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Double move works on Stefon Diggs' deep TD

Stefon Diggs launched himself off his left foot at the 4-yard line and reached to full extension.

His knee hit the turf just beyond the goal line but the football didn't.

The rookie's first career touchdown gave the Vikings their first lead of the day. The amazing play is worth watching over and over. Minnesota, however, never looked back Sunday in a 28-19 win at Detroit.

"I thought it was going to be a little bit out of my reach," Diggs explained on laying out for the 36-yard reception.

Diggs led all receivers with 108 yards on six catches (18 yards per catch) and continued to build trust with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who said to himself, "It's going to be six (points)," during the play that incorporated a double move by Diggs, who first broke to the outside before smoothly shifting gears and directions and using straight-line speed.

"We did a great job of setting that play up," Bridgewater said. "We knew Detroit (1-6) had seen us run a certain route so many times and those guys were sitting on it. We knew we could get a favorable matchup with Diggs over there. He did a great job of setting the route up. All I had to do was lay it out there, and he went and made the play."

Receiver Mike Wallace said he saw the whole play and said to himself, "Go get it, go get it," as if doing so would allow Diggs to catch it.

"It seems like when the ball is in the air it takes forever to come down, but it was a great play," said Wallace, who added four catches for 36 yards, as one of 11 Vikings players with a reception.

Bridgewater finished 25-of-35 passing for 316 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions for a rating of 118.3. The second-year pro overcame pressure from the Lions and a deficit that reached 11 points twice. He led drives that resulted in points on seven of Minnesota's first eight possessions and helped the Vikings (4-2) sweep the Lions for the first time since 2012.

Diggs, who was selected as the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 6 when he had success on out routes, became the first Vikings player to post 80 or more yards in his first three games since Randy Moss in 1998. 

Diggs, a fifth-round selection, has 19 catches for 324 yards (17.1 per catch) and said he's benefitting from "a lot of attention" that defenses are paying to Adrian Peterson (19 carries for 98 yards, including a 75-yarder in the second half). Diggs said he enjoyed seeing fullback Zach Line rumble for the longest reception of the day. Line, a Michigan native, turned a short check-down throw into a 49-yard gain.

"AP attracts a lot of attention. I'm happy he and Zach Line broke ones," Diggs said. "On Zach's play, I was just trying to run around for him. He was running crazy. That was the fastest I've seen Zach run."

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