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‘We can play with anybody’

CJ Moore was shocked when the play call came in.

It was fourth-and-8 early in the third quarter and the Detroit Lions had the ball at their own 26-yard line, up seven points in a game against the division rival Minnesota Vikings with their playoffs hopes on the line.

The Lions lost to the Vikings in September on a coaching decision that burns Dan Campbell to this day, and here the head coach was, in the game of the season, defying conventional wisdom again.

Moore, like most everyone else at Ford Field on Sunday, figured the Lions would punt and trust a defense that had played well in the first half.

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But Campbell called for a fake punt, and when the Vikings gave Lions the look they wanted, Moore took a direct snap and sprinted 42 yards down the home sideline.

Lions safety CJ Moore celebrates after running back a fake punt against the Vikings during the second half of the Lions' 34-23 win over the Vikings on Sunday, Dec.  11, 2022, at Ford Field.

“Man, gutsy,” Moore said after the game. “And it just shows how much confidence he has in us and when he when the call came in, I’m like, ‘Fourth-and-8, fourth-and-7, shit. All right, let’s go.’ So yeah, it just shows how gutsy he is and how much he believes in us, so we’re appreciative of that.”

Jared Goff threw his third touchdown pass of the game nine plays after Moore’s run, and the Lions went on to beat the Vikings, 34-23, to improve their playoff standing.