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(Sunday, October 26th)
Final Score: Washington 25, Detroit 17
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Santana Moss caught a touchdown and returned a punt for a score as the Washington Redskins downed the toothless Detroit Lions, 25-17, at Ford Field.
Moss had nine catches for 140 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown reception, and added an 80-yard punt return for a score for the Redskins (6-2), who are off to their best start since 2000.
Jason Campbell went 23-for-28 with 328 yards and a score while Clinton Portis added 126 yards on 24 carries for Washington, which has won 19 of its past 21 games against Detroit.
Dan Orlovsky went 21-for-35 with 223 yards and a score while Calvin Johnson had four catches for 57 yards and a score for the Lions (0-7), who have lost their last eight games dating back to last season.
"I look at every game and see what's correctible," said Lions head coach Rod Marinelli. "That's the first thing I do and then I go back and correct it. And then I look at the things I think were better and I try to build off of them."
Trailing by four points to start the second half, Washington cut further into its deficit on its first touch of the half as Shaun Suisham hit a 45-yard field goal to make it a 10-9 contest less than four minutes in.
After holding the Lions and getting the ball back at their own five-yard-line, the Redskins went to work and grabbed the lead. A 17-yard pass to Chris Cooley gave the team some breathing room and a few plays later a face mask call on Detroit got the ball to midfield. On the next play, Campbell found Moss along the right sideline and the receiver broke a tackle on his way into the end zone on a 50-yard score and a 16-10 lead with 4:42 left in the third.
Washington upped its lead thanks to the special teams. Moss fielded a punt at his own 20-yard line, broke two tackles and then raced down the left sideline on an 80-yard touchdown. Washington went for the two-point conversion, but failed and held a 22-10 lead with 11:29 to play.
"It was an unbelievable, even heroic effort for Santana because they had him dead to rights," said Redskins head coach Jim Zorn. "He's tough to catch in the open field."
Detroit answered on the next touch to cut the lead to five points. On 4th- and-4, Orlovsky hit Johnson on a short pass to the left side and the receiver cut it back inside and stretched over the goalline on a 17-yard score to make it a 22-17 game with 6:39 left.
Washington, though, killed off over 4 1/2 minutes of the clock on its next touch and got a 42-yard field goal from Suisham just after the two-minute warning to seal the victory, as Detroit came up short on the ensuing possession.
The Redskins started the game with the ball and put points on the board. The team had a 1st-and-goal at the one-yard-line, but the Detroit defense stood tall and pushed the team back six yards, resulting in a 25-yard field goal from Suisham for a 3-0 lead with 8:12 left in the first.
After an exchange of punts, the Lions marched quickly down the field to take the lead. On 3rd-and-8, an Orlovsky pass fell incomplete, but Leigh Torrence was called for holding and the Lions got a fresh set of downs. On the next play, Orlovsky connected with Johnson for a 31-yard play and Rudi Johnson followed that with an 11-yard run up the middle and into the end zone for a 7-3 lead with 13 seconds left in the first.
The Lions held the Redskins on the ensuing possession and, after getting the ball back, extended their lead. On the first play of the drive, Orlovsky hit Shaun McDonald for 25 yards to get the ball past midfield. The drive, though, stalled at the 24 and the team called on Jason Hanson, who was true from 43 yards out to make it a 10-3 game with 10:28 left in the second.
Suisham lined up for a 50-yard field goal on Washington's next touch, but his attempt missed to the right.
Suisham, though, redeemed himself after the Redskins held the Lions as he booted a 47-yard field goal on the last play of the first half to make it a 10-6 game heading into the locker room.
McDonald had five catches for 68 yards...Cooley finished the game with six catches for 74 yards...Washington controlled the ball for 35:45...Campbell has not thrown an interception this season (230 attempts)...Portis has 696 rushing yards over the past five games...The Lions managed just 57 rushing yards in the game.
10/26 19:52:31 ET
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