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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Detroit Lions were beating the Chicago Bears 23-6 heading into the fourth quarter. But that’s when everything unraveled for Detroit and this is all too familiar for Lions fans. Watching another game slip away hurts because the players did enough to walk away victorious. It was Matt Patricia and his coaching staff that failed to understand situational football. Any time you’re leading in the fourth quarter you want to milk the clock. That’s done by running the ball and focusing on shortening the game above everything else. What that means is sometimes you have to run on third and long just to keep the clock ticking. In those situations you accept that you’ll have to punt the ball and trust your defense. But late in the game with the Lions winning. Patricia and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell decided to be aggressive. They took the approach that Detroit had their foot on Chicago’s neck and it was time to put them out of their misery by throwing another touchdown. The only problem with this decision is it actually opened the door for the Bears’ 21-point comeback. Had the Lions trusted Adrian Peterson and their other running backs they’d be celebrating right now. Instead they’re learning another hard lesson and it’s frustrating.
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