Amon-Ra St. Brown makes Commanders cuss, Detroit Lions shine in win

Momentum was fleeting after the Detroit Lions’ hot start, and as Amon-Ra St. Brown took a handoff from Jared Goff on an end-around in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Washington Commanders, St. Brown heard a chorus he has made enemies utter more times than he can count.

“No one even knew I had the ball,” St. Brown said. “I don’t even think the safety that was looking at me knew I had the ball, and all I hear from the defense is, ‘Oh shit,’ from everyone. And I knew — I knew at that point it was going to be a big play.”

St. Brown broke a 58-yard run one play after a Commanders touchdown to set up a sigh-of-relief score by D’Andre Swift; the second-year receiver delivered several more big plays Sunday as the Lions survived a second-half scare to beat Washington, 36-27, at Ford Field.

Detroit Lions receivers DJ Chark, left, and Amon-Ra St.  Brown, right, celebrate Brown's touchdown catch against Washington Commanders cornerback William Jackson III (3) during the first half at Ford Field, Sept.  18, 2022.

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St. Brown caught nine passes for 116 yards and scored the game-clinching touchdown — his second of the day — with seven minutes to play.

He tied an NFL record with at least eight catches in his eighth straight game. dating back to last season, and his heroics and the play of several other Lions — role players and stars alike — helped the team avoid an 0-2 start for the third straight year.

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