The Detroit Lions had a loss snatched from the jaws of victory by an iffy illegal touching penalty in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 17. But days later, everyone is trying their best to move on.
Aidan Hutchinson was understandably frustrated with what transpired, but he is looking ahead and not back. As he predicted on "The St. Brown Brothers" podcast from The 33rd Team, the loss only serves as motivation, especially if Dallas and Detroit end up meeting again in the playoffs:
"It's a stupid call. It is what it is. But I think this is only going to motivate us and especially as we move into the playoffs and if we advance and play Dallas again at their place. I just feel like there's so much confidence knowing that we should have won that game. It's like a destiny thing though. I feel like it's written in the stars."
Listening to Hutchinson, and seeing St. Brown's face in response to what he was saying, it seems Lion's players are using the controversial loss as fuel to their fire.
Aidan Hutchinson: Players love Dan Campbell's aggressive nature
After the loss, plenty of discussion centered around Campbell and his willingness to take risks in big games. He not only tried the infamous two-point conversion, and did it two more times after the penalty on Taylor Decker, but he called for a successful fake punt on Detroit's side of the 50-yard line.
In spite of some of the second-guessing going on, Hutchinson told the St. Browns that he maintains faith in Campbell and his aggressiveness is a big reason players love to play for him.
"I have all the faith in coach (Dan) Campbell. He's an aggressive play caller, an aggressive decision maker and I feel like that shows he has a lot of trust in our guys, in what we've got and what we can do. (So) I love it. That's him. That's why we all love him though. People talk about how he goes for fourth down a lot, this and that. The fact that he's willing to roll the dice, sometimes it doesn't work, but a lot of times it does and we love it."
Count on Campbell remaining aggressive and the Lions being ready for the postseason, especially in the event of a Divisional Round rematch against the Cowboys.