NFL: Washington Redskins slip to 0-3 as Detroit Lions claim first NFL win in capital city
Last Updated: September 23, 2013 3:03pm
The Detroit Lions celebrated their first ever NFL win in Washington after completing a 27-20 victory over the Redskins at FedEx Field.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 385 yards and two touchdowns while Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson both racked up more than 100 receiving yards, the former hauling in the decisive score in the fourth quarter.
Washington, who fell to huge deficits in both their two previous contests, were much more competitive on both sides of the ball but ultimately could not do enough to claim their first win of the season.
The much-maligned Redskins defence produced the first touchdown of the game when Stafford attempted to throw from his own nine-yard line and was picked off by DeAngelo Hall, who took the interception back to the house.
But Detroit (2-1) responded before the end of the first quarter with an 85-yard touchdown drive, which was aided by two Washington penalties and ended with running back Joique Bell powering into the end zone.
The Lions took the lead shortly after the start of the second quarter as Stafford marched down the field again before finding rookie tight end Joseph Fauria for a five-yard touchdown pass.
Robert Griffin III then undid a promising drive by throwing an interception but, after the Redskins got the ball back, Alfred Morris broke free for a 30-yard touchdown run to tie things up.
David Akers and John Potter traded field goals either side of half-time to make it 17-17 before both offences stalled in the third quarter, meaning the game headed into the final 15 minutes all-square.
A Griffin fumble early in the fourth quarter allowed the Lions to edge ahead with another Akers three-pointer, a lead they retained when a 57-yard touchdown bomb from Griffin to Aldrick Robinson was chalked off after replays showed the receiver did not have control of the ball when it hit the ground.
On the ensuing drive Stafford converted a fourth down on a quarterback sneak before finding Johnson with an 11-yard touchdown pass which effectively iced the game.