It would have been a heart-warming happy ending if the Lions would have won in overtime on a 47-yard field goal from Jason Hanson.
Of course, it didn’t happen. The Texans won 34-31 on Thanksgiving.
Hanson has 19 career game-winning field goals made in the fourth quarter or overtime. He is tied for most overtime field goals (nine) in NFL history.
He had made 12 of 14 field goals this season entering Thursday’s game.
Hanson was good from 46 yards in the third quarter to give the Lions the 24-14 lead.
But in overtime he hit the upright on a 47-yard field goal attempt.
“It just went right obviously. I don’t know what to say. Just started right and went right at the upright so it doesn’t matter if it hits the upright or goes wide it’s no good,’’ Hanson said.
It appeared that the snap was low, but Hanson said he didn’t notice. “So yeah it’s a moot point when Nick’s (Harris) a good holder and gets it done. And it’s up to me to get it in,’’ Hanson said.
In his 21st season, Hanson has seen it all with the Lions and admitted this was one of the crazier games.
“It was pretty emotional up and down,’’ Hanson said. “A lot of chances, a lot of crazy situations, but at the end when it comes down to the kick, it’s the same as if it was in regulation or it doesn’t matter what happened before it. Everything’s right there.’’
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