Dan Campbell admits to wasting a timeout on a third-and-goal run

The worst mistake Lions coach Dan Campbell made in his team's second-half breakdown against the 49ers was squandering an offensive timeout late in the game instead of keeping all three defensive timeouts to protect the 49ers from running out of time at the end of the game.

The Lions called a running play on third-and-goal, and when they were stopped, the clock continued to run, wasting a timeout.

 Campbell admits that if they weren't going to score a touchdown, throwing an incomplete ball and preserving their timeout would have been a far better alternative.

“Yeah, look the easy thing to do is to throw it,” Campbell remarked, via MLive.com. "It may not have been the best decision, but I wanted to run it.

 I figured we'd just pop it. We had just run the 2-minute offence all the way down the field, throwing the football, and they were in a four-down front, so I thought we'd stroll right in.

 And we just missed one block. So, certainly, I need to use a timeout. So, in hindsight, toss it four times. But I thought it was going to be a walk-and-run, and that didn't work out. So I gambled and lost.

Campbell is still incorrect in claiming that he "got to use a timeout" following the failed run. 

The Lions' offence should have hurried to the line for fourth down rather than blowing a timeout, which effectively meant the Lions couldn't win the game unless they recovered an onside kick, which is nearly impossible in today's NFL.

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