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Texans score controversial TD thanks to illegal challenge by Schwartz

In one of the weirdest examples of how a rule can influence a ballgame, the Thanksgiving day game between the Lions and Texans turned on the throwing of a red challenge flag.

Justin Forsett scored the longest run in Texans franchise history, an 81-yard dash during the 3rd quarter. Had the Lions coach Jim Schwartz not thrown a challenge flag, this play would not have been ruled a touchdown.

While Forsett’s elbow and knee were down, the refs didn’t blow the whistle before he scampered off into the end zone. Jim Schwartz challenged the play, yet this effort was illegal, and it negated the automatic review on every touchdown play. This was a terrible, unfortunate break for the Lions, who lost to the Texans, 34-31.

Turkey is not tasting as good in Detroit anymore.

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  1. Michael J Skalitzky
    November 22, 2012 - 

    This was an incredible ruling an another example of poor officiating. The Lions still had their chances but this one bounced away.

    • Badmf
      November 22, 2012 - 

      Not, bad officiating is not the issue it would have been called a 7 yard or so gain, but coach negated the automatic reveiw, so thanks again.

      • DDUBS
        November 23, 2012 - 

        When there is no whistle when the forearm is obviously on the ground, the knee not as obvious in real time, that IS bad officiating I don’t care how you try to spin it.

  2. Badmf
    November 22, 2012 - 

    Hey you have to “know” the rules, perhaps this one will get changed. Good for me I had the /texans.

  3. Douglas Graham
    November 22, 2012 - 

    At the end of the season, they don’t ask how, just how many. Maybe that’s Karmic payment for Suh’s nut job on Schaub.

    • Joe dokes
      November 23, 2012 - 

      Doesn’t quite even out the nut-job, but we’ll take it for a down payment . . .

  4. Salvia58
    November 23, 2012 - 

    I must be really thick but I’m just not following this. Why is it a penalty ? Is it considered unsportsmanlike ? I have seen games where officials have “dropped” flags on the field and no penalty is called. What happens to them ? What am I missing ?

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