Lions QB Matthew Stafford saluted the crowd's applause as he walked off their field after the Lions' 19-14 win over the Redskins Sunday afternoon at Ford Field. (JULIAN H. GONZALEZ / Detroit Free Press)
Although the game was blacked out (not aired on TV for Detroit, Michigan fans) on Sunday afternoon, before their smallest crowd since Ford Field opened, Detroit, the losingest team in pro football, outlasted Washington, 19-14, surviving a last-second sandlot play that almost sent the whole building — including the owners into a blaze of both pride and relief. On the field the players and fans went crazy. Players raced into the locker room, celebrated, then minutes later came back out to share their victory with the media.