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Schwartz had even more reason to know about the red-flag rule

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DETROIT - OCTOBER 16: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the San Francisco 49ers argues with Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions during the NFL game at Ford Field on October 16, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The 49ers defeated the Lions 25-19. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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Lost in the red-flag fiasco from Thanksgiving is the fact that Lions coach Jim Schwartz knew about the rule that use of the red-flag when the replay is automatic blocks the review.

And here’s further proof that Schwartz knew.

As Jay Glazer of FOX pointed out on Sunday, the application of this rule to 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh in 2011 prompted Schwartz to shout “know the rules” (with a profanity or two peppered in) at Harbaugh, laying the foundation for the notorious post-game handshake incident.

So Schwartz didn’t know the rule for which he chided Harbaugh for not knowing the rule, and given the impact of the move on the Lions’ game and season, he should be grateful got an extension or he’d be on the hot seat.