Dan Campbell wants a re-do on this fourth quarter play from win over Vikings

The analytics supported it, and Dan Campbell said the look was there.

But had the Detroit Lions run a different play on third down, Campbell said they would not have needed to go for the highly-scrutinized fourth-and-1 they failed to convert late in Sunday’s win over the Minnesota Vikings.

“If I could have a play over in that game, it wouldn’t have been the fourth-and-1, it would have been the third-and-2 right before it,” Campbell said Monday. “That’s the one I regret. Cause I wish that I’d given a better play to Jamaal Williams there and we wouldn’t even have been sitting in a fourth-and-1.”

Lions coach Dan Campbell gives quarterback Jared Goff the last play of the game during the second half of the 29-27 win over the Vikings on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, at Ford Field.

The Lions led 23-21 with just under 5 minutes to play when they lined up on third-and-a-long-1 from their own 28-yard line.

Williams took a handoff from Jared Goff on a dive up the middle, but was stopped just short of a first down by Vikings defensive end Kenny Willekes, who beat a pulling block by T.J. Hockenson.

Campbell elected to try and convert on fourth-and-short, a move that increased the Lions’ chances of winning by 4½ percentage points. When the Lions failed, the Vikings took over at the Lions’ 19-yard line and scored the go-ahead touchdown six plays later.

On fourth down, Campbell eschewed another run — the Vikings had stopped the Lions on a fourth-and-1 quarterback sneak early in the game — and called a play-action pass designed for Williams in the flat.

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Linebacker Blake Lynch did not bite on a poorly-executed run fake and knocked a fumble loose from Goff’s hand.

After Minnesota’s go-ahead touchdown, the Lions answered with their own score as time expired for their first win.

“As far as the fourth-and-1, look, did I love it?…


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