked, actually,” St. Brown told PFT by phone after the 29-27 win. “The corner . . . I think he went like four or five yards deep into the end zone. It was perfect. I was running at him, and he actually just stayed there. He didn’t even come up. In my head I was like, ‘This is the perfect situation.’ As I broke in, there was no one in front of me. It just worked out perfect for us.”

Indeed it did. And the play was a simple one. St. Brown said they’ve been running it since training camp.

“That’s one of our two-minute end-of-the-game situations,” St. Brown said. “It’s not too crazy of a play concept. . . . [W]hen we call this play at the end of the game it’s basically get one or two yards into the end zone so when I catch it, I’m in the end zone. That was the biggest thing for me on that play was it’s an ‘in’ route but making sure you catch it in the end zone because there’s no time left on the clock. If I’d caught that a yard before the end zone, game over. We have no timeouts. The biggest thing for me was just making sure I get in that end zone.”

The Vikings made that task easier by inexplicably not guarding the front of the end zone. That blunder by coach Mike Zimmer puts a major crimp in Minnesota’s postseason plans, which could in turn prompt some big changes after the season.

26 responses to “Amon-Ra St. Brown was “really shocked” that the Vikings defensive backs weren’t guarding the goal line

  1. Doesn’t matter if the Vikings win Thursday. It’s time to move on from Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman.

  2. I wouldn’t blame Zimmer. It’s quite possible he told his defense to guard the line and they just didn’t listen. The Viking defense has a history of that, you know.

  3. How come the Lions didn’t have to attempt a PAT?Theoretically, the Viking could have blocked it/forced a fumble and returned it to tie the game up. I’m pretty knowledgeable about the rules, but that one stumps me

  4. Nothing like a rookie wideout calling out your crappy defense. 😃
    Oh, those Minnesota Vikings and their obnoxious loudmouth fans, the Yuletide gift that keeps on giving. 🤣

  5. jbarr1 says:
    How come the Lions didn’t have to attempt a PAT?Theoretically, the Viking could have blocked it/forced a fumble and returned it to tie the game up.
    ==

    By strick interpretation of the rule they should have had to attempt the extra point.
    However, in that situation if Dan Campbell has two brain cells (insert your own joke here) he lines up to go for two and tells his QB to take a knee. With no time on the clock it’s game over.

  6. I’m guessing we won’t be hearing about the Packers traditionally horrible defense at all this week.

  7. Shouldn’t have shocked one vikings fan whos been a fan for long… Knew it was going to happen but made Goff look like Rodgers or Brady. Jc

  8. My god is Zimmer a moron. I’ve been saying for years that he’s in over his head as a head coach. He couldn’t coordinate a decent defense without a defensive minded head coach. It’s the old “he knew Bill Parcells” thing where if somebody knew Parcells they’re given a job as well as the benefit of the doubt for much longer than they should have. Zimmer is a horrible coach and couldn’t be with a more perfect franchise for him.

  9. “That’s one of our two-minute end-of-the-game situations,” St. Brown said. “It’s not too crazy of a play concept. . . . [W]hen we call this play at the end of the game it’s basically get one or two yards into the end zone so when I catch it, I’m in the end zone”

    He’s probably saying too much there

  10. 7 games this year have come this. The last play in all 7,we lose! Terrible! Looks like changes are coming. Play calling wasn’t that great either.

  11. You wouldn’t be so shocked if you would’ve called your brother and asked him how Kevin King played him in that scheme. Prevent defense, good move.

  12. I can’t tell if the Packer fans are happy the Vikings lost or twice as angry that the Vikings beat their team. What I do know is; they sure do make up a lot of stories about what Viking fans have said in the past.

  13. The Vikings played this like 7v7 from the 11 yard line on the last two plays of the game. Three man rush and the DBs did not not even attempt to defend the goal line. Goff missed a wide open guy to the right on the previous play. Then the winner was just embarrassing. That was a JV high school football mistake. I like Zim, but this is the end of Zim in Minnesota. They will likely wait until the end of the season but it is over. NFL DBs don’t know enough to defend the goal line. That is some bad stuff right there, professional malpractice. Nothing Zim can say to justify it.

  14. I’m rowing against the current here, but… I like Zim, and I still think he’s a capable coach. We’ve had many exciting victories and some solid seasons during his tenure. I think he’s a victim of two things this year: Kubiak’s son inheriting the OC job -and- a ridiculous number of injuries to key players. For what he’s had to work with, it could be much worse.

  15. The defense hasn’t been the same since George Edwards left. The problem with two defensive coordinators is you really have no defensive coordinators. It has not been a good defense since they went to this two headed mess. This is why you have one head coach and even one President.

  16. Yeah. I’ve been a fan of Zimmer and Rick for a long time. It’s time to move on to a whole new coaching staff. Man, we could’ve had Stefanski.

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