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 host 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.

Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch did, too, on the previous possession when he couldn't intercept a pass Matt Schaub threw directly at him deep in Houston territory.

Detroit might have 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. "We talk about that all the time. You don't stop, you play."

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.


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"I know now that I was down, but I didn't think I was during the play," Forsett said. "I didn't think my knee hit, and there was no whistle, so I kept going.

"I wasn't giving the touchdown back."

That score pulled Houston (10-1) within three points.

"I knew the rule -- you can't challenge on a turnover or a scoring play -- but I was so mad that I overreacted," Schwartz said.

Kubiak had no sympathy.

"A rule's a rule," Kubiak said. "I know one thing: You've got to keep your flag tucked in your pocket."

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.

Detroit (4-7) has lost three straight, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh could be in trouble with the league after his left cleat connected with Schaub's groin area in the first quarter. It wasn't clear on replays whether the kick was intentional. Last year on Thanksgiving, Suh was ejected for stomping on the arm of Green Bay offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith and was suspended for two games.

Patriots 49, Jets 19: Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, and New England (8-3) embarrassed host New York (4-70 with a 35-point second quarter.

The Patriots' Julian Edelman returned a fumble for a touchdown and caught a 56-yard pass for a score before leaving with a head injury.

  • Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, who did not play, said he suffered two broken ribs in a loss at Seattle two weeks ago.

    Redskins 38, Cowboys 31: Robert Griffin III threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns as Washington (5-6) beat host Dallas (5-6).