Detroit Lions v Houston Texans
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We’ll be providing live updates for the Lions’ Thanksgiving game, so you can focus on eating.

The Detroit Lions and the Houston Texans face off on Thursday for the Thanksgiving Day Classic in Detroit. With the Texans at 3-7 and the Lions at 4-6, there isn’t much on the line on the field other than pride. That being said, on national TV, it feels like the stakes are higher than a normal game, anyways.

So stick right here as we provide live updates from Detroit, including scoring updates, highlights and any developing news from Week 12.


The inactives are out of the Lions, and it doesn’t look good. Rookie running back D’Andre Swift is INACTIVE, meaning he’ll miss his second straight with a concussion. Considering the Lions are already missing Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola, Detroit’s could see more struggles after being shutout last week for the first time since 2009.

The good news is that Amani Oruwariye is ACTIVE, though it’s unclear if he’ll start after dealing with a back injury.

Come on back for kickoff as we’ll be providing live updates all day.

First quarter

The Texans offense took the field first, and it appeared they were poised to score on their opening possession. After converting a third-and-7, Deshaun Watson faced a third-and-10 a few plays later at midfield. Jarrad Davis, however, had a nice pass rush from the edge, got a hand on Watson and Everson Griffen cleaned up the sack, forcing a punt.

The Lions offense came out and had some fireworks. Thanks to catches 61 yards from T.J. Hockenson, the Lions were able to get deep into Texans territory. 51 of those yards were picked up on a well-designed reverse flea-flickery type of play:

After a Texans pass interference call that put Detroit on the goal line, Adrian Peterson punched it in from a yard away to give the Lions an early lead. 7-0 Lions.

Detroit’s defense remained stout early in the game. After allowing Watson to scramble for 12 yards on the first play of the drive, the Lions would tighten up. A holding penalty pushed the Texans back, and Desmond Trufant had a nice pass breakup on a third down to force a second consecutive punt.

Unfortunately for Detroit, the very first play was a disaster. Matthew Stafford felt the blitz coming and was prepared to drop it off to fullback Jason Cabinda. But J.J. Watt got in the passing lane and picked it off. Watt was able to easily stroll in for the touchdown, but the Texans missed the extra point. 7-6 Lions.

Detroit quickly gave the ball right back to the Texans, as Jonathan Williams—on his first carry for the Lions this season—coughed it up.

After a sketchy pass interference call, the Texans were on the goal line. A play-action pass from Watson to running back C.J. Prosise fooled the Lions defense, and put the Texans up on the day. 13-7 Texans.

The Lions offense would get back in gear toward the end of the first quarter and worked their way to midfield before the game clock elapsed.

Second quarter

But on the very first play of the second quarter, Kerryon Johnson fumbled in the red zone, Detroit’s third turnover of the day against a Texans defense that had only five turnovers on the season going into this game.

However, the Texans gave the ball right back with a fumble of their own. Jamie Collins Sr. ripped the ball from Prosise and Jahlani Tavai recovered.

A few plays later, Adrian Peterson punched it in for his second score of the game. 14-13 Lions.

After putting the ensuing kickoff out of bounds, the Texans had good field position. A pass interference call on Desmond Trufant put Houston in Lions territory after just one play. Though a holding penalty would push them back temporarily, Watson found a wide open Duke Johnson, who had thoroughly beaten Jamie Collins Sr. for a 33-yard touchdown. 20-14 Texans

The Lions offense was moving along quite nicely again, however their conservative nature slowed them down again. After runs on first and second down, the Lions failed to convert a third-and-6. Faced with the option to go for it from the Texans 49-yard line, Detroit opted to punt and Jack Fox kicked it into the endzone.

The Texans took the ball and drove right down field. A big 27-yard gain to Brandin Cooks helped Houston get out of a second-and-24 rut following a Nick Williams sack. Still, the Lions were able to get a stop in the red zone and hold the Texans to just three. 23-14 Texans.

Detroit had plenty of time and three timeouts to pull within a possession before the end of t he half. However, Stafford took a sack on a third-and-8 that pushed Detroit back 4 yards to Houston’s 48-yard line. Rather than go for it on fourth-and-12 or kicking a 66-yard field goal, the Lions punted, essentially ending the half.

Third quarter

The Lions offense took the field in the second half and wanted to make a statement. They went out and ran the ball 10 straight times and it was working all over a bad Texans defense. The Lions then dialed up another trick play.

But the ball slipped out of Matthew Stafford’s hands, and it was ruled incomplete and stood upon review. Detroit couldn’t punch it in there, and had to settle for a disappointing three points. 23-17 Texans.

The Texans would quickly retaliate. A big pass to Will Fuller V (38 yards) put Houston into field goal range. Watson missed a wide open Jordan Atkins for a touchdown, forcing them to settle for just three, but pushing it back to a two-score game. 26-17 Texans.

The Lions next possession stalled out from there, leaving Detroit in a significant hole as the headed into the fourth quarter.

Fourth quarter

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