Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz cost his team seven points because of throwing an errant challenge flag, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh is aware of the danger going into Sunday’s game at the San Diego Chargers.
The Lions lost 34-31 in overtime to the Houston Texans on Thursday. Schwartz was upset that Texans running back Justin Forsett was credited with an 81-yard touchdown run when his elbow and knee were clearly down on replay.
Scoring plays and change of possession plays are instantly reviewed by the replay booth, unless a coach throws an unnecessary challenge flag. If that happens, the play isn’t reviewed and the result of the play stands.
"My overall reaction? This is family TV," Harbaugh said during a news conference with media before leaving for San Diego on Friday. "It was tough. I really don’t have a reaction. It’s what happens in football sometimes."
Going into the weekend, the Ravens (8-2) trail the Texans (10-1) by one game in the loss column. The Ravens lost 43-13 to them earlier this season, but they still have an outside shot of getting home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs going into the season's stretch run.
Of course, had the Lions won it would've made Baltimore's road a lot easier.
The rule was instituted, according to St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher who is on the NFL’s competition committee, to prevent coaches from tossing needless challenge flags as a ploy to stop the clock.
Fisher made his remarks about the rule on Sirius's NFL Radio on Friday.