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            === Lions beat Redskins, end historic losing skid in DC ===
 
 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
 interception.
 
 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
 last week.
 
 "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
 play.
 
 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
 25.
 
 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
 first half.
 
 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.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 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 18:44:56 ET