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 count.
''I know that we can't challenge a turnover or a scoring play and I overreacted,'' the Detroit coach said. ''That's all my fault. I overreacted in that situation and I cost us a touchdown.''
Schwartz's mistake was only the beginning. Detroit let a 10-point third-quarter lead slip away and lost 34-31 in overtime to the Texans on Thursday.
The Lions led 24-14 when Forsett scored on an 81-yard run, taking advantage of a blown call that couldn't be reviewed because of Schwartz's ill-advised challenge. Replays clearly showed Forsett's knee touching the ground around his own 25 - Detroit players even slowed up, assumin...