This was one of the craziest games to ever be played in the NFL. It was a mess, mistakes were made in coaching, officiating, reviewing and on the field. After overtime, the Lions were able to get off the field without doing harm to anyone. That’s enough for a passing grade!
Seriously, the Lions were victims of an unbelievably bad call, and a worse follow-up to that call. In the third quarter, Texans running back Justin Forsett carried the ball and was down with an elbow and a knee. The referee did not see that the player was down, did not blow the whistle, and Forsett got up and took the ball for an 81-yard touchdown.
During the play, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz prematurely threw a challenge flag because a running back that was clearly down was not called down, and Schwartz overreacted. It cost the Lions seven points, but we can all understand the frustration behind the play.
I am not going to get on Schwartz for this play, as I think the rule needs to be addressed. If I am correct, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak could have thrown his challenge flag first, and it would have deemed to play “unreviewable”. The Texans would have been rewarded the touchdown that really didn’t happen, but they would have been assessed a 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kickoff.
Does this seem like a rule that should be in the NFL?
Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan did a better job of calling plays in this game. The Lions were not going to run the ball, and they abandoned for the pass in the second half. It was a good call to go to the passing attack in the second half.