Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/9/14
There’s heartbreak in Detroit for a second straight week. Just four days removed from a last-minute loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Detroit Lions once again suffered defeat in painful fashion. The 34-31 overtime loss to Houston runs the Lions’ record to 4-7, while the Texans improved to 10-1. This wild game had no shortage of excitement or controversy.  Before Texans’ kicker Shayne Graham booted the game-winning 32 yarder, future Hall of Famer Jason Hanson drilled a 47-yard field goal straight into the right upright. Just before that, Graham missed a 51 yarder of his own. On the first Lions possession of the overtime period, rookie wideout Ryan Broyles sparked Detroit’s offense with a 40-yard catch to get within feet of Hanson’s range. On the very next play, Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew lost his third fumble of the season, costing Detroit a shot to go ahead or win the game. Detroit fans wish the calamity stopped there. Perhaps the wildest happening in this game occurred in the third quarter, just as Detroit opened a 24-14 lead.  Houston running back Justin Forsett took the carry, got 8 yards or so, was tackled by Louis Delmas, then got back up and scored an 81-yard touchdown. Upon seeing that Forsett’s knee and forearm both clearly touched the turf, head coach Jim Schwartz tossed his challenge flag.  It was unnecessary to do so, as all scoring plays are now reviewed automatically under the new NFL rules. Come to find out, not only is it a 15-yard penalty for throwing the challenge flag on a scoring play, but the play also cannot be reviewed as a result.  Therefore, Forsett’s touchdown run counted, putting the Texans within three. It was ‘Touchdown Seahawks’ all over again, and the Ford Field crowd is still booing. The officials obviously botched the call by even allowing the play to continue despite Forsett clearly being down.  But blame also has to be put on Schwartz for not knowing the rule and wrongly throwing the flag. The real story here is how bad this rule is.  How does one flag throw merit not only a 15-yard penalty, but also a potentially game-changing play? The NFL has to look into this rule and evaluate it carefully. Despite the final result and the frustration surrounding the team, the Lions played a pretty good game.  They fought blow-for-blow with Houston from their opening drive up until the Texans tied the game with less than two minutes to play. It’s unfortunate that the Lions found another way to lose, but there are good things to be taken away from this game too. Stafford connected with Johnson 8 times for 140 yards The Lions manage to sprinkle in enough glimmers of hope to keep Detroit watching every week.  They continue finding ways to lose, while at the same time showing snippets of a team buried within that can play with anyone. The first half of this game, in which Detroit scored 21 points, was the Lions’ best first half of the year.  They ran the ball well enough to open up some holes in the passing game, which Matthew Stafford exploited effectively. Stafford finished with 441 yards and a pair of TDs on 31-of-61 passing. Stafford had a good game, but the Lions shouldn’t have abandoned the run late in the game.  Both Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell scored touchdowns in the game and had kept Houston’s defense honest.  Once the threat of the run was gone, J.J. Watt and the Texans’ defensive line pinned their ears back and bothered Stafford often. This game, however, won’t be talked about because of those things.   Follow me on twitter @ScottPeceny  
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Ortiz: 'Nobody in MLB history' tested for PEDs more than me

First 'National Fantasy Football Convention' to star Tony Romo

Sam Dekker scores career high after Aaron Rodgers' challenge

Brey Day: Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight after a vintage performance

Ronda Rousey on having kids: 'I'm an ovarian goldmine'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Pedro Martinez: Rose should be allowed in Hall of Fame

Pablo Sandoval 'cut things off at the root' with Giants

Scott Boras taking shots at Cubs' history over Kris Bryant

Kingdome debt finally paid off 15 years after demolition

49ers waive Jonathan Martin

Former MLBer Curt Ford assaulted, told to ‘go back to Ferguson’

Texas to Rick Barnes: Change your staff or you will be fired

Teams that don't deserve to win Connor McDavid Sweepstakes

How a basketball-themed art exhibit changed perceptions

Bucs admit they’ve been getting calls about Mike Glennon

The last Expo standing

NHL ships nets which have room for cameras inside posts

Toronto Raptors limping into the playoffs

Best picks ever at every spot in first round of NFL Draft

Alonzo Mourning confirms “Who wants to sex Mutombo?”

CC Sabathia attempting to get healthier by getting … fatter?

You can bid on Andrew McCutchen’s recently cut locks

Is Chuck Pagano receiving the Jim Harbaugh treatment?

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight

The last Expo standing

Five under-the-radar AL MVP candidates

Michigan sent recruit's GF a letter

MLB teams that could disappoint

25 years ago, the best Sweet 16 of all time was pure madness

The 2015 bad quarterback carousel

17 facts to know before the Sweet 16

Agent: Sam was horrible at veteran combine

Keeping judo ‘pure’ in Europe means keeping MMA out

The Sweet 16 should be seen as success

On the Browns, Hard Knocks, questions and narratives

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.