Jared Goff Syndication: Detroit Free Press

If the Detroit Lions beat the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the team will clinch the NFC North division for the first time since 1993. And it sounds like quarterback Jared Goff understands just how much that would mean to the city of Detroit.

During a press conference this week, Jared Goff was asked about the chance to clinch the division this week, and he acknowledged just what it would mean to the fans and the city.

“I understand how special it’ll be for the city,” Goff said. “Absolutely, we understand that and how long the fans have waited and all that, we certainly understand that, but I think we have to focus on what we can control and that’s this week right now.”

But at the same time, Goff made it clear that the team isn’t necessarily allowing the drought to weigh on them.

“It’s really just that, is that a win gets us the division and we understand, we understand, we get it,” quarterback Jared Goff said in his Wednesday press conference. “I think I’ve said this before, but we don’t carry the weight of the last 30 years here, we don’t. It’s the 2023 Lions and we’re different than last year’s team and the year before and 30 years before that.

“So, we’re trying to make our mark this year and we have a chance to do it this week. But yeah, it’s been a long season, we’ve had some success and hopefully can get it done.”

We’ll have to see whether or not the Lions can get it done.

[Pro Football Talk]