By Lewis Gould
After falling behind to Detroit 24-3 early in the second half, Alex Smith helped Washington tie the game midway through the fourth quarter with a patient approach and decisive throws.
But his heroics fell short as the Lions won 30-27.
The defense allowed Detroit to kick a 59-yard field goal to win the game as time expired, helped by a 15-yard penalty on rookie end Chase Young. He hit quarterback Matthew Stafford late after an incomplete pass, putting the ball at midfield. After a pass gained eight yards, Matt Prater drilled a 59-yard kick to win.
It summed up the day: Washington’s offense moved the ball and the defense consistently gave up yards and points. It’s why Washington fell to 2-7 in the toughest loss of coach Ron Rivera’s first season with Washington.