April 24, 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 might have value them a minimum of six factors.

Campbell made the choice to forgo field-goal makes an attempt in favor of attempting 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 Sport 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 move to Josh Reynolds, however it was incomplete.

Within the fourth quarter, Detroit might have been capable of tie the sport with a area purpose however selected to go for it on 4th-and-3. Goff fired a move to Amon-Ra St. Brown, however it was incomplete as nicely.

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

“I’ve little question Dan Campbell is a good chief and conjures up his staff nicely,” former Inexperienced Bay Packers govt Andrew Brandt wrote. “However his choices have damage them immediately.”

“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 whole philosophy is to go for it however I imply….I’m surprised,” Barstool Sports activities’ Dave Portnoy wrote.

“This momentum shift is on Dan Campbell. Kick the rattling area purpose,” 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 keeping with Workforce Rankings.

Dan Campbell looks up

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

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

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