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Lions Score Late to Beat Redskins

Will Fairfax
The Redskins took the lead with just over a minute left in the game. That was too much time for the former number one overall pick. | Photo Credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The Washington Redskins four game-winning streak was snapped, as they lost 20-17 to the Detroit Lions.  

The Redskins had a great drive going late in the first quarter that took them inside the Lion’s 10-yard line. Running back Matt Jones fumbled the ball, which was recovered by the Lions. It was the second fumble by Jones in the game.

Detroit took advantage of the takeaway and turned it into a field goal to take a 3-0 lead.

Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins hit the left upright on Washington’s next possession. The 45-yard field goal miss was his second missed field goal of the year.

Washington ended the first half with a 10-play drive that resulted in a field goal tying the game at 3-3 going into halftime.

The Redskins first drive of the second half stalled due to several penalties and a big drop by wide receiver Jamison Crowder that would have resulted in a first down.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford found Marvin Jones for a 52-yard catch on the Lions first possession of the second half. Four plays later the Lions scored a touchdown to help open a 10-3 lead.

The Redskins were driving down the field into Lions territory on the following possession. Redskins' quarterback Kirk Cousins was stepped on by one of his offensive lineman and started to trip, but he decided to try and make the handoff to his running back anyway. That decision was a big mistake as it resulted in a fumble recovered by the Lions.

Redskins linebacker Trent Murphy stripped Stafford on the Lions next drive, but the ball bounced right back to Stafford. Washington’s defense managed to limit Detroit to a field goal. The field goal gave the Lions a 13-3 lead and made it a two possession game early in the fourth quarter.

The Redskins offense finally found its rhythm early in the fourth quarter driving 74 yards to the Lions one-yard line. On second and goal running back rookie Ryan Kelly caught a one-yard touchdown pass, his first career touchdown. The touchdown cut the Lions lead to 13-10.

The Redskins defense came up with a big stop to give the ball right back to the Redskins offense.

Cousins helped to lead the Redskins methodically down the field deep into Lions territory.

One first and 10 at the Lions 19 yard line Cousins ran a zone read play. Cousins read the Lions defender who crashed inside, so Cousins kept the ball and ran 19 yards for a touchdown. The touchdown gave the Redskins a 17-13 lead with just over a minute left in the game.  It was Cousins longest run of his NFL career.

It was all for naught though as Stafford led the Lions to his 24th game-winning touchdown of his career. Bashaud Breeland and Josh Norman were both injured during the game and did not play on the Lions' final drive of the game. The Redskins defense gave almost no resistance on the Lions last possession of the game. The 18-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin was a great throw by Stafford. Stafford has come through in the clutch plenty of times before. 


The 20-17 loss drops the Redskins record to 4-3.

Washington has no one to blame but themselves. The Redskins were in position early to take the lead in the first quarter, but Jones fumbled the ball at the one-yard line. Hopkins missed a field goal in the first half. That is 10 potential points that the Redskins could have had.   

The Redskins not only lost, but also suffered a number of injuries most notably Breeland, Norman and Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams.

The Redskins head to London to face the Cincinnati Bengals next week.

Will Fairfax is a Washington Redskins staff writer for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter @WillFairfax1.  You can also follow Redskins content on PFS on Twitter @spot_redskins.

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