Justin Forsett recorded the longest run in Houston Texans history in their Thanksgiving Day game against the Detroit Lions. It appeared as if Forsett was dropped after a decent gain, but the whistle was not blown and he continued running as everyone else let up. He ended up in the end zone 81-yards later. Watching live and on the initial replay it was clear that Forsett was down. Lions head coach Jim Schwartz immediately threw the red challenge flag, and by rule the Lions were hit with a penalty and it negated any normal TD review. Had Schwartz not thrown the flag, the play would have been automatically reviewed and Forsett would have been ruled down for a 7-yard gain.
We can complain about the officials missing what seemed like an obvious call, but they are encouraged by the league to swallow the whistle on close plays like that. But the rule that negated a review is horrendous. Detroit was also hit with a 15-yard penalty on the kickoff for Schwartz throwing the flag. It is considered an unsportsmanlike penalty. This is the third time this season this has happened in the league.
Ford Field hasn’t booed this loud since Matt Millen was last seen there.
H/T Throw the Flag