09.23.2013 / Blog Posts Redskins
Despite being competitive in the waning minutes of Sunday’s game, the Washington Redskins tasted bitter defeat once again, this time by the score of 27-20 to the Detroit Lions. Going into the game, the Redskins were riding a 21-game home winning streak against the Lions.
The defensive had its most stout performance to date, limiting the Lions to only 63 rushing yards and allowing only 31 percent of third downs to be converted. In the red zone, the secondary held quarterback Matthew Stafford in check as the former No. 1 overall pick connected on only two of his 10 pass attempts.
[Red zone: The red zone is when the offense is inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.]
Veteran linebacker London Fletcher, who appeared in his 242nd consecutive game, opened the game with a clobbering sack. His effort was rewarded with a chorus of loud applause from a sold out crowd at FedxField.
On the next drive, cornerback DeAngelo Hall picked off an errant pass and returned it nine yards for his second touchdown of the season.
After a disappointing opening game where he uncharacteristically fumbled twice, running back Alfred Morris scored the team’s first first half touchdown of the season from 30 yards out on third down. It was the second longest touchdown run of his career and was the highlight of the day for an offense that managed 420 yards, 73 of which from the second-year back.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III became the first Redskin to throw for 300 yards in the first three games of any season (326), but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Lions led.
Early in the fourth quarter, Griffin III connected with wide receiver Aldrick Robinson for a 57-yard touchdown. The play brought the crowd to its feet, but after close examination from the referees, it was ruled an incompletion. The ruling shifted the momentum into the Lions’ corner as they would score the final touchdown of the day to put the game out of reach.
The Redskins travel to California this Sunday to take on the Oakland Raiders (1-1) in their first meeting since 2009 when the Redskins pounded the Raiders 34-13.
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