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Detroit Lions to use Cowboys controversy as fuel with ‘controlled fury’

Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell said he plans on using the two-point controversy as fuel and he has “controlled fury” moving forward.

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On Monday, as expected, Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell was littered with questions about the controversial ending to their game against the Dallas Cowboys. It got to the point where he was clearly getting tired of the topic.

“Why do you guys want to talk about this?” Campbell interrupted. “I’m not getting into it.”

It’s clear there’s some leftover frustration from Campbell after the officials identified and announced the wrong player as an eligible receiver against the Cowboys, leading to Detroit’s go-ahead two-point conversion being deemed an illegal touch by Taylor Decker.

But Campbell led off the press conference by saying that both he’s over it, and the team will use it as motivation going forward.

“I’m good. I woke up yesterday, I’m ready, man,” Campbell said. “I’ve got controlled fury, and I’m ready to go. I’m absolutely ready to go. I don’t go the other way, and the team won’t either. We’re on a mission, and we’re not going to feel sorry for ourselves and wallow in everything. We had plays to make and we didn’t make them. It’s a tight game, a good opponent, a playoff-type atmosphere, and you’ve got to make that one extra play that we didn’t.

“So we will use this as fuel. I’ve got pure octane right now. I woke up, I’m ready. So we’re moving forward.”

Campbell compared this incident to one he experienced with the New Orleans Saints. Officials missed a blatant pass interference in the NFC Championship game during the 2018-19 NFL playoffs, essentially sending the Rams to the Super Bowl. Campbell called the Cowboys incident a “blessing,” because, unlike the Saints, the Lions are still alive and can use this moving forward.

“We got a taste of what that is like (to lose), but we’ve still got a chance,” Campbell said. “We haven’t even started the tournament, so I think it’s a blessing.”

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