With the Lions trailing the Bills 25-22 at the end of the fourth quarter today, DJ Chark opened up beyond the Bills’ secondary for a potentially game-winning touchdown. But Jared Goff threw the short ball and the pass fell incomplete. After the game, Lions coach Dan Campbell said the play call was good but the execution was not.
“We liked the play call. It didn’t work out and we kicked the field,” Campbell said. “Chark, I’m not sure he actually saw it until it was very late. I just don’t think he actually saw it, so obviously, yeah, they weren’t on the same page.
Had Goff thrown a better ball, Chark could have caught it in stride and scored a touchdown, which, along with the extra point, would have given the Lions a 29-25 lead. Instead, the Lions settled for a basket and a 25-25 draw.
Needing just one field goal to win, Josh Allen easily walked the Bills into field goal range for the game-winning kick and the 28-25 victory. That missed connection between Goff and Chark that cost the Lions four points was very important in a game they lost by three.