Social Media Erupts as Detroit Dan Campbell Costs Team Shot at Big Game
Move over Atlanta, Detroit is here to hold your beer.
In what will go down as one of the most inexplicable in-game collapses in NFL history, Detroit head coach Dan Campbell was roasted online for not kicking a pair of field goals that could have kept his team’s Big Game chances alive.
The trouble started midway through the third quarter with Detroit leading San Francisco 24-10. Detroit faced a fourth and two at the San Fran 30-yard line. A field goal would have made it a three-possession game at 27-10. Instead, Campbell opted to go for it, and the decision backfired when Jared Goff’s pass was incomplete.
It quickly imploded from there for Detroit. San Francisco scored a touchdown on its next drive to cut the deficit to seven. After the kick-off, Detroit running back Jahmyr Gibbs fumbled the ball right back to San Fran, setting up shop nicely at the Detroit 24-yard line.
Three plays later Christian McCaffery rolled into the end zone for the game-tying score.
Detroit got one last shot to make up for the collapse. Goff had the offense moving efficiently into San Francisco territory before the drive stalled once again at the 30. And once again, instead of kicking a field goal that would have tied the game at 27, Campbell elected to go for it.
You know the rest of the story.
Social Media was aghast.
San Fran heads to the Big Game in Las Vegas on February 11 against Kansas City in a rematch of the Big Show from four years ago.