Detroit Lions vs. Washington Redskins: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
The Detroit Lions win in Washington for the first time in franchise history, knocking off the Redskins 27-20. A strong red-zone stand held Washington to a field goal, and the Lions defense then held on as Washington desperately tried for a late score.
Post game thoughts: Stafford 25-for-42, 385 yards and two TDs. The final TD throw to Calvin Johnson was a masterpiece. Getting the touchdown instead of the field goal on the red zone possession was the difference in winning the game.
Detroit had two 100-yard receivers in Nate Burleson and Calvin Johnson. It was Johnson’s 34th career game with over 100 yards and included his 500th career reception.
Joique Bell caught 4 passes for 69 yards and also ran for another 65 on 17 carries before the clock-killing drive tarnished his stats a bit.
Willie Young played another strong game. I had him for 3 QB pressures, including a huge one on 1st & goal on Washington’s penultimate drive that forced an errant throw.
The Lions OL struggled early with the Redskins blitzes but played better as the game progressed, particularly the guards Rob Sims and Larry Warford. I thought Riley Reiff played an excellent game at left tackle on first viewing.
Suh was very quiet in the first half but came alive like Peter Frampton in the 2nd half. He needed to as it was not a god day for Nick Fairley.
Here's hoping Jason Jones' knee is okay after he left in the first half. Israel Idoinje looked old and slow, save on QB pressure late in the 4th.
I'll have a takeaways from the game a little later and a full Lions report card by 6 AM.
Enjoy the win, Lions fans! This was a quality road win over a game opponent.
Lions win in Washington for the first time ever, but did you see Nick Fairley spying RGIII on the Hail Mary attempt?— Ty Schalter (@tyschalter) September 22, 2013
Lions win! Our long national capital nightmare is over!
Nice red zone stand by the Lions defense. Good pressure by Willie Young on 1st down and Glover Quin on the blitz on 3rd & goal to force the field goal. 27-20 with 1:40 remaining.
Two very curious penalties on this Washington drive. I didn't think either should have been flagged.
That Calvin Johnson TD catch is a play that not many teams can make. Required a bullet throw and strong hands.
I did not like the decision to go for it on 4th-and-inches. I would have taken the easy FG and counted on the defense to get a hold. Let's hope Detroit proves me wrong.
Mathis was very polite there not to light RG3 up as he was headed for the sideline. Could have, legally, easily.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 22, 2013
A definite sign of progress on the "avoiding stupid penalty" front
And the lesson here is I should listen to my wife more often. Calvin Johnson agrees that's not a catch.
Didn't look like the process was complete on that one ...— Paula Pasche (@paulapasche) September 22, 2013
That throw by RG3 was absolutely perfect. Aldrick Robinson torched Rashean Mathis and Griffin hit him deep, no safety help.
My wife thinks the ball moved and shouldn't be a catch. I'm undecided thanks to Fox choosing bad camera angles thus far.
So that change worked... Should not have returned. Was 7-8 yards deep.— John Keim (@john_keim) September 22, 2013
A lot of folks wondered why John Wendling made the final 53. Plays like that tackle at the 10 on the kickoff explain why. Beauty kick coverage.
Lions settling for another FG. Fauria was open for the second time. He turned the wrong way on one, Stafford a little off there.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 22, 2013
For the second time the Lions stall in the red zone. Stafford 0-for-3, not real close on any, and it forces the 28 yard Akers FG. Lions up 20-17.
Pierrce Garcon consistently beating Rashean Mathis in man coverage, and the safety help has not been there. Smart 3rd-and-long conversion by Washington.
Let me say this, Ansah is really job. Way ahead of where I expected him to be.— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) September 22, 2013
For those who were concerned about Detroit using a top-five pick on Ziggy Ansah, he has been very good today.
Sam Martin did not hit that punt well. Ideal opportunity to pin the Skins deep and he can't get inside the 20. Could be a big mistake. Look like he embellished the minor contact after the kick.
For the record, though, Suh is having a great game.— Michael Tanier (@MikeTanier) September 22, 2013
To be fair to Mike Tanier, whom I've met in person and know to be a very funny person
CJ Mosely getting into the Suh Fairley goonery for the #Lions. Spreads like a zombie plague.— Michael Tanier (@MikeTanier) September 22, 2013
And another personal foul, this one on CJ Mosley. The call was a facemask, which is incorrect; Mosley clotheslined Morris under the chin much in the way Clay Matthews got Colin Kaepernick in Week 1. That's six penalties for 51 yards.
Lions had 3 rushes for minus-1 yard in the second quarter.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 22, 2013
This is not a promising statistic...
Washington benefits from the special teams penalty on the kickoff and drives far enough for John Potter to nail the 43-yard field goal. Good coverage by Rashean Mathis on third down forced the field goal after he and Delmas got burned earlier in the drive.
Haltime notes: Stafford is 15-of-25, 228 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. He missed his last three attempts.
Both Washington punts have pinned the Lions inside the 20 as the return game continues to struggle.
Willie Young continues his dubious string of committing at least one penalty in every half of football thus far this year. He jumped offsides in the first half.
Alfred Morris has 56 yards on just 7 carries, including the 30-yard TD sprint.
Detroit outgained Washington 258-180 in the first half. Each team has one turnover.
The Lions OL struggled early with the blitzes but has settled in nicely. The run blocking has not been very effective, especially the interior OL. Dominic Raiola was so good last week but he’s struggling this week.
Jason Jones is questionable to return with his knee injury. He was sorely missed on the Morris TD run. It’s too bad Devin Taylor is inactive as he couldn’t possibly be less effective than Israel Idonije, who looks every minute of 32 years old.
Dumb personal foul penalty by Nick Fairley. DUMB— Paula Pasche (@paulapasche) September 22, 2013
Ziggy Ansah gets the strip sack on RG3 but Nick Fairley commits a truly asinine personal foul penalty to negate the great effort play by the rookie. Washington cannot capitalize and the score at halftime remains 17-14.
DeAngelo Hall with a great play to break up the potential TD. Perfect throw by Stafford.— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) September 22, 2013
Lions go up 17-14 on the David Akers FG. Three successive passes from Stafford to Johnson from the 15 fell incomplete, the first on an outstanding play by DeAngelo Hall.
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