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VIDEO: Dan Campbell was LIVID after controversial ending vs. Cowboys

Dan Campbell showed some rare anger after the Detroit Lions were flagged with a controversial penalty on a game-winning play vs. the Dallas Cowboys.

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Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell is typically a pretty level-headed guy both on the sidelines and in his press conferences. But after Saturday night’s controversial finish against the Dallas Cowboys, Campbell was clearly still irked by what happened.

The Lions appeared to have scored the go-ahead two-point conversion with just 23 seconds left in the game. However, officials eventually called a penalty on left tackle Taylor Decker, who caught the two-point conversion pass.

Officials ruled that Decker was an ineligible receiver, and therefore it was an illegal touch from him. Campbell clearly disagreed, and was screaming at refs from the sideline for several minutes.

The confusion appears to have happened prior to the start of the play. Video shows that three linemen approached the official: Penei Sewell, Taylor Decker and Dan Skipper. According to Decker, Skipper, and quarterback Jared Goff, it was at this point that Decker reported as an eligible receiver—a key step that would have made the play legal. However, Campbell says that the official though it was Skipper (#70) who reported.

“The explanation was that 70 reported,” Campbell said, before crumpling up a piece of paper.

“I don’t want to talk about it,” Campbell said after a couple of seconds.

Then, Campbell went on to say that he explained this situation to the officiating clearly prior to the game, which was another source of frustration.

“I explained everything pre-game to a tee,” Campbell said. “I did that.”

Campbell’s entire press conference was very short, because he was clearly still ticked off by the play. He even snipped at a reporter before apologizing shortly thereafter.

“Would you be frustrated right now?” Campbell said. “I don’t like losing, Dave. And that’s what happened. We lost, and that bothers me. That bothers me. I don’t like having an L. So, that’s the frustration. I’m sorry. I don’t mean it at you.”

You can watch the entire thing here (starts about three minutes in):

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