12:30 PM ET, November 22, 2012
Ford Field, Detroit, MI
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.
Andre a Giant
On the heels of his 273-yard game Sunday against the Jags, Texans receiver Andre Johnson went for 188 on Thursday against the Lions. Those two efforts gave him the most receiving yards in back-to-back games in NFL history. Here's a look:
|2012||Andre Johnson, HOU||461|
|2006||Chad Johnson, CIN||450|
|1989||John Taylor, SF||448|
|1995||Jerry Rice, SF||442|
|-- Elias Sports Bureau|
AP Photo/Paul Sancya
Texans running back Justin Forsett appeared down on this run, but his 81-yard TD couldn't be challenged, helping Houston to an eventual overtime victory.
Lions OT Jeff Backus (right hamstring) was inactive, ending his 186-game starting streak. ... Houston LB Brooks Reed (left groin) and OT Derek Newton (knee) were injured during the game.
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Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.4||6.0|
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Sacks - Yards Lost
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||3-4||2-2|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||09:58||Mikel Leshoure 2 Yd Run (Jason Hanson Kick)||0||7|
|TD||10:57||Arian Foster 6 Yd Run (Shayne Graham Kick)||7||7|
|TD||06:00||Mike Thomas 5 Yd Pass From Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson Kick)||7||14|
|TD||02:11||Owen Daniels 9 Yd Pass From Matt Schaub (Shayne Graham Kick)||14||14|
|TD||01:49||Calvin Johnson 22 Yd Pass From Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson Kick)||14||21|
|FG||07:03||Jason Hanson 46 Yd||14||24|
|TD||06:35||Justin Forsett 81 Yd Run (Shayne Graham Kick)||21||24|
|FG||02:36||Shayne Graham 45 Yd||24||24|
|TD||13:31||Joique Bell 23 Yd Run (Jason Hanson Kick)||24||31|
|TD||01:55||Arian Foster 1 Yd Run (Shayne Graham Kick)||31||31|
|FG||02:21||Shayne Graham 32 Yd||34||31|
The Lions are allowing a half-yard more per play (.52) with Ndamukong Suh on the field this season than off the field.
Andre Johnson finished the day with nine catches for 188 yards, 66 of which came after the catch. In the last two weeks, Johnson has 23 receptions for 461 yards, including 158 yards after catch. Johnson had 209 yards after catch over the first nine games of the season. According to Elias, Johnson's 461 receiving yards in back-to-back games is the most in NFL history.
Texans quarterback Matt Schaub was 9-of-12 for 112 yards and a touchdown on third down Thursday against the Lions, who only sent five or more pass rushers on one of Schaub's 12 third-down dropbacks during the game. Schaub had faced added pressure on 31 of 86 third-down dropbacks entering the game.
With top cornerback Johnathan Joseph out with a hamstring injury, Calvin Johnson had five catches for 103 yards and a touchdown in the first half. Johnson tied a season high with three catches on throws at least 20 yards downfield, largely against backup cornerback Alan Ball. Johnson faced different coverages in the second half, including matchups with Kareem Jackson, and finished with three catches for 37 yards after halftime.[+]
Stafford Targeting Calvin Johnson by Half, Thursday vs Texans
J.J. Watt had a career-high three sacks on Thursday as well as two passes batted down at the line of scrimmage. Watt disrupted five of Matthew Stafford's 65 dropbacks (7.7 percent), further cementing his reputation as the league's most disruptive defensive player.[+]
According to ESPN Stats and Information's expected points model, Lions coach Jim Schwartz cost his team 6.5 expected points by trying to challenge Justin Forsett's third-quarter touchdown run. Video replays showed Forsett may have been down, but Schwartz's attempt to challenge a scoring play (which would have been automatically reviewed) nullified the video replay and made Forsett's 81-yard run stand in addition to earning Detroit a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
The Texans came into the game ranking in the top 4 in the NFL in several key defensive category, but struggled with the Lions offense today, and needed overtime to improve to 10-1.[+]
Turkey Day Trouble - Texans Defense This Season
Andre Johnson finished with 188 receiving yards, the 2nd-highest total all-time on Thanksgiving, trailing only Jim Benton's 303 in 1945. Johnson now has 461 yards in his last 2 games, in a 5-day span.[+]
There are only two previous instances in NFL history of teams playing two overtime games in a five-day span... and they're from the same game! The Vikings defeated the Bears 33-27 in OT on Thursday, December 1, 1994. BOTH teams had played overtime in their previous games the Sunday before (November 27). The Vikings lost to Tampa Bay, while the Bears beat Arizona.
This is the 5th Thanksgiving Day game to go into overtime, and the first since 2005, when the Broncos beat the Cowboys on a Jason Elam 24-yard FG. The Lions have been involved in 3 of the 5 Thanksgiving OT games, including the controversial 1998 Jerome Bettis coin flip game.[+]
Going Back for Seconds - NFL Overtime Games All-Time on Thanksgiving
Mikel Leshoure's 2-yard TD run against the Texans was the first rushing TD the Texans have allowed this season. Over the last 80 seasons, only the 2011 49ers went more games into the season before allowing a rushing TD.[+]
Most Games Without Allowing Rush TD - To Begin Season in Last 80 Seasons
ESPN Stats & Information