It would have been one of the signature moments of Hanson's 21-year NFL career, and for a moment, it looked like he gave Lions fans one great memory from this disappointing season. Then the ball hit the right upright and careened left. For a moment, no one in America or Detroit was sure if the Lions had won the game. The ball bounced forward and hit the turf. No good.
"I overreacted, and it cost us," Schwartz said afterward.
Ultimately, we'll remember this as the game that killed any tiny hope the Lions, now 4-7, had left for this season. It was such a fitting loss because Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and defensive tackle Nick Fairley all showed Detroit's massive potential. The Lions crossed the 50-yard line on their last six possessions and didn't score a point. But bad luck, poor discipline and a weak running game didn't allow Detroit to hold on to a lead.
The Texans are 10-1 and continue to live a charmed life. That's two consecutive overtime wins against sub-standard competition.