KICK THE FIELD GOALS, DAN!!! TAKE THE POINTS.
Like the game against Dallas, when he went for 2 at the end of the game, then went for it again and again, when he was further from the goal like and lost the game, Dan Campbell messed up big time yesterday, twice, in what was a much more monumental blunder.
Up 24-10 in the third quarter, in the drive after SF had cut Detroit's 17-point halftime lead to 14, Detroit drove to the SF 20s. They weren't in the red zone even, and it was 4th and 3 yards or so.
KICK THE FUCKING FIELD GOAL DAN!!
I don't really care that much about the game, but when Campbell stubbornly went for it on 4th down there, I felt the Lions were going to lose the game.
YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE POINTS WHEN IT PUTS YOU UP 3 SCORES, NOT 2.
And sure enough, SF took the momentum swing of being down only 2 TDs and marched right down the field to score a TD off a bomb to Brandon Aiyuk. Now, it's not 27-17, it's only 24-17. SF is within 1 score.
Detroit then committed a fumble, recovered by SF, and before you knew it, the game was TIED. It should have still been Detroit 27, SF 24. But it wasn't.
And before long SF had scored 2 more times and themselve had taken a 2 score lead, 34-24. And during this period, Campbell again had the option to take the FG to cut it to a one score game!! If he'd taken the FG earlier, it would be 34-30, and a TD could WIN THE GAME for Detroit.
But he passed it up again, and so finally got his TD when it was tooo late. Instead of making SF super nervous about whether they could stop them, they were in position with a 2 score lead to never feel too much heat.
Either FG would have kept Detroit within a score of at least tying the game until the end. Taking both would have put Detroit in position to win the game in regulation.
Instead, Detroit, which is the ONLY NFL team in existence since the Super Bowl was created to have never been in the game. And they'll have to wait longer because Dan Campbell is a stubborn coach who let his team, and the City of Detroit, down.
There are times to go for it on 4th down These were not those times.
And if I could see it in the moment, then Dan Campbell should have seen it. He lost the game for his Lions. His players played well enough to win the game. He took 6 points off the board and that was the difference.
Just had to get that off my chest.