Stafford and the Lions Outlasted Washington in a Tantalizing 30-27 Victory

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, was a day of celebration for the Detroit Lions and their fans at Ford Field in Detroit.

Matt Prater made it that way.

Prater booted a 59-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Lions to a 30-27 win against Washington Football Team.

The Lions rode a rushing game that produced 105 yards and zero rushing touchdowns, to go along with a Matthew Stafford performance of 276 yards, three touchdowns, one each to D’Andre Swift, Marvin Jones, and Marvin Hall.

Stafford finished the game with three touchdowns, completing 24 of 33 passes. At the end of the day, he finished with 276 yards and no interceptions, and a passer rating of 127.80.

The Lions deployed a rushing game led by D’Andre Swift and Adrian Peterson. For the game, Swift carried the ball 16 times and rushed for 81 yards, leading to zero touchdowns. Peterson supplemented by carrying the ball four times for a total of 21 yards. In the passing game, the Lions’ top receivers were Marvin Hall and Marvin Jones Jr.. Hall caught two passes for a total of 61 yards, while Jones Jr. contributed with 96 yards from eight passes.

With two forced fumbles, one tackle for loss and two sacks , the Lions got just the defensive help it needed to get the win.

In a losing effort for the Football Team, Alex Smith attempted 33 passes and completed 38 of them. This performance resulted in 390 yards, no interceptions, no touchdowns and a passer rating of 89.20 for the game.

The Football Team’ rushing game was led by Peyton Barber and Antonio Gibson. For the game, Barber carried the ball two times, rushed for seven yards, and no touchdowns. Gibson supplemented and carried the ball a total of 13 times for a total of 45 yards. Meanwhile Isaiah Wright and Terry McLaurin were the top 2 aerial passing targets for the Football Team. Wright caught six passes from Smith for a total of 59 yards, while McLaurin contributed with 95 yards from seven passes.

For the game, the Football Team defensive effort yielded no forced fumbles, two tackles for loss and one sack. This was not enough to help their team to a victory.

The Lions walked away from the game with an improved 4-5 record. The Washington Football Team, meanwhile, slipped to 2-7 for the season.