DETROIT – The Detroit Lions ended their 19-game losing streak by holding off the Washington Redskins 19-14 Sunday.
Matthew Stafford threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Bryant Johnson in the first quarter and the two connected to draw a key penalty to set up a TD in the fourth quarter.
The Lions (1-2) had not won since Dec. 23, 2007 and their skid matched the second longest in NFL history.
Washington (1-2) pulled within five points on Jason Campbell's second touchdown pass with 2:36 left in the game, but couldn't prevent the Lions from picking up a first down that ran time off the clock and cost it three timeouts.
The Redskins had their last of many chances to win from their 22 with 1:05 left and couldn't get inside the 20 before time expired.