Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Lions 20, Redskins 17

Stafford finds just enough space

DETROIT — Matthew Stafford dropped back and delivered a strike, threading a sharp pass between a lunging linebacker and a blanketing cornerback.

His go-ahead, 18-yard touchdown to Anquan Boldin with 16 seconds left lifted the Lions.

"I cut it loose and I thought to myself, 'We're going either win the game or lose the game on this one,' " Stafford said. "It was a tight window."

The Lions have won three straight thanks in large part to Stafford making clutch throws in the final minutes, giving him 24 wins with winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime.

"He does not back down from tough situations," Detroit coach Jim Caldwell said. "He relishes in them."

Stafford set up winning kicks in the previous two games.

"With Stafford, it's never in the bag if it's close," Washington safety Will Blackmon said after his teams four-game winning streak ended. "I call him (Brett) Farve Jr. because those are the kind of attributes and intangibles he has."

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