Final

Redskins 25

(6-2, 3-1 away)

Lions 17

(0-7, 0-3 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 26, 2008

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 3 3 10 925
DET 7 3 0 717

Top Performers

Passing: J. Campbell (WSH) - 328 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: C. Portis (WSH) - 24 CAR, 126 YDS

Receiving: S. Moss (WSH) - 9 REC, 140 YDS, 1 TD

Redskins ride Moss, Campbell past upset-minded Lions

Associated Press

DETROIT -- The Washington Redskins have been waiting for the right opportunity to have Santana Moss return a punt.

Perfect timing.

Moss returned a punt 80 yards early in the fourth quarter, scoring what proved to be Washington's game-winning touchdown in a 25-17 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Fast Facts

• The Redskins have won six of their last seven, improving to 6-2 on the season.

• Clinton Portis carried 24 times for 126 yards, going over 120 yards rushing for the fifth consecutive game. Portis has now rushed for 125 yards in five consecutive games twice in his career, joining O.J. Simpson as the only players in NFL history to do it on more than one occasion.

• Santana Moss had nine receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown and also had an 80-yard punt return for a score. Moss, whose scoring reception went for 50 yards, is just the fifth player since the merger to have a touchdown reception of 50 yards and a punt return score of 80 yards in the same game.

• The Lions remained winless at 0-7, but did manage to score in the first quarter for the first time this season.

-- ESPN research

"Once he gets open, he's tough to catch in the open field," Redskins coach Jim Zorn said.

Moss' second TD of the game came on his only punt return of the day and just his second of the season.

"I was telling somebody earlier in the year, `It's not like I don't know how to do it anymore or I don't want to do it anymore," said Moss, whose last TD on a punt return was in 2002 with the New York Jets. "When the time is needed, I'm more than happy to go back there."

The Redskins are relieved to survive what seemed to be an easy three-game stretch -- playing St. Louis, Cleveland and Detroit -- with two victories that put them at 6-2 for the first time since 2000.

"Now this is the push here where the teams begin to define themselves halfway through the season," Zorn said. "We're hoping that we can keep this thing going."

Detroit's hopes of finally winning this season -- and for just the second time in 15 games -- were dashed despite going ahead for the first time in the opening quarter and leading nearly half the game.

Lions coach Rod Marinelli, though, refuses to believe his team is preconditioned to lose.

"I don't deal in couch therapy," Marinelli said. "I'll never do that. I'm going to go back and coach them."

As usual, Detroit allowed a quarterback to have a fantastic game.

Campbell was 23-of-28 for a season-high 328 yards with a touchdown and a career-high 127.4 passer rating, surpassing his performance last year against the Lions and continuing a trend.

In Detroit's seven losses, six quarterbacks have had a career-high passer rating against them.

Moss had a season-high nine receptions for 140 yards, including a 50-yard TD that put Washington ahead late in the third quarter.

The Redskins had a lot of success in the air because of what Clinton Portis did on the ground.

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Portis ran for 126 yards, joining O.J. Simpson in the NFL record book as the only players with 120 yards rushing in five straight games on two different occasions.

"It's great company," said Portis, adding the offensive line deserved praise for creating holes without tackle Chris Samuels.

Portis got an earful from Zorn on the bench because the running back was having problems with his equipment when the Redskins had the ball and the coach didn't know he wasn't available.

"He just misunderstood the situation and we had a sweet exchange of words," Zorn said. "It was the heat of the game for me.

"We just came to an understanding. We talked about it at halftime. We talked about it in front of the team."

Portis said the confrontation shouldn't be blown out of proportion.

"It wasn't nothing major. It was just miscommunication," Portis said. "I regret that it happened because I never want someone to feel like I wasn't there."

When Moss wasn't scoring, Washington's kicker came through.

Shaun Suisham kicked four field goals, including a 42-yarder with 1:56 to go that put Washington ahead by 8 points and capped a drive that took nearly 5 minutes off the clock.

Detroit got the ball at its 23 with no timeouts left -- needing a touchdown and 2-point conversion to force overtime -- but the drive ended near midfield with a short pass on fourth down.

The Lions have lost three straight games by single digits after being routed in their first four, but that's of no consolation.

"We need a win," offensive tackle Jeff Backus said. "No moral victories."

Game notes


Detroit's Dan Orlovsky was 21-of-35 for 223 yards and a TD pass to Calvin Johnson on a fourth down -- the second such conversion on a drive midway through the fourth quarter. ... Samuels missed the game with a knee injury. ... The game was blacked out on TV in the Detroit area because Ford Field was not sold out for the first time since opening in 2002.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Washington
Detroit
1st Downs2213
3rd down efficiency
5-112-12
4th down efficiency
0-02-3
Total Yards439274
Yards per play6.95.4
Total Drives10
Passing304217
Comp-Att
23-2821-35
Yards per pass
10.96.2
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-241-6
Rushing13557
Rushing Attempts
3315
Yards per rush
4.13.8
Penalties8-677-51
Turnovers10
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
00
Possession35:4524:15

Passing Leaders

WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Campbell23/2832811.7103-24
DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Orlovsky21/352236.4101-6

Rushing Leaders

WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Portis241265.3031
Alexander6111.804
DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson8212.6111
Orlovsky2178.5010

Receiving Leaders

WSHRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moss914015.6150
Cooley67412.3019
DETRECYDSAVGTDLG
McDonald56813.6025
Johnson45714.3131

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWSHDET
FG08:12Shaun Suisham 25 Yd 30
TD00:13Rudi Johnson 11 Yd Run (Jason Hanson Kick) 37
SECOND QUARTERWSHDET
FG10:28Jason Hanson 43 Yd 310
FG00:00Shaun Suisham 47 Yd 610
THIRD QUARTERWSHDET
FG11:02Shaun Suisham 45 Yd 910
TD04:42Santana Moss 50 Yd Pass From Jason Campbell (Shaun Suisham Kick) 1610
FOURTH QUARTERWSHDET
TD11:29Santana Moss 80 Yd Punt Return (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 2210
TD06:39Calvin Johnson 17 Yd Pass From Dan Orlovsky (Jason Hanson Kick) 2217
FG01:56Shaun Suisham 42 Yd 2517