Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell stayed true to his technique within the NFC Championship on Sunday evening towards the San Francisco 49ers, and it might have price them at the least six factors.
Campbell made the choice to forgo field-goal makes an attempt in favor of making an attempt to transform on 4th down.
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The primary try got here with 7:03 remaining within the third quarter with the Lions up 24-10. Detroit had an opportunity to go up 17 factors, however the staff determined to go for it on 4th-and-2 on the 49ers’ 28-yard line. Jared Goff threw a move to Josh Reynolds, nevertheless it was incomplete.
Within the fourth quarter, Detroit might have been capable of tie the sport with a subject purpose however selected to go for it on 4th-and-3. Goff fired a move to Amon-Ra St. Brown, nevertheless it was incomplete as nicely.
Detroit had two alternatives to get at the least six factors on the board. Nonetheless, their aggressiveness failed twice because the 49ers surged within the second half.
The Lions misplaced the sport 34-31.
NFL followers ripped the decision-making on X.
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“I’ve little doubt Dan Campbell is a superb chief and conjures up his staff nicely,” former Inexperienced Bay Packers govt Andrew Brandt wrote. “However his selections have damage them right this moment.”
“Dan Campbell is an absolute dumba–. They will’t blame anyone however him in the event that they lose,” NESN’s Kendra Middleton wrote.
“I do know Dan Campbell total philosophy is to go for it however I imply….I am shocked,” Barstool Sports activities’ Dave Portnoy wrote.
“This momentum shift is on Dan Campbell. Kick the rattling subject purpose,” ESPN’s Matt Barrie added.
Campbell mentioned after the sport he didn’t “remorse” the selections.
“I simply felt actually good about us changing,” Campbell mentioned after the sport. “And getting our momentum and never letting them play lengthy ball. They have been bleeding the clock out – that’s what they do – and I needed to get the higher hand again.”
The Lions have been going for it on 4th down extra typically since Campbell took over as head coach. The Lions have been profitable 54.76% of the time on 4th down, which ranked twelfth within the NFL, based on Staff Rankings.
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Nonetheless, their sport plan might have price them a visit to the Tremendous Bowl.
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