June 16, 2024
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Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell stayed true to his technique within the NFC Championship on Sunday evening in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers, and it could have value them a minimum of 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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Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell reacts previous to a recreation in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers within the NFC Championship Recreation at Levi’s Stadium on Jan. 28, 2024 in Santa Clara, California. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Pictures)

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 cross to Josh Reynolds, but it surely was incomplete.

Within the fourth quarter, Detroit could have been capable of tie the sport with a subject objective however selected to go for it on 4th-and-3. Goff fired a cross to Amon-Ra St. Brown, but it surely was incomplete as effectively.

Detroit had two alternatives to get a minimum of 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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Josh Reynolds misses

Josh Reynolds, #8 of the Detroit Lions, is unable to make a catch in the course of the third quarter in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers within the NFC Championship Recreation at Levi’s Stadium on Jan. 28, 2024 in Santa Clara, California. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Pictures)

“I’ve little doubt Dan Campbell is a superb chief and evokes his staff effectively,” former Inexperienced Bay Packers government Andrew Brandt wrote. “However his selections have harm them as we speak.”

“Dan Campbell is an absolute dumba–. They’ll’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’m shocked,” Barstool Sports activities’ Dave Portnoy wrote.

“This momentum shift is on Dan Campbell. Kick the rattling subject objective,” ESPN’s Matt Barrie added.

Campbell stated after the sport he didn’t “remorse” the choices.

“I simply felt actually good about us changing,” Campbell stated 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, in line with Workforce Rankings.

Dan Campbell looks up

Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell reacts in the course of the third quarter in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers within the NFC Championship Recreation at Levi’s Stadium on Jan. 28, 2024 in Santa Clara, California. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Pictures)

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Nonetheless, their recreation plan could have value them a visit to the Tremendous Bowl.

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