The Detroit Lions regretted throwing the ball, not calling the play, on the final drive


DETROIT – Dan Campbell has seen what Josh Allen can do. the whole world. Allen’s quick hits against Kansas City in the playoffs last season are legendary. So as the Lions clawed their way in the final moments of a game of tie-breaker against Buffalo, Campbell was as concerned with the clock as anything else.


Leave this guy so much on the clock, nothing the offense does will matter anyway.

“It’s like you’re trying to balance making sure we get a field goal off that bottom line,” Campbell said. “Let’s see if we can score a touchdown on the ice, but also not leave them enough time as you’re trying to balance all that stuff.”

It all came to a head in a decisive third and 1 with just 32 seconds left. The Lions decided to go to the jugular rather than just play for the tie, and quarterback Jared Goff found DJ Chark cross the right sideline of the end zone.

Shark was so wide open that he started waving his hand in the air for the ball.

But Goff put the pass short and wide, and Shark swerved around trying to track him down. So the Lions settled for a game-tying field goal with 23 seconds remaining, which proved to be a very long time. Allen caught Stefon Diggs for a 36-yard pass on the next play from scrimmage, and Tyler Bass made the game-winning field goal to send Detroit to a 28-25 loss in a Thanksgiving Day classic at Ford Field.

The deep passing decision on third-and-one became polarizing due to the loss, but the Lions defended the call after the game.

“It was a great call,” said Goff. “That was a great call. There are four receivers on the play, and you can throw any of them. And the one I picked was open, but we didn’t hit it, so we can guess all we want, but no, I love the call, and I hope I can make it work somehow.” “.

Jove throwing over the call itself. After all, the call resulted in a receiver wide open for a light touchdown. Buffalo loaded the box with nine men anticipating a run, leaving to engage man-to-man coverage with cornerback Dane Jackson.

Shark left him in the dust, and began waving his hand at the ball. But Gough threw a weak ball, so short and so wide, Shark didn’t even come close to finding it.

They spent over 5 minutes talking one-on-one in the locker room after the game and then a few minutes later Goff took the blame, saying the botched play was on him and not Chark or the call.

“I wish I had thrown a different ball,” Goff said. “I thought the call was great and had some options to do there. And yeah, if you had to do it again, would you do something different? I don’t know, maybe. But if you throw a better ball? It might not matter.”

“Unfortunately, that will be the play that will be the focus, but there are a lot of plays that could have gone either way today as well.”

Campbell also did some scrutiny of his clock management on that drive, but said he kept his timeouts and let those precious seconds run down before releasing plays because he was trying to balance letting his team go with enough time while making sure Allen had a little bit of time. Available time.

It didn’t work out, but Campbell had no regrets after the match.

He said, “We were good.” “You were so good at how we worked.”

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