It had to be a matter of time. After all, the Detroit Lions – as bad as they have been – had to win a game sometime. Fortunately for them, the Washington Redskins were only too happy to comply. After the final gun, it was without a doubt just like a huge burden was lifted off of their shoulders; Washington’s late rally came up short, allowing Detroit to end a 20-game losing streak, escaping Ford Field with a 19-14 win.
Interestingly enough, both teams seemed rather punchless as only a Matthew Stafford-to-Bryant Johnson touchdown pass of 21 yards was the only scoring in the first quarter. The second quarter wasn’t much better as Lions’ kicker Jason Hanson booted a pair of field goals, which gave Detroit a 13-0 lead that they would take into their locker room at halftime.
But Washington would respond early in the third quarter as quarterback Jason Campbell tossed a 57-yard touchdown pass to WR Santana Moss, narrowing their deficit to 13-7; the fourth quarter would be the deciding period as Detroit would strike paydirt again on a 2-yard rushing TD but RB Maurice Morris, extending the Lions’ lead to 19-7. the Redskins would narrow it to 19-14 on a Campbell TD pass to Rock Cartwright. But efficient time management along with some key first downs sealed the Lions’ first win of the season.
Stafford did relatively well as he went 21-of-36 for 241 yards with a TD and more importantly for him, no interceptions; meanwhile, Campbell had his best effort this season, going 27-for-41 for 340 yards with 2 TD’s and an INT. Kevin Smith led the Lions’ rushing attack with 101 yards on 16 carries while Clinton Portis was Washington’s leading rusher with 42 yards on 12 carries.
WR Santana Moss had an outstanding game for the Redskins, catching 10 passes for 178 yards and a TD while RB Ladell Bettts caught four for 43 yards. Johnson led the Lions’ receivers with four receptions for 73 yards and a score while Calvin Johnson nabbed 5 passes for 49 yards. Detroit (1-2) hope to rise to .500 as they will next travel to Chicago to take on the Bears next weekend while Washington (1-2) returns home to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday.