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Another tough, unreviewable loss for Lions
By The Associated Press
DETROIT — Jim Schwartz threw a challenge flag when he didn't need to, and the Houston Texans made him regret it.
Shayne Graham's 32-yard field goal with 2:21 left in overtime lifted Houston to a 34-31 win over the Detroit Lions on Thursday after their coach broke an NFL rule by attempting to challenge a scoring play.
"Obviously that's a big break in the game for us," Houston coach Gary Kubiak said. "But I think you make your breaks when you work your tail off."
Detroit kicker Jason Hanson had a chance to get Schwartz off the hook, but his 47-yard field goal attempt on the fifth possession of the extra period hit the right upright.
Detroit might've won in regulation if its coach didn't make a costly mistake.
Schwartz threw a challenge flag when Houston's Justin Forsett scored on an 81-yard touchdown run in the third quarter after two Lions tackled him.
"Give him credit for continuing to play football," Kubiak said.
Replays showed Forsett's left knee and elbow hit the turf near midfield, and the automatic review that accompanies all scoring plays probably would have taken the TD off the board. But NFL rules say that throwing the challenge flag on a scoring play negates the review — and is an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty to boot.
"I know that we can't challenge a turnover or a scoring play, and I overreacted," Schwartz said. "That's all my fault. I overreacted in that situation, and I cost us a touchdown."
Forsett even acknowledged he shouldn't have been allowed to score, but "I wasn't giving the touchdown back."
That score pulled Houston within three points.
Houston's Arian Foster ran for 102 yards and two scores, including a 1-yard run with 1:55 left in the fourth quarter to cap a 15-play, 97-yard drive that tied the score at 31.
The Texans (10-1) have won five straight, including the past two in overtime. Detroit (4-7) has lost three straight.
Washington 38, at Dallas 28
Robert Griffin III threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns and the Redskins (5-6) held on after leading 28-3 at halftime.
"He's kind of like 'Cool Hand Luke,' " Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. "He doesn't get too upset about anything."
Romo lost for the first time in six starts for Dallas (5-6) on Thanksgiving, despite a career-high 441 yards and three second-half touchdowns.
New England 49, at N.Y. Jets 19
Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score as the Patriots embarrassed the Jets with a 35-point second quarter.
After a scoreless opening quarter, the Patriots (8-3) went on a touchdown spree while taking advantage of several mistakes by the hapless Jets (4-7). New England scored four touchdowns in just over six minutes — including three in a 52-second span.
The Patriots' Bill Belichick became the eighth NFL coach with 200 career victories, including the playoffs.
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