Texans Beat Detroit 34-31 in OT win


HOUSTON - The Houston Texans now have a 10-1 record after defeating the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit.

It was a back-and-forth battle for both teams, which resulted in a close score the entire game.

The game went into overtime after a 31-31 score at the end of regulation.

There was plenty of excitement during the overtime period, including missed field goals by both teams.

But the Texans had a successful field goal in the final seconds, giving them the win.

There was some controversy in this game. Houston's Justin Forsett scored on an 81-yard run in the third quarter, even though replays clearly showed his knee touching the ground around his own 25-yard-line.

Detroit coach Jim Schwartz probably helped the touchdown stand by throwing his challenge flag.

The touchdown counted and Detroit was called for unsportsmanlike conduct. A Lions spokesman said a coach is not allowed to challenge scoring plays, which are automatically reviewed.

If a coach does throw a challenge flag, the automatic review is negated. Schwartz was seen tapping his chest on the sideline, saying "it's on me." The irate crowd at Detroit's Ford Field kept booing the call for several minutes, even as the game continued.

There were some injuries for the Texans.

Houston linebacker Brooks Reed has left its game against the Detroit Lions with a groin injury.

Reed appeared to be favoring his left leg as he gingerly walked toward the sideline in the first quarter.

He later was carted toward the locker room. The Texans were already short at linebacker since starter Tim Dobbins was inactive because of a shoulder problem.

Star linebacker Brian Cushing is out for the season with a knee injury. Reed has 2.5 sacks after contributing six last season as a rookie.

Texans offensive tackle Derek Newton left in the first half with a knee injury.


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