The Detroit Lions haven’t truly enjoyed a Thanksgiving since 2003, the last time they were victorious on “turkey day”.
They’ll have to wait another year.
Thursday’s loss to the Texans was especially gut wrenching not only because they had a chance to win in the extra period, but because of a quirky NFL rule that ultimately cost Detroit the game.
With the Texans trailing 24-14 in the third quarter, Justin Forcett picked up 8 yards over the middle.
He didn’t think he was down, so smartly he kept running all the way to the end zone.
Replays showed Forcett was clearly down, and Lions head coach Jim Schwartz threw his red challenge flag.
Wait a second!
Scoring plays are automatically reviewed and throwing your challenge flag is a unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and also negates the chance for review.
We’ll take it!
Forcett’s touchdown was allowed to stand, the Texans would mount their second half comeback and send the game to overtime.
After both teams missed field goals, the Texan kicker Shayne Graham was true on his second attempt, a 32 yarder with 2:21 left in overtime to give Houston the victory.
Matt Schaub finished the game with 315 yards passing a touchdown and a nasty kick to the groin compliments of Ndamukong Suh.
Arian Foster had another 100 yard game picking up 102 yards and two touchdowns. For Foster that’s six consecutive road games 100 yards or more rushing.
And what about ‘Dre?
Can’t forget about him
He finished the game with 9 catches for 188 yards and really stood out when it mattered most. Johnson caught 6 passes for 101 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime. Coupled with last week’s performance against Jacksonville, Johnson set an NFL record for receiving yards in back to back games with 461.
JJ Watt finished with 3 sacks upping his season total to 14.5, five tackles, four for loss and 2 passes defensed.
Next up for the Texans? A trip to Nashville for a date with the Tennessee Titans a week from Sunday.