DETROIT (97.1 THE TICKET/AP) – Days after the annual Lions Thanksgiving Day game Mike Valenti and Terry Foster went head-to-head with Detroit Lions starting quarterback Matthew Stafford on 97.1 The Ticket Tuesday.
The Lions had a gut wrenching 34-31 overtime loss to the Houston Texans. It was a turkey day game filled with missed opportunities, miscues and a miscall by the referees.
Jim Schwartz held the challenge flag in his hand, certain Houston’s long touchdown wouldn’t count. Running back Justin Forsett was clearly down around his own 25-yard line, and that’s where the ball would be spotted once the play was reviewed.
Then Schwartz threw his red flag onto the field — and in doing so, he ensured that the Texans’ dubious scoring play would count.
“I know that we can’t challenge a turnover or a scoring play and I overreacted,” the Detroit Lions coach said. “That’s all my fault. I overreacted in that situation and I cost us a touchdown.”
Schwartz’s mistake was only the beginning. Detroit let a 10-point third-quarter lead slip away.
“That happens,” said Stafford. “I miss throws, guys miss tackles, as soon as he did it he went up to the guys on the sidelines and said that was on him and we moved on.”
Asked about the two sacks that he took late in the game, Stafford acknowledged, “That hurt us for sure.”
(Houston) had a “good blitz and it was the perfect storm for them,” said Stafford knowing that it took the Lions out of field goal range.
Stafford defended the offense saying, “anytime you can go up against a top five defensive team and score 31 it’s good.”
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