Lions Coach Jim Schwartz made a mistake that probably cost Detroit a chance to beat the Houston Texans in the first game of a Thanksgiving Day tripleheader.
In a back-and-forth game that ended with the Texans winning in overtime, 34-31, Schwartz threw the challenge flag on a disputed touchdown pass play by Houston.
One problem. All touchdowns are automatically reviewed in NFL games. So, the challenge flag is kind of like piling on the officials, who promptly handed out an unsportsmanlike penalty, subsequently negating a review of the play.
Second problem, Houston running back Justin Forsett was down by contact on the play. He turned a short pass into a long gain down the middle of the field. When he was tackled near the 50-yard line, he spun to the ground, quickly bounced to his feet and sprinted to the end zone.