Report: NFL will review rule that resulted in Texans' TD

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The NFL will consider changing the rule that kept officials from reviewing the long touchdown run Thursday in Houston's overtime win over Detroit.

Game officials were unable to review Justin Forsett's 81-yard score in the third quarter when Lions coach Jim Schwartz immediately threw the red challenge flag on a play that, in this case a touchdown, was automatically reviewable. SI.com reported that an NFL source said the rule likely will be overturned in the future.

The league official called the rule "too onerous," according to SI.com.

When Schwartz threw the red flag after the touchdown, the NFL rule book states that a 15-yard penalty should be assessed for "initiating a challenge when a team is prohibited from doing so." The rule was designed to keep coaches from stopping play just to argue a call and manipulate the clock by delaying the next snap.

Schwartz acknowledged his mea culpa after the game.

"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. "I had the flag in my hand before he even scored because he was obviously down."

During the game, former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira tweeted: "Just got back from the field. The rule penalizing Schwartz is good. The rule not allowing the play to be reviewed is horrible. Must change."

The Texans ultimately benefited from Schwartz's mistake in their 34-31 overtime win.

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

horrible. Must change."

The Texans ultimately benefited from Schwartz's mistake in their 34-31 overtime win.

"A rule's a rule," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. "I know one thing: You've got to keep your

flag tucked in your pocket."
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