Joe Buck apologists (wait, do those exist?) can’t blame this one on his vocal cord virus. On the Cowboys’ final possession with 11 seconds remaining in the game, Buck and his partner Aikman thought the Cowboys’ 4th-and-20 — clearly marked by the chain gang and TV graphics — was 3rd down.
He wasn’t the only one who thought it was 3rd down, though, as Felix Jones took a screen pass and ran out of bounds to preserve the final four seconds on the clock. Hey, at least he remembered his team didn’t have any timeouts! :
Aikman started to mention that the Cowboys had enough time to throw one into the end zone, but Buck finally realized what was going on and brought up that the last play was actually 4th down and the game was all but over.
This mistake should never happen, especially at the biggest point of the game when a failed conversion by the Cowboys there would result in the completion of the biggest collapse in Cowboys history and the Lions improving to 4-0 for the first time since 1980. Not one of Buck’s finer moments.