Detroit blows big lead, beats Washington with last-second field goal

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The Lions didn’t make it look easy, but they managed to beat the Washington Football Team today in Detroit.

After jumping out to a 24-3 lead, the Lions nearly collapsed and found themselves in a tie game in the fourth quarter. It was 27-27 in the final moments and Matt Patricia’s coaching obituary was being written, but Matthew Stafford got the Lions down the field and Matt Prater hit a 59-yard field goal as time expired.

Alex Smith, making his first start in two years, exceeded all expectations by completing 38 of 55 passes for 390 yards. Part of Smith’s success was the Lions’ poor defense, but nothing should detract from the plaudits Smith will get for returning from a brutal leg injury and playing well.

The Lions are now 4-5 and on the fringes of playoff contention. The Football Team falls to 2-7.

11 responses to “Detroit blows big lead, beats Washington with last-second field goal

  1. Prater crushed that. People forget the only reason he’s a Lion is because the man beat alcoholism. Always great to see Prater playing well.

  2. Overall I love Chase Young & he’s been totally worth the No. 2 overall pick, but what aweful judgement to shove the QB in the closing seconds to get a roughing the passer penalty. He’s got to understand the situation better.

  3. You have a three score lead on a 2-6 team and you have to kick a field goal with no time left to win. This inept coaching staff is run by inept ownership.

  4. Everyone alway’s dislike’s when I post it, but it’s coming true: Matt Patricia is the right guy. I believe in Matt Patricia!

  5. I don’t care if the Lions swept the rest of their season and end up in the playoffs somehow. Patricia needs to be gone at the end of the year. Also, Washington would benefit showcasing Haskins more for a possible trade/in a losing effort to get a better draft pick so they can start all over again at QB next year. Alex Smith is a great story, comeback player of the year even given his circumstances but he doesn’t deserve to be handicapped to such a bottom feeder franchise that he’s too good for. They may get him hurt again and he doesn’t deserve that.

  6. Those calling for Big Ben to be comeback player of the year need to step aside. Alex Smith won the award the minute he stepped back on the field 3 weeks ago. Alex wins it hands down and its not even close.

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