If he regrets the result, Jared Goff doesn't regret his decision. He went for the kill against the Bills last week, and he can live with that. With the Lions trailing by three and facing third and 1 in Buffalo territory with 30 seconds to play, Goff went deep for DJ Chark and missed him.
The Lions tied the game on a field goal and allowed Josh Allen to beat them on the ensuing drive.
Goff said he had "a few options" on the pass play, which is one of the reasons he liked the call. Amon Ra St. Brown, in particular, was open over the middle. Chark was also open deep down the sideline, but Goff threw a back-shoulder pass when Chark was running a go route.
"They brought cover zero, they brought everybody and I thought that was my best option to take that shot," Goff said Tuesday on 97.1 The Ticket. "Wasn’t quite on the same page with DJ and we just missed it, but was happy I shot my shot there and took the chance to win the game."
Chark, seeing his first significant action since missing several weeks due to an ankle injury, was on a different wavelength than Goff. Had he been expecting a back-shoulder throw, he probably would have caught it. Instead, the ball fell harmlessly to the turf.
"If we had to do it again, would I throw it differently? Maybe, but it’s just reps, man," said Goff. "It may be the result of his first game back and just not being on the same page. I wish I would have thrown it out in front of him and given him a chance there, but thought it was going to be a different type of throw."