Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 12/2/12
While I was at Thanksgiving with my family Thursday, quite a controversial play happened in the Houston Texans-Detroit Lions game. You’ve probably seen and heard plenty about the play by now: Houston’s Justin Forsett ran for an 81-yard touchdown, despite it being clear that his knee and elbow had touched down during the play. Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz then threw a challenge flag, only NFL rules stipulate that all scoring plays get challenged anyway. So, since Schwartz threw the flag and essentially created a duplicitous request for a review, everything is cool, right? WRONG. Photo by Robin Buckson/Detroit News via detroitnews.com   The NFL rules also stipulate that if a coach throws a challenge flag on a play that is automatically challenged, the review is negated and the play stands as originally called. On top of that, the offending challenger gets flagged for a 15-yard unsportmanlike conduct penalty. This is a perfect example of the rules getting in the way of common sense...
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