Found November 24, 2012 on Football Nation:
The Lions have proudly hosted a home game on Thanksgiving Day since 1934.It is as reliable of a Thanksgiving tradition as turkey, stuffing, and a tryptophan induced nap. This year’s match-up of the Houston Texans and the Detroit Lions was a Thanksgiving Day overtime brawl that turned out to be one of the most exciting and controversial games that the NFL has ever seen. The Lions lost on Thanksgiving for the 9th consecutive year. But their loss and the Texans’ win was suspenseful from beginning to end.The Texans had a league best 9-1 record coming into this battle, while the Lions at 4-6 were trying to rectify their pre-season hopes of making the playoffs, which had significantly dissipated during the first 10 weeks of the 2012 season. With the loss on Thursday, the Lions are out of legitimate playoff contention in the incredibly strong NFC, while the Texans continue to lead in the battle for AFC home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.The Hero of the Game was Texans’ defensive ...
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Texans score TD thanks to illegal challenge

Justin Forsett scored the longest run in Texans franchise history, an 81-yard dash against the Lions on Thanksgiving. However, it wasn’t a touchdown, but because of an awful NFL rule, it is.Becuase Jim Schwartz threw a challenge flag when the play couldn’t be reviewed, the ref couldn’t review the play. Unfortunate break for the Texans and horrible luck for the Lions.

Watch: Justin Forsett’s blown call TD

The holidays are upon us, and evidently the NFL Referees are in the spirit of giving. In Thanksgiving’s Lions/Texans match-up, the Refs blew a call leading to an 80 yard touchdown by Texans RB Justin Forsett. As you can see in the video below, Forsett was clearly down with both his knee and his elbow, but the refs missed the call and awarded a touchdown. Usually all scores are...

Video: Lions get hosed by bad call and worse rule

Justin Forsett recorded the longest run in Houston Texans history in their Thanksgiving Day game against the Detroit Lions. It appeared as if Forsett was dropped after a decent gain, but the whistle was not blown and he continued running as everyone else let up. He ended up in the end zone 81-yards later. Watching [...]

Houston-Detroit Justin Forsett Fiasco: The Rules For Review Must Be Reviewed

The Houston Texans scored a touchdown on the Detroit Lions today that completely baffles me. Never mind the fact that the referees often seem to be watching a different game than everybody else. Sure, we have the benefit of instant replay, but so do the refs. That is why the rules for review have got to be changed.Anyways, the runner was clearly down, but got up and ran into the...

Justin Forsett Gets 81-Yard Touchdown Despite Being Tackled Thanks to Jim Schwartz’s Challenge Flag Toss (Video)

Just about everyone watching the Lions-Texans game at Ford Field or from their couch Thursday afternoon could see that Justin Forsett had various body parts hitting the ground before he bounced back up and outran the Detroit defense for an 81-yard touchdown score. So, if the officials had reviewed the play, they likely would have seen it, too. But here’s the catch: Forsett was...

The NFL MUST change the coaches challenge rule which cost the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day

The NFL world was watching the Houston Texans face the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day this year and saw one of the most ridiculous rules in the league on display. RB Justin Forsett took a handoff from QB Matt Schaub and ran up the middle for seven yards. He was hit by a Lions defender spun to the ground with his elbow and knee touching. Not hearing a whistle, Forsett jumped back...

Bad call, bad challenge and a bad rule

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...

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KEY: Texans star running back Arian Foster usually basks in the spotlight but backup Justin Forsett made the biggest play of the game, though it shouldn’t have counted. Forsett scored on an 81-yard run in the third quarter, pulling the Texans within three points. He should have been ruled down by contact in Texans territory but the automatic replay review was nullified when Lions...

Replay error paves way for Texans OT win over Lions

DETROIT -- Justin Forsett never stopped running and wound up with a record. His Houston Texans teammates took the same approach and wound up with their second overtime victory in five days. Forsett scored a controversial 81-yard, third-quarter touchdown and Shayne Graham kicked a 32-yard field goal with 2:21 remaining in overtime to give the Texans a wild 34-31 victory over the...

Strange rule leads to bizarre call

Deja Boo. Sitting in Dallas for the Redskins-Cowboys game on FOX, I could hear the screams all the way from Detroit to Atlanta. In the first Thanksgiving Day game of Week 12, an illegal flag caused quite an uproar. Twice in the last four days, two NFL coaches have been victimized by a bad rule that must be addressed and changed in the offseason. In Week 11, Atlanta coach Mike Smith...

NFL to examine replay rule from Lions-Texans game

A top NFL executive says the rule that negated using video replay to confirm a Houston touchdown Thursday ''may be too harsh'' and will be re-examined immediately. Ray Anderson, the league's director of football operations, says a 15-yard penalty for throwing the challenge flag on a play that is automatically reviewed might be enough. For now, throwing the challenge...

Texans 34, Lions 31, OT

Jim Schwartz held the challenge flag in his hand, certain Houston's long touchdown wouldn't count. Running back Justin Forsett was clearly down around his own 25-yard line, and that's where the ball would be spotted once the play was reviewed. Then Schwartz threw his red flag onto the field - and in doing so, he ensured that the Texans' dubious scoring play would...

Lions have long weekend to think about Texans loss

(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer The Detroit Lions have a long weekend to think about blowing a second straight game and falling to 4-7 in a once-promising season turned sour. The Lions lost 34-31 in overtime to the Houston Texans on Thursday only four days after a 24-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Detroit led in the fourth quarter...

Week 12 Observations

How odd was it on Thanksgiving when Justin Forsett was awarded a touchdown on a play where his knee and arm were clearly down due to technicality most people didn't even know about? Apparently, I never realized the extent to which coaches needlessly throwing challenge flags on scoring plays was ruining the game. If you really want to stop coaches from wrongly throwing challenge...
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