The helmet ended up in Stafford’s chin, but no flag was thrown.
The league office has now admitted in a roundabout way that a penalty was in order. Watt has been fined $15,750 for striking the quarterback in the head/neck area.
The Lions would have/should have/could have gotten a first down at the Texans’ 30, with enough time to get closer and try for a game-winning field goal.
So even though coach Jim Schwartz should be blaming himself for that red-flag rigmarole, Schwartz and the Lions have every reason to be miffed about a missed call that could have put them at 5-6 and still in the thick of the wild-card chase.