National Football League

               === Graham's FG lifts Texans over Lions in OT ===
 Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - For the second time in less than a week Houston
 went to overtime, and for the second time, the team pulled out a win.
 After missing a 51-yard field goal earlier in the extra session, Shayne Graham
 booted a 32-yarder with 2:21 left to give the Houston Texans a thrilling 34-31
 win over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.
 Last  Sunday,  Andre Johnson caught a  48-yard score in overtime as the Texans
 took  a 43-37 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. This week he accounted for
 188  yards  on nine catches as  the Texans (10-1) won a franchise-record fifth
 straight game as the visitors.
 "When  bad things happen, nobody panics and I think that's a great thing about
 us,"  said Johnson  of Houston's comeback. "Everybody is just encouraging each
 other.  We  needed a  play  to  be  made to  get  some  momentum and  we  just
 capitalized off it."
 Matt  Schaub, coming off a 527-yard, five-touchdown game against Jacksonville,
 passed  for 315  yards with  one touchdown  and one  interception on  29-of-48
 attempts  while Arian  Foster had 20 carries  for 102 yards and two scores for
 Houston, which has won five straight overall.
 Matthew Stafford went 31-for-61 with 441 yards and two touchdowns while Calvin
 Johnson caught eight passes for 140 yards and a score for the Lions (4-7), who
 have dropped three straight and nine consecutive Thanksgiving games.
 "That's a tough one, we had opportunities to win it," said Stafford. "It was a
 great football game, but we didn't catch many breaks and couldn't capitalize a
 couple of times when we needed to."
 After  Jason Hanson  had hit his 47-yard attempt off the right upright, Schaub
 completed a 15-yard pass to James Casey. Two plays later, Andre Johnson caught
 a  23-yard  pass and Casey followed  with an 11-yard catch. Graham then booted
 the ball just inside the left upright for the win.
 Detroit  held a 24-14 lead in the third quarter, but the Texans came back with
 a  controversial touchdown.  On the second play, Justin Forsett took a handoff
 and  appeared to  be down as his  arm touched the ground. However, the whistle
 was never blown and he ran into the end zone on an 81-yard score.
 Detroit  head coach  Jim Schwartz immediately threw the challenge flag, but he
 was  called for unsportsmanlike conduct since all touchdowns are automatically
 reviewed. That nullified any review and the score was allowed to stand, making
 it a 24-21 contest.
 "They  said it was a touchdown, but then I looked on the screen and I saw that
 my  forearm was down,"  said Forsett. "But they weren't able to review it. Its
 just a blessing and I'm happy to have it."
 A  quick possession  from Detroit saw the  team punt the ball, with the Texans
 getting  the ball  back at their own 33.  They got down to the Detroit 27, but
 had  to settle for  a 45-yard field goal from Graham to tie the game with 2:36
 to play in the third.
 The Lions answered to get the lead back. With the ball at their own 39, Joique
 Bell  took a handoff  26 yards to the Houston 35 on the last play of the third
 quarter. Three plays later, Bell took a handoff up the middle and into the end
 zone  untouched  on a 23-yard  score for  a 31-24 lead  with 13:31 left in the
 Each  team  then punted twice,  with Detroit's  second punt pinning the Texans
 back at their own 3-yard line, but that didn't faze Schaub and the rest of the
 team, though.
 A  13-yard  catch by Andre Johnson  on third down got  the team a fresh set of
 downs.  He  added a 23-yard catch  after a 15-yard  run from Foster to get the
 ball across midfield. Houston faced a 4th-and-7, but Johnson was wide open for
 a  16-yard catch for a first down. Foster capped the 15-play drive from the 1-
 yard  line as he  punched the ball into the end zone to tie the game with 1:55
 left in regulation.
 Detroit  got across  midfield, but only to  the Houston 45 and had to punt the
 ball  back  to Houston, which  took a  couple of snaps  until the game went to
 The  Lions started the overtime with the ball and got across midfield on a 40-
 yard  catch  by Ryan Broyles,  but Brandon Pettigrew  was stripped of the ball
 after a catch and Darryl Sharpton recovered at the Houston 35.
 Foster  took the first snap 11 yards and Andre Johnson followed with a 14-yard
 catch. Another 11-yard run from Foster got the ball into scoring position, but
 the  team then took a false start. After a 3-yard run from Foster, Forsett had
 a  2-yard  loss as  did Foster  to make it  a 51-yard  field goal attempt from
 Graham,  who missed  it just to the left  to give Detroit the ball back at its
 own 41.
 Detroit  only got  to the Texans' 45  and had to punt, giving Houston the ball
 back at its 9-yard line.
 Chris  Houston then came up with the first turnover of the game for Detroit as
 he  picked off  Schaub and the Lions got  down to the Houston 29 for a 47-yard
 field  goal attempt from Hanson. The normally reliable kicker, though, hit the
 ball off the right upright and the game stayed tied.
 Detroit  started  the game with the  ball and quickly faced a 3rd-and-17 after
 Stafford  was sacked  and  then  threw an  incompletion,  but  a neutral  zone
 infraction  from Houston  was followed by a 25-yard catch from Broyles, giving
 the  Lions a  first down. Calvin Johnson  had a 20-yard catch to move the ball
 across midfield, and Mikel Leshoure capped the 12-play drive with a 2-yard run
 into the end zone for a 7-0 lead five minutes in.
 That  score  was followed by  six straight punts,  three from each team, until
 Houston put together a scoring drive in the second quarter.
 Starting  at his  own 26, Schaub rolled out  to his left on the first play and
 found  Andre Johnson wide open for 37 yards. Facing a 3rd-and-2, Foster caught
 a  5-yard pass  to the Detroit 6  and ran it in  from the left end on the next
 play to tie the game with 10:57 left in the half.
 The  Lions  came  right  back  with  their  best  drive  since  their  opening
 possession.  Catches of 14  and 35 yards by Calvin Johnson got the ball across
 midfield,  and he later caught a 12-yard pass followed by a 12-yard catch from
 Pettigrew to set up a 1st-and-goal at the 5-yard line.
 Facing  a third down, Stafford side-armed the ball through the middle and into
 the  back of the end zone where Mike Thomas caught it for a 14-7 lead with six
 minutes left in the second quarter.
 Houston  answered  on its  next touch thanks  in part to  a 43-yard catch from
 Andre  Johnson down the  left sideline that he bobbled before pulling it in at
 the  Detroit 12. Three plays later, a short pass over the middle was caught by
 Owen Daniels and he took it in on a 9-yard score with 2:11 to play.
 Stefan  Logan took the  kickoff 38 yards to the Detroit 41 and Stafford needed
 just  two plays to give the Lions the lead back. Broyles caught a 37-yard pass
 down  to the 22. On the next play, Stafford tossed the ball to the back of the
 end  zone and  Calvin Johnson  came  down with  the  catch as  he was  falling
 backwards for a 21-14 lead going into the break.
 Houston  went three-and-out on its first touch of the second half, and Detroit
 was  able  to get into  scoring position thanks to  converting a pair of third
 downs. That led to a 46-yard field goal from Hanson for a 24-14 lead with 7:03
 to play in the third.
                                   Game Notes
 Detroit  offensive tackle  Jeff  Backus  sat out  the  game  with a  hamstring
 injury.  He had started a franchise-record 186 games. Also out for Detroit was
 defensive  tackle  Corey Williams with  a knee  injury ... Houston was without
 cornerback  Johnathan  Joseph, who suffered  a strained hamstring last Sunday,
 and  linebacker  Tim Dobbins was out  with a shoulder injury ... Leshoure's TD
 was  the first  rushing touchdown the Texans allowed this season ... Forsett's
 TD  run was the longest in franchise history ... It was the first time Houston
 has  played on Thanksgiving ... The teams combined for 1,026 yards of offense,
 525  from Detroit ... Leshoure had 12 carries for 32 yards and two catches for
 27  yards  while Bell had 47  yards on five  carries ... Detroit's last win on
 Thanksgiving  came in 2003 against Green Bay. The team is now 33-38-2 all-time
 on  the  holiday ...  Houston has  won two  of the  three meetings between the
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