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Lions' Taylor Decker Shares Conversation with Referee Prior to Controversial Penalty, Further Highlighting Detroit's Unfortunate Situation (VIDEO)


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Vince Carbonneau
January 2, 2024  (11:07)
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Detroit Lions offensive lineman Taylor Decker provided his perspective on the controversial moments during Saturday's 20-19 road loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

In the final seconds of the game, Jared Goff connected with Amon-Ra St. Brown for a touchdown, narrowing the gap to just one point. Instead of opting for overtime, head coach Dan Campbell decided to go for a two-point conversion. It initially appeared successful when Goff found Decker in the end zone.
However, Decker was penalized for being an ineligible man on the play. Despite the penalty, Detroit continued with the two-point attempt, which ultimately failed when Goff's pass to James Mitchell was incomplete. Dallas managed to secure a one-point victory, keeping their slim NFC East playoff hopes alive.
During a discussion with reporters, Decker revealed that he followed the instructions given by his coach and reported to the official. He also mentioned that he didn't receive an explanation for the penalty.
"I did exactly what the coach told me to do... went to the ref... said report," Decker explained.
In a post-game interview with Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News, head official Brad Allen stated that Dan Skipper (No. 70) had reported eligible, but Decker (No. 68) failed to do so.
Regardless of whether the rule was correctly enforced, the NFL finds itself entangled in another officiating controversy.
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