I promise you we’re getting towards to the end of coverage for the finish from the Detroit Lions’ heartbreaking loss to the Dallas Cowboys. But I want to take you back to that moment one more time. Because, for a good 30 seconds, every Detroit Lions fan felt pure ecstasy. When Taylor Decker caught that two-point conversion to give the Lions a 21-20 lead over the Cowboys with just 23 seconds remaining, it felt like we were on top of the world. Detroit was about to close in on the NFC’s two seed by taking down a good Cowboys team in a venue where Dallas hadn’t lost in nearly two full seasons.
If the officials hadn’t ripped it away, it would have been the most iconic moment of an already special season. And if you want to recapture the magic, the call from Detroit Lions play-by-play announcer Dan Miller will take you back there instantly.
Miller is beloved in this city, and for good reason. He wears his passion on his sleeve, yet is not afraid to be truthful in his instant analysis. And ever since the Lions started putting a camera on him during the game, we can see that the passion we hear in his voice is authentic. He is physically and emotionally going through it during games, just like we are at home.
On Tuesday morning, 97.1 The Ticket aired Miller’s call of the two-point conversion, and it is just an absolute masterclass from the play-by-play announcer. The radio cut stops immediately when Miller sees a flag on the field, but it’s worth listening to, if only just to remind yourself of how good it felt in that moment, and how such an iconic play was shamefully ripped from us.
Here’s the transcript if you’re unable to listen.
“Goff takes, turns, fakes the give to Montgomery, sets in the pocket, throws end zone, wide open, it is caught! Taylor Decker! Two points! Oh my goodness! Are you kidding me? Ben Johnson! Ben Johnson! Ben Johnson! Ohhhh, baby! Jared Goff to Taylor Decker! The Lions have the lead! What a play! What a playbook! Unbelievable! Are you kidding me? Oh, Taylor Decker, you’ve waited for your time!
“Is there a flag down?”
Sadly, Dan, there was.