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Redskins fall to Lions 27-20

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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Since 1995, teams that start the NFL season 0-3 have a five percent chance of making the playoffs. So you can make the argument Sunday is a must win for Washington. Keep it here for live updates.

First Quarter

The Lions moved the ball a tad, thanks to a 23-yard catch by Calvin Johnson, but Washington's defense came out applying the pressure. London Fletcher registered a sack, Ryan Kerrigan is all over the field and Detroit punted the ball out of the end zone.

The Redskins moved the chains three times on their first possession, but ended up punting. There were good signs though. Griffin was more mobile on a boot leg pass and a 6-yard scramble. Pierre Garcon took a reverse for 11-yards. The creativity is showing.

Then DeAngelo Hall made the most surprising play of the day, intercepting Matthew Stafford and taking it back 17-yards for the touchdown. It's Hall's second touchdown of the season. Redskins lead 7-0.

Stafford and the Lions responded in large part to backup running back Joique Bell. He added a 37-yard catch and a 12-yard touchdown run to even the score at seven. The Redskins defense does not look much improved from a poor first two weeks.

Second Quarter

The Redskins defense has proven they can't stop any offense -- unless they force a turnover. The Lions marched down the field capping of a 10 play, 92 yard drive. Joseph Fauria caught a third down touchdown making it 14-7.

The Redskins responded, or almost. After going 5-for-5 on the drive, Griffin threw an ill-advised interception to Chris Houston, killing a productive drive.

With Griffin still struggling to be consistent, it's time to ride running back Alfred Morris. The second year pro scored on a 30-yard burst down the sideline and is averaging 8.1 yards per carry. Redskins and Lions are tied at 14. Detroit would add a late field goal to take a 17-14 lead into the half.

Third Quarter

Griffin started the half with a 25-yard strike to Pierre Garcon, but the Redskins offense would stall. John Potter adds a 43-yard field goal (the first successful one of his career) and the Redskins have tied the game at 17.

Fourth Quarter

Shades of the old Robert Griffin III. The quarterback scrambled for 30-yards down the field, only to fumble the ball while trying to slide. The game is still tied at 17, but even with the turnover, the Redskins still have momentum.

The Lions lead 20-17 and the Redskins have blown another chance. A gorgeous 57-yard touchdown pass from Griffin III to Aldrick Robinson, but it was called back because the ball touched the ground. The Redskins would eventually punt. Momentum has shifted to Detroit.

Calvin Johnson scores a late touchdown, giving the Lions a 27-17. The Redskins have lost 27-20. 

We will have full coverage tonight on Game On Overtime after the Emmy's and our blogger Kevin Jones will have some analysis on the loss Monday morning. 

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