Detroit Lions 27, Washington Redskins 20 (box score)
The Detroit Lions heard talk this week that they are just the “same old Lions” following their loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The players didn’t feel the criticism was warranted and took a big step in shedding the S.O.L label by doing something the franchise had never done before: beating the Washington Redskins on the road.
It was an inauspicious start for the Lions, who trailed 7-0 after DeAngelo Hall got the better of Calvin Johnson in a one-on-one situation to intercept the pass and take it back 17 yards for a touchdown.
Undeterred, the offense moved the ball against the Redskins defense throughout the first half. A Joique Bell touchdown run and a touchdown pass to Joseph Fauria helped the Lions to a 17-14 halftime lead.
The Redskins kicked a field goal for the only score in the third quarter. Tied at 17 with 15 minutes to play, this one came down to who would be able to make the most “winning” plays. The “same old Lions” don’t come up with winning plays but this group of Lions did just that.
The Lions converted a key fourth and short deep in Redskins territory on a quarterback sneak in which Matthew Stafford got a timely push from Joique Bell to fall forward for the first down. Matthew Stafford would go on to find Calvin Johnson for an 11-yard touchdown strike to give the Lions a ten point lead just over four minutes to play.
The Reskins mounted a drive but couldn’t get in the end zone, instead settling for a field goal to draw within 27-20. A failed onside kick and a final shot at the end zone after a Lions punt sealed the victory for the visitors.