I am a lifetime Oakland Raiders fan. Of course this is my biased opinion, but I have NEVER seen a team get screwed HARDER than my Raiders were in the tuck rule game in 2001 against the Patriots. That game had me spouting all types of conspiracy theories about the NFL being rigged for at least a decade – until I did the one thing that I never previously had the heart to do: I watched the FULL game. Meaning, I watched everything that happened leading up to the play, and everything that happened AFTER. And it was at that point that I realized that the tuck rule CONTRIBUTED to our loss – but didn’t CAUSE it. We let them hit the game tying field goal. We let Brady march down the field in overtime and we let them score on us again. So while I understand the Lions fans being mad about the call against the Cowboys, don’t you DARE fix your damn mouth to say that that ONE call is the reason the Lions lost.
Let me tell you some real talk. The play SHOULD have been OFFSETTING fouls IF ANYTHING. The Cowboys linebacker held the receiver.
The Lions tight end facemasked the linebacker. If you want to say that Dez Bryant should have been flagged for running onto the field without a helmet then fine. But let’s address what happened AFTER that play.
First, the play occurred with 8:25 left in the game, and it was a third and one from the Cowboys 46 yard line. After the flag was picked up, the Lions, inexplicably, decided to PUNT instead of channeling the wisdom of Herm Edwards and “play to win the game.” You can’t throw a quick slant to Calvin? Bootleg play action to one of your MANY talented tight ends? Toss it to Reggie Bush? Quarterback sneak with Matt Stafford? Run up the middle with the full back Collins? You really wanted to play “field position” in the fourth quarter when your offence was struggling? That is atypical Jim Caldwell play calling. Overly conservative when they needed to be aggressive.
The Lions had multiple opportunities to stop the Cowboys final drive, but they couldn’t. The Lions got a LUCKY-ASS break when Demarcus Lawrence RECOVERED Stafford’s fumble and then fumbled himself. The Lions made a GANG of mistakes the ENTIRE game and blew a 13 point lead through ineffective play calling and lacklustre execution. Before you sit and complain about the referees, take some stock in how terrible your own team played.
This Is Your Conscience