Lions beat Redskins on road for first time since 1935
Stafford throws for 385 yards in win
LANDOVER, Md. — Matthew Stafford threw for 385 yards and two touchdowns as Detroit snapped a lengthy road losing streak against Washington.
Stafford completed 25-of-42 passes and Joique Bell had 20 carries for 63 yards and a score while filling in for the injured Reggie Bush. Nate Burleson made six catches for 116 yards and Calvin Johnson hauled in seven passes for 115 yards and a touchdown for the Lions (2-1), who had lost 21 consecutive road meetings – including playoffs – with the Redskins.
Robert Griffin III was 32-of-50 for 326 yards and an interception for Washington (0-3), which is off to an 0-3 start for the first time since losing its first five games in 2001. DeAngelo Hall returned an interception 17 yards for a touchdown and Alfred Morris rushed for 73 yards and a score.
Detroit capitalized on an early fourth-quarter fumble by Griffin, who lost possession when hitting the ground untouched after a 21-yard scamper. Stafford connected with Burleson on a 47-yard pass that put the ball on the Washington 10 and, after three incompletions, David Akers booted a 28-yard field goal with 11:08 left for a 20-17 lead.
Washington appeared to move ahead less than two minutes later, but Griffin’s 57-yard pass to Aldrick Robinson that initially was called a touchdown was negated after the referee ruled the receiver did not maintain possession after falling to the ground. The Redskins eventually punted, and Stafford completed a nine-play, 71-yard drive with an 11-yard TD throw to Johnson with 3:56 remaining, sealing the victory.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Bush was inactive due to a knee injury suffered in last week’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals. … Detroit had not won a road game in the series since Oct. 13, 1935, when the Redskins played in Boston. … Griffin ran for 37 yards on six carries after gaining only 25 yards on nine rushes over his first two games. … After outscoring its opponents 26-0 in the fourth quarter over the first two contests, Washington allowed 10 points in the final period while scoring only three.