Dan Campbell: Jared Goff and D.J. Chark weren’t on the same page on Lions’ last play

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With the Lions trailing the Bills 25-22 late in the fourth quarter today, D.J. Chark got open past the Bills’ secondary for a potential game-winning touchdown. But Jared Goff threw the ball short, and the pass fell incomplete. After the game, Lions coach Dan Campbell said the play call was good but the execution was not.

“We liked the play call. It didn’t work out and we kicked the field goal,” Campbell said. “Chark, I’m not sure he ever really saw it until it was real late. I just don’t think he really saw it, so, obviously, yeah, they weren’t on the same page.”

If Goff had thrown a better ball, Chark could have caught it in stride and scored a touchdown, which with the extra point would have given the Lions a 29-25 lead. Instead the Lions settled for a field goal and a 25-25 tie.

Needing only a field goal to win, Josh Allen easily marched the Bills into field goal range for the game-winning kick and the 28-25 victory. That missed connection between Goff and Chark costing the Lions four points was very big in a game they lost by three.

17 responses to “Dan Campbell: Jared Goff and D.J. Chark weren’t on the same page on Lions’ last play

  1. That’s why Jared Goff got traded by LA – Wonderboy McVay lost confidence in him because he was ALWAYS prone to whiff on crucial plays & today’s a prime example!

  2. And if Bass makes the extra point then it wouldn’t have mattered.
    The universe corrected itself

  3. Bills aren’t the powerhouse we all thought they were.

    Dan Campbell needs to play some Madden, or hire someone to direct the play clock management in the final 2-3 minutes of games, because that clock management single handedly is the reason the bills somehow won

  4. hoatherebuddy says:
    November 24, 2022 at 10:28 pm
    Bills aren’t the powerhouse we all thought they were.

    Dan Campbell needs to play some Madden, or hire someone to direct the play clock management in the final 2-3 minutes of games, because that clock management single handedly——-
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    LOL, considering the Bills have been playing with an injured QB, and 2nd string players everywhere, you are wrong.. Your problem is that they will be very healthy by playoff time.

  5. The lions have some dudes.. the bills do too except they are all hurt. If they can get healthy watch out… if they can’t.. they are a one and done playoff team

  6. So basically Campbell is throwing his players under the bus to make sure everyone knows the loss wasn’t his fault. Got it!

  7. The Lion’s problem isn’t the offense. It’s the defense. No reason they should have let the Bills move the ball down field as fast and easy as they did.

  8. mickeyspillane says:
    November 24, 2022 at 11:46 pm
    The lions have some dudes.. the bills do too except they are all hurt. If they can get healthy watch out… if they can’t.. they are a one and done playoff>
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    Lions were playing second string DBs, third string Guards and a practice squad DE who had two sacks. Injuries are part of the game.

  9. Playing for the tie was the reason they lost. The Lions need a new coach who knows how to run the clock and take his timeouts.

  10. Terrible clock management by Lions, why they snapped the before two minute warning, I have clue. IMO if Jamison William and at least one of their starting guards are playing the outcome would probably been different, but every team has injuries.

  11. Goff is an average game manager. He will never make the WOW play and misses on crunch time throws. Exactly why LA run him out of town. With adequate weapons and a DOMINANT defense he should take you to the playoffs but he will never put a team on his back and excel. Detroit has some defensive pieces but none are potential game wreckers. They need a playmaker at QB.

  12. billsmafia772 says:
    November 24, 2022 at 9:37 pm
    And if Bass makes the extra point then it wouldn’t have mattered.
    The universe corrected itself

    ——

    A missed kick doesn’t need the universe to “correct itself”. It happens weekly. Lions would go for it on 4th down- maybe they make it and win. If the universe needed to correct itself then the phrase “wide right” wouldn’t be forever known in super bowl lore.

  13. Most QBs are Goff-like, not Mahomes-like. There are only a handful of NFL quarterbacks who can regularly engineer final-minute drives. I think that may be the single biggest difference between top-tier QBs and good-enough QBs. (Prime example: Mac Jones’s deer-in-the-headlights play at the end of the Patriots game.)

  14. The fact that we’re even talking about why the Lions should have beaten the Bills should be a wonderful thing for Lions’ fans. The Bills are one of the best NFL teams. Perhaps the best. The Lions have been one of the worst NFL teams over the last 20 years. Perhaps the worst. Things are looking up in Detroit. Just keep doing whatever you’re doing. If you’re going from worst to best, it probably isn’t happening overnight, but it does appear that things are going in the right direction. It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to say that. Goff isn’t Joe Montana, but he has led a team to a super bowl.

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