This Thanksgiving the Houston Texans got in a battle to the end with the Detroit Lions. In the end, Houston was able to earn a 34-31 victory over Detroit, but did so in a controversial way. Houston now moves to 10-1 on the year while the Lions fall to 4-7. The Controversy came in the middle of the game on a Houston run that was clearly stopped. The whistle never blew however, and running back Justin Forsett scampered for a long touchdown. The score would end up ultimately contributing to a Lions loss.
Houston was down most of the contest to Detroit who was running on all cylinders. The Lions were the only team to score in the first quarter by getting a touchdown. They then added 14 in the second quarter and led 21-14 at the half. Houston began their comeback after getting the controversial score with Forsett. The play was called unreviewable due to a coaching mistake by the Lions who threw a challenge flag on the play. This is something the team does not have to do as all turnovers and touchdowns are instantly reviewed. Ultimately the mistake was on Detroit, but the rule certainly needs visited by the rules committee.
The Lions continue to be one of those few NFL teams that continue to find ways to lose games. They had the game locked up, but shot themselves in the foot by throwing a challenge flag in that circumstance. This is especially unnecessary as we are in the 12th week of the NFL season, and all this year all touchdowns have been reviewed.