Calvin “Megatron” Johnson and the Lions got their first win of the season against the Redskins and ended their 19-game losing streak
For the first time since Dec. 23, 2007, the Detroit Lions can finally call themselves winners. In an upset special the Lions led by rookie QB Matthew Stafford (21/36, 241 yards, 1 TD, and 0 INTs) scored a 19-14 victory over the Washington Redskins. The win ended their 19-game losing streak and hopefully ended any reference to their NFL record low of a 0-16 season in 2008. The Lions (1-2) no longer to worry about catching the infamous Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1976-1977 who lost an NFL record 26 games in a row.
The poor Redskins who now will be the answer to every punchline fought valiantly in the end, but they were too sloppy and did not play with the urgency needed. The Skins also lost high-priced offseason DT Albert Haynesworth, who was carted off with an injured hip. Lions points came via a Stafford 21-yard touchdown pass to Bryant Johnson – had a big day with four catches for 73 yards and 1 TD — in the first quarter. And a short touchdown run by reserve RB Maurice Morris in the fourth quarter after a huge pass interference penalty was called on Redskins S Chris Horton in the endzone.
After the score by Morris, the Lions defense rose to the occasion by stopping the Redskins when it mattered most including a severely botched hook-and-lateral on the last play of the game. The Lions held the ball for over 36 minutes, allowed the Skins to convert only 2 of 10 first downs, and forced one interception.
Now all the negative attention will turn Redskins head coach Jim Zorn, whose team had 9 penalties and continued having problems jelling on offense. After an 8-8 season, Zorn in his second season already has a loss to the formerly winless Lions and a near miss last week to the lackluster Rams.