Redskins beat themselves in Lions loss

Redskins beat themselves in Lions loss
September 22, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Morris trying to "find a positive" in loss to Lions

Game Recap: In the 74 years Detroit has been coming to Washington, the Lions never won a game here 

Until Sunday.

The Reggie Bush-less Lions overcame an early deficit and left FedEx Field with a 27-20 victory. It was the franchise’s first win in the D.C. area in 22 attempts.

The Redskins, meantime, fell to 0-3 for the first time since 2001. Since the NFL expanded the playoffs to 12 teams in 1990, only three of the 115 who opened the season 0-3 rallied to make the playoffs.

The Redskins appeared to take a 24-20 lead in the fourth quarter when Aldrick Robinson hauled in a 57-yard touchdown pass from Robert Griffin III, who finished the game 32 of 50 passing for 326 yards and an interception. Griffin also carried the ball six times for a season-high 37 yards.

Robinson’s go-ahead score, however, was overruled after a lengthy video review. Referee Ed Hochuli explained that the ball was never completely in Robinson’s possession as the receiver landed in the end zone.

On the ensuing Lions’ drive, Matthew Stafford converted a fourth-and-one, then found Calvin Johnson for an 11-yard touchdown that put the visitors ahead 27-17.

The Redskins trimmed their deficit to 27-20 on a 21-yard field goal by John Potter with 1:40 left to play. But it was too little, too late, as Griffin's hail mary to Pierre Garçon sailed off target.

Key Moment: In the fourth quarter, Griffin had his longest run of the season, a 21-yarder up the middle in Lions’ territory. But instead of sliding feet first, he slid on his stomach and fumbled the ball. Glover Quin recovered the ball and the Lions parlayed Griffin’s second turnover of the game into a field goal by David Akers, whose 28-yarder gave Detroit a 20-17 lead.

Player of the Game: DeAngelo Hall. The Redskins’ cornerback intercepted a wayward pass from Matthew Stafford and used a well-timed cutback to return the ball 17 yards for a touchdown that put the Redskins ahead 7-0. Hall now has eight touchdowns and joins Ronde Barber as the only players in NFL history to have at least four interceptions returned for a touchdown and four fumbles returned for a score. In the season-opening loss, Hall returned a fumble 75 yards for a touchdown. 

Injury update: Linebacker Brandon Jenkins left the game late in the first half with a right ankle injury. He was then ruled out for the afternoon early in the third quarter. It wasn’t immediately clear how the rookie was injured. 

Tight end Jordan Reed, meantime, left the game in the second half with a right quad contusion. He rode a stationary bike for a while on the sideline before being pulled.

Fred Davis was among the inactives due to an ankle sprain he suffered in practice on Friday, according to a league source. The tight end was added to the injury report Saturday.

Kicker Kai Forbath missed his second straight game because of a groin muscle strain. He did not attempt to kick before the game.

Safety Brandon Meriweather returned from a concussion and played the entire game. It marked the first time that’s happened since he signed with the Redskins in March 2012, a span of 20 games.

From the Locker Room: 

-Reed said he took a helmet to his right quad in the third quarter. He said he doesn't expect to miss any playing time, but the rookie was limping on the way out of the locker room.
-Jenkins said he doesn't believe his ankle injury is serious. He also does not expect to miss any playing time.
-Mike Shanahan on whether he had ever started 0-3 before: "I can't remember that far back. Hopefully it hasn't been too many times. I do remember one time when I started 0-4. We'll persevere."
-Shanahan on rookie safety Bacarri Rambo not playing on defense: "Three corners start the game. ...That was our plan going in and that's what we stayed with for the majority of the game."
-Pierre Garçon on the offense's struggles: "There were a lot of key plays. We didn't do a lot of things right. We didn't convert on third downs. We didn't score points. We dropped balls. We didn't run well. We didn't block well. We have to get better as a whole offense."
-Aldrick Robinson on the overturned touchdown: "I for sure caught the ball. I had the ball in my left hand, but the camera view was on the right side and then I had it on my right side. I secured the catch and I got up knowing I secured the catch."