NFL Game Summary - Detroit at Washington
(Sunday, September 22nd)
Final Score: Detroit 27, Washington 20
Landover, MD (Sports Network) - Matthew Stafford threw a pair of touchdowns
and the Detroit Lions won for the first time ever in Washington with a 27-20
victory over the Redskins on Sunday.
It took 22 games and 76 years, but the Lions were finally able to win in the
nation's capital as Stafford threw for 385 yards on 25-of-42 attempts with an
Joique Bell, starting in place of an injured Reggie Bush, totaled 132 yards of
offense with a touchdown, while Calvin Johnson caught seven passes for 115
yards and a score for the Lions (2-1), who bounced back from a loss in Arizona
"I'm proud as can be of our team," said Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz. "That
was a tough hard-fought game and was a nice road win for us. We got a lot of
contributions from all the guys on our offense and it was nice to see."
Robert Griffin III passed for 326 yards on 32-of-50 attempts, but had an
interception and fumbled the ball once for the Redskins (0-3), who have
dropped their first three games to start a season for the first time since
losing five in a row to begin 2001.
"We need to eliminate some of the mistakes we've been making in these games,"
said Washington head coach Mike Shanahan. "We did some good things in this
game, but the mistakes are still killing us and beating us."
Washington had tied the game, 17-17, on its first possession of the second
half, and the score stayed that way until the Lions went on top with 11:08 to
The score was set up on a Griffin fumble, as he scrambled for 21 yards and
fell on the ground, losing the football which the Lions recovered at their own
After Johnson caught a pass for 18 yards, Nate Burleson caught a deep pass
over the middle for 47 yards down to the Washington 10. The drive stalled from
there, though, and a 28-yard field goal from David Akers made it a 20-17 game.
Washington had appeared to take the lead as Griffin lofted a bomb down the
middle that Aldrick Robinson had appeared to catch for a 57-yard score. It was
initially ruled a touchdown, but the review overturned the call as the ball
came loose when Robinson hit the ground. Washington ultimately had to punt.
The Lions gained some momentum from the fortunate call as Bell caught a pass
for 16 yards on the first play and Kris Durham added a 33-yard catch two plays
later. The nine-play, 71-yard drive was capped on an 11-yard touchdown catch
over the middle by Johnson for a 27-17 lead with 3:56 to play.
Washington was able to drive down the field and got into the red zone for the
first time in the game, but had to settle for a 21-yard field goal from John
Potter with 1:40 to play.
The Redskins went for the onside kick and appeared to recover it, but it was
grabbed before the ball went 10 yards. The defense held and got the ball back
to the offense with 38 seconds to play, but it wasn't enough time and
Griffin's desperation heave on the last play was knocked away.
Each team had a touch and punted before a defensive touchdown put the Redskins
on the board as DeAngelo Hall caught a short pass from Stafford and went the
other way for a 17-yard score and a 7-0 lead with 9:23 to play in the first.
Stafford came right back to tie the game with a touchdown drive that was
helped by a roughing the passer call on Washington that added 15 yards to a
37-yard catch from Bell. It was Bell finding the end zone, as he bounced off
two tacklers for a 12-yard score with 5:14 to play in the first.
After a three-and-out from Washington, Detroit took over at its own 8-yard
line and the first play saw Johnson catch an 18-yard pass. Three more
receptions moved the ball 52 yards before a 13-yard run from Bell had the
Lions on the Washington 5-yard line. Three plays later, Stafford sidearmed a
pass into the back of the end zone that saw Joseph Fauria make a leaping grab
for a 14-7 lead just 13 seconds into the second quarter.
Griffin was picked off by Chris Houston deep in Detroit territory, but
Washington was able to hold the Lions to a three-and-out.
Washington quickly faced a 3rd-and-8, but a neutral zone infraction on Detroit
followed by a 12-yard catch from Josh Morgan moved the chains. After an 18-
yard catch from Santana Moss moved the ball to the Detroit 30, Alfred Morris
ran the ball in around the right end to tie the game with 3:29 to play in the
It was the first offensive touchdown in the first half of the game for the
Redskins this season.
The Lions came right back and a 41-yard catch from Burleson got the ball down
to the Washington 28. The Lions managed another first down, but three straight
incompletions to Johnson forced a 32-yard field goal from Akers to make it a
17-14 game going into the break.
Taking advantage of a short field as Sam Martin kicked the ball out of bounds,
the Redskins started the second half with the ball at their own 40. The second
play of the drive saw Griffin toss a deep pass down the left sideline that
Pierre Garcon caught for 27 yards. That led to a 43-yard field goal from
Potter to tie the game at 17-all less than three minutes in.
It was the fourth interception return for a touchdown in Hall's career ...
Johnson caught his 500th pass of his career in the first quarter ... Detroit's
first loss in Washington came in 1939 as the Redskins had moved to the capital
in 1937 after starting out in Boston ... Morris finished the game with 73
yards on 15 carries ... Garcon led Washington with eight catches for 73 yards
... Burleson finished the game with six catches for 116 yards ... Bell had 69
yards receiving and 63 running ... The Lions have won three straight against
the Redskins ... Washington plays in Oakland next Sunday ... The Lions return
home to face the Bears next Sunday.
09/22 18:43:27 ET
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