By Jerry Wein
There were less than 10 seconds remaining in a tie game between the Lions and WFT when Detroit’s Matthew Stafford threw an incomplete pass at his own 35-yard line, making overtime seem like a foregone conclusion.
But Chase Young, a rookie defensive end for Washington, came in late and tossed Stafford to the ground, earning a flag for roughing the passer.
The 15-yard penalty, plus a 6-yard pass from Stafford to Marvin Jones, got Matt Prater just close enough for a 59-yard field goal as time expired.
That Washington had fought back from a 24-3 deficit to tie the game, only to have it fall apart because of such a ridiculous mistake, will certainly sting — and will undoubtedly be a focus of Washington’s review of the game this week.