In the aftermath of a controversial 20-19 loss to the Dallas CowboysDetroit Lions coach Dan Campbell found himself frustrated as chaos surrounded a crucial 2-point conversion attempt.

Despite Campbell‘s pregame explanations to officials about the planned play, the Lions felt they were denied a potential victory, affecting their pursuit of the top seed in the NFC playoffs.

In the aftermath of a controversial 20-19 loss to the Dallas CowboysDetroit Lions coach Dan Campbell found himself frustrated as chaos surrounded a crucial 2-point conversion attempt.

Despite Campbell‘s pregame explanations to officials about the planned play, the Lions felt they were denied a potential victory, affecting their pursuit of the top seed in the NFC playoffs.

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The pivotal moment occurred when offensive lineman Taylor Decker caught a 2-point conversion pass, seemingly giving Detroit a one-point lead with just 23 seconds left. However, officials ruled Decker ineligible, claiming he hadn’t reported as an eligible receiver. The subsequent attempt, after a disallowed catch, ended in an incomplete pass, sealing the Lions’ defeat.

“I don’t want to talk about it,” Campbell explained.

“I explain everything pre-game to a tee, ok? I did that.”

The confusion continued in post-game discussions, with quarterback Jared Goff and referee Brad Allen offering conflicting accounts. Goff insisted Decker reported as eligible, while Allen stated the opposite, asserting that Decker hadn’t reported, and backup tackle Dan Skipper had.

“Very confused,” Goff said.

“What I do know, and I don’t know if I’ll get fined for this, but I do know that Decker reported. I do know that Dan Skipper did not. I do know that they said that Dan Skipper did.”

Campbell, visibly upset with the ruling, emphasized that he meticulously explained the play pregame. Allen’s explanation indicated that Skipper initially reported as eligible but then moved to a tackle spot, exempting him from further reporting. Meanwhile, Decker, the starting left tackle, was already on the field.

Video footage captured a conversation between Decker and Allen, who then communicated with the Dallas defense. Allen clarified that his discussion with the defensive line focused on Skipper’s eligibility.

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