Final

Redskins 25

(4-4, 2-2 away)

Lions 37

(2-5, 2-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 31, 2010

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 0 13 0 1225
DET 0 7 7 2337

Top Performers

Passing: M. Stafford (DET) - 212 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: K. Smith (DET) - 12 CAR, 51 YDS

Receiving: C. Johnson (DET) - 9 REC, 101 YDS, 3 TD

Donovan McNabb benched late as Matthew Stafford spurs Lions in return

Associated Press

DETROIT -- It's about time the Detroit Lions start to see a return from their top draft picks.

After so many years of first-round busts, Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and latest top pick Ndamukong Suh have the Lions believing they are on the road to respectability.

Stafford threw four touchdown passes, including a go-ahead 10-yarder to Johnson with 3:12 left, and Suh helped the Lions score nine more points in a 14-second span for a 37-25 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

"You expect to hit on those players," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "We have some guys that are big-time players."

The Redskins big-name player Donovan McNabb, meanwhile, was benched for the final two possessions. Coach Mike Shanahan said Rex Grossman was more comfortable with the team's 2-minute offense.

"I thought that was the best scenario for us to win," Shanahan insisted.

The move backfired.

Grossman fumbled on his first play, Suh scooped up the football and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown. The No. 2 pick in this year's draft also had two sacks in a three-play span.

"He's one of the best in the game," teammate Kyle Vanden Bosch said.

Stafford and Johnson are pretty good, too.

The Lions have invested as much as $142 million in Stafford -- the No. 1 overall pick last year -- and Johnson -- the No. 2 pick two years ago -- to lead the franchise's turnaround.

"There's a lot of bank involved in that connection," Schwartz said.

It paid off against the Redskins, helping Detroit (2-5) match the number of wins it had the previous two years.

Stafford, playing for the first time since Week 1 when his right shoulder was separated, was 26 of 45 for 212 yards with an interception to go with his four TDs.

Johnson had nine catches for 101 yards and a career-high three scores.

"He's incredible," Stafford said.

McNabb, a six-time Pro Bowl quarterback, meanwhile, has his lowest rating since 1999 when Philadelphia drafted him No. 2 overall and he started six games.

The Redskins (4-4) made a bold move in April, giving up draft picks to acquire him from the Eagles, and the results have been mixed at best.

Washington had 25-20 lead with 4:40 left when Alphonso Smith stepped in front of McNabb's pass at the Redskins 41 to set up the go-ahead TD.

McNabb, who was 17 of 30 for 210 yards with a TD and an interception, refused to criticize Shanahan's decision.

"You have to be a professional," he said. "There's a long season ahead of us."

McNabb watched the end of the game from the sideline with a baseball cap, getting benched for just the second time in his career. The other time was two years ago against Baltimore, when he was playing for Philadelphia.

"You just have to learn from it and move on," McNabb said. "I did it then, and I'll do it now."

Shanahan said McNabb is still the team's starting quarterback. If that is still true in two weeks after a bye, McNabb will get another chance against his former team when the Redskins host the Eagles in a Monday night game.

McNabb started the game without running back Clinton Portis, then lost Ryan Torain in the first half with a hamstring injury.

Rookie Keiland Williams scored a go-ahead TD early in the fourth quarter and Brandon Banks returned a kickoff 96 yards to put the Redskins ahead again midway through the quarter, but not even the NFL's hottest cornerback could stop Stafford and Johnson.

DeAngelo Hall did get the best of the matchup early in the game -- leaping in front of Johnson for an interception in the end zone -- but Johnson ended up being very productive.

Hall, who tied the NFL record with four interceptions last week, is the first player since the Chiefs' Albert Lewis in 1985 to record at least five interceptions over a two-game span.

The Lions had a balanced offense with Kevin Smith and Jahvid Best combining for 99 yards rushing and a Suh-led defense that made McNabb uncomfortable from a stumbling start to a benching finish.

After a sluggish and scoreless first quarter, long returns set up the first touchdown for both teams.

Detroit's Stefan Logan brought a punt back 71 yards and Johnson caught a pass and dragged Hall about 5 yards for a TD.

Banks returned the ensuing kick to the Lions 46 and McNabb took advantage with a 36-yard run and a 6-yard pass to Torain to make it 7-all.

Banks returned another kickoff for a score that was negated by a penalty. That was one of many mistakes -- including jumping offsides on an attempted field goal that allowed Detroit to score a TD -- that ended up haunting the Redskins.

"We still have a good football team," linebacker London Fletcher said. "We're not in a panic-type mode."

Game notes


Lions SS C.C. Brown and LB Isaiah Ekejiuba had knee injuries. ... Redskins S Chris Horton (knee) left the game and Chris Cooley (back) played through an injury. ... The Lions didn't have a sellout for the first time this season, blacking out the game on local TV. ... Fletcher played in his 200th game in a row. ... Stafford has played 12 times and missed 11 games because of injuries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WSH
DET
1st Downs1319
Passing 1st downs
1010
Rushing 1st downs
26
1st downs from Penalties
13
3rd down efficiency
2-144-17
4th down efficiency
1-21-1
Total Plays6371
Total Yards275304
Yards per play4.44.3
Total Drives2016
Passing195202
Comp - Att
21-3726-45
Yards per pass
5.34.5
Interceptions thrown
11
Sacks - Yards Lost
7-591-10
Rushing80102
Rushing Attempts
1925
Yards per rush
4.24.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-24-5
Penalties10-777-65
Turnovers22
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
11
Defensive / Special Teams TDs11
Possession27:5032:10

Passing Leaders

WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McNabb17/302107.0116-46
Grossman4/7446.3001-13
DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Stafford26/452124.7411-10

Rushing Leaders

WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
McNabb44511.3036
Williams6254.218
DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith12514.3013
Best12484.0020

Receiving Leaders

WSHRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Armstrong39230.70506
Moss6569.301810
DETRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Johnson910111.231515
Burleson7476.70259

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERWSHDET
detTD11:58Calvin Johnson 13 Yd Pass From Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson Kick) 07
wshTD10:39Ryan Torain 6 Yd Pass From Donovan McNabb (Graham Gano Kick) 77
wshFG01:04Graham Gano 38 Yd 107
wshFG00:00Graham Gano 46 Yd 137
THIRD QUARTERWSHDET
detTD07:10Brandon Pettigrew 2 Yd Pass From Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson Kick) 1314
FOURTH QUARTERWSHDET
wshTD11:15Keiland Williams 5 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1914
detTD08:21Calvin Johnson 7 Yd Pass From Matthew Stafford (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1920
wshTD08:05Brandon Banks 96 Yd Kickoff Return (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2520
detTD03:12Calvin Johnson 10 Yd Pass From Matthew Stafford (Matthew Stafford Pass To Bryant Johnson For Two-Point Conversion) 2528
detFG01:50Jason Hanson 32 Yd 2531
detTD01:36Ndamukong Suh 17 Yd Fumble Return (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2537

Research Notes

From Elias: DeAngelo Hall is the 5th player since 2005 with at least 6 Int in the team's first 8 games.
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