Jim Schwartz threw an illegal challenge flag it was not, but Dan Campbell made a questionable coaching decision in his first Thanksgiving match on Thursday that helped send Detroit Lions for yet another gut-weary loss.
Campbell took a 5-yard penalty for calling back-to-back timeouts with 1:54 to play after a defensive foul communication made his secondary vulnerable on a key third-and-9.
The Bears converted on third and 4 after penalty kicks, and Cairo Santos made the battle-winning 28-yard field goal as time went on, to give the Chicago Bears a 16-14 victory over the Lions at Ford Field.
“Of course you can not do that, but we have miscommunication,” Campbell said. “Half of our secondary had one call, half had the other and so – well, got a timeout.”
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The Lions took a 14-13 lead late in the third quarter, but allowed the Bears (4-7) to end the game with an 18-play, 69-yard drive that ran the final 8 minutes, 30 seconds off the clock.
The Lions stopped David Montgomery on a 1-yard run on the first game after the two-minute warning, then took a timeout with 1:54 left.
They filled the line with eight defenders and no deep safety at the next game, then checked to a Cover 2 defense where two safeties were to be one last line of defense.
As players struggled to get into the right position when Andy Dalton called on the snap, both Campbell and defense coordinator Aaron Glenn began signaling wildly for another timeout.
“Not everyone got it,” linebacker Alex Anzalone said. “We were in Cover 0. They went in max protection), then we went to Cover 2, and not everyone got it, and I think Dan thought it was better to take the 5 yards than to drop a touchdown. It’s really smart. play, smart call from his side. “
Dalton threw completely to Damiere Byrd in 7 yards on third-and-4 after penalty kick, then took three knees before Santos came on the field for his third field goal of the match.
Campbell lamented missed opportunities after the game – the Lions were penalized 10 times for 67 yards – but stood by his decision.
“It’s a call and it’s basically a check on what they want to do and what they line up offensively is what happened,” he said. “We had half in one call, half in another, so the first thing in my head is, ‘Well, we have a blown cover, and they’re about to score a touchdown,’ so I do, which you can ‘t “and now it’s a penalty. But I know if he threw it out in the apartment, it was about to be a touchdown, so I can not do that.”
The Lions, 0-10-1 and the only undefeated team in the NFL, have lost on field goals in the last second three times this season. Justin Tucker hit an NFL record 66-yards to give Baltimore The Ravens won 19-17 over the Lions at Ford Field in Week 3, and Greg Joseph made a career-long 54-yards to give Minnesota The Vikings won 19-17 over the Lions two weeks later.
The Lions have not won a game since December 6, 2020, when they beat the Bears in Darrell Bevell’s first game as interim head coach. They play their next game on December 5 against the Vikings at Ford Field.
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“It’s frustrating and it’s emotional, 100%,” said left tackle Taylor Decker. “All the work we put into it, to be competitive with really good teams, it hurts. It hurts. But you do not want to be numb to it and then think that you do not do it for anything, because then you will be out there and you will be hopeless.I know I have said it a million times I would like to see Detroit win.God, we have been so close, so many fights but close is not good enough and it is just a fact. “
Jared Goff, returning from a strained slant, completed 12 straight passes to start the game and finished 21-to-25 in 171 yards with two touchdowns.
He opened the scoring with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Josh Reynolds, his former teammate with The angels Rams, on Lions first possession, gave the Lions a 14-13 lead late in the third quarter with a 17-yard touchdown pass to TJ Hockenson.
D’Andre Swift, who came out of 130-yard rushing fights, came back with a shoulder injury in the first half and finished with three carries for zero yards.
The Lions committed penalties on three consecutive games twice on Thursday, including once in the first half, where two false starts and a team penalty knocked them out of the field goal range, leaving them in the first-and-30 from midfield.
The Bears took a 10-7 lead at the next possession as Darnell Mooney hit fill-in nickel back Will Harris for a 52-yard win on the first down, and Dalton followed with a 17-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Jimmy Graham .
Dalton, who started in place of injured Bears rookie Justin Fields, completed 24 of 39 passes in 317 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Mooney added five catches to 123 yards for the Bears, who last Thursday entered the NFL in passing attacks at 155.8 yards per game.
“You have to learn how not to lose, and that’s something we’ve obviously had a hard time doing, especially in those close fights,” Goff said. “How do you take care of football late in the match? How do you stop in defense? How do you move the ball effectively later in the match and not hurt yourself? For me, how do I stay in my pocket and not let those guys be moved away from my place and allow a waiting call there in some cases? It’s such little things that the good teams do and do consistently, and something we’re working towards, something we’re heading towards, I think But it’s something we’re working towards . ”
This article originally appeared on the Detroit Free Press: Detroit loses again in game last game 16-14 to Chicago Bears