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DETROIT Detroit Lions fans kept booing the officials. They also should have been booing their own head coach.
Jim Schwartz appeared to admit as much, pointing to himself and telling his players and coaches, Its on me, after a bizarre sequence gave the Houston Texans a touchdown Thursday at Ford Field.
Officially, it went down as an 81-yard touchdown run by Justin Forsett, cutting the Lions lead to 24-21 with 6:35 left in the third quarter.
In reality, it should have been a short gain because replays clearly showed that Forsetts left arm and left knee hit the turf before he popped up and ran the rest of the way untouched into the end zone. The other players held up because they thought Forsett was down.
Schwartz quickly threw down his red flag to challenge the play. The problem is that because it was a scoring play, by league rules, it is automatically reviewed by the replay booth.
Coaches are not allowed to challenge scoring plays themselves. If they do, its considered an illegal challenge, which not only resulted in a 15-yard penalty against Detroit, but more importantly automatically wiped out the opportunity to review the play and overturn the touchdown.
In the end, it was a bad call, a bad challenge and a bad rule.
Three strikes and youre out.
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