Texans win Detroit thriller

  • Last Updated: November 22 2012, 21:58 GMT

Houston Texans won their second overtime game inside a week as they spoilt Detroit's Thanksgiving Day party with an incredible 34-31 victory at Ford Field.

Houston Texans: 10-1 after another overtime win
Houston Texans: 10-1 after another overtime win

A breathtaking game saw over 1,000 yards of offence and eight touchdowns between the teams, but there was also a controversial touchdown run and two missed field goals in overtime as the drama just kept coming.

After missing from 51 yards, Shayne Graham connected with a 32 yards to move the Texans onto 10-1, but only after Jason Hanson had hit the post his Detroit's field goal attempt that would have given them a fine victory.

Having not won their traditional Thanksgiving Day game in eight years, Detroit came out firing and capped an 80-yard opening drive with a two-yard run from Kiel Leshoure - as Houston conceded their first rushing touchdown of the season.

The Texans got back into it though with Arian Foster running in for his 13th touchdown of the season, but the Lions were not to be subdued that easily and new recruit Mike Thomas caught his first TD pass for them halfway through the second quarter.

Tight end Owen Daniels levelled at 14-14 for Houston but again Detroit edged in front as Johnson and Stafford started to get into a groove as they connected for a 22-yard score for a seven-point half-time lead.

Hanson booted Detroit into a ten-point lead in the third quarter and suddenly Houston's hard overtime game against Jacksonville looked like taking its toll, until they received a huge stroke of luck to get back into the game.

Justin Forsett looked like he was down before scampering 81 yards for a touchdown, with several players stopping and Lions coach Schwartz instantly throwing the red challenge flag and replays clearly showing the runner was indeed down.

However, Schwartz's challenge itself was illegal and meant by a quirk of the rules that the play could not be reviewed, as it would have been anyway without the challenge, and Forsett's Houston team record TD run stood.

Joique Bell produced two defiant runs though, looking spurred on by the injustice, to scamper over from 22 yards, and after regaining the lead Detroit then backed Houston up to their own three yard line late in the game.

After a few struggling series, Matt Schaub the Texans showed their mettle with a season's best 97-yard drive capped with Foster's second score of the game and that ensured it went to overtime.


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