Reporting Chuck Carroll
LANDOVER, Md. (CBSDC) — Aldrick Robinson was elated. The wide receiver thought he just caught a 57-yard touchdown pass from Robert Griffin III to put the Washington Redskins ahead of the Detroit Lions with a little over nine minutes remaining.
He celebrated with teammates as the first win of the season drew within sight. And then he saw looked up at the scoreboard.
“When I saw the replay, I saw that the ball was sliding on the ground, but I for sure caught the ball,” said Robinson. “I had the ball in my left hand, but the camera view was on the right side and then I had it in my right hand. I secured the catch and got up knowing that I secured the catch. When everyone was down, I saw that everyone wasn’t as excited as I was, so it was kind of strange to me. When I saw the replay, I saw what everyone else saw.”
Washington was forced to punt three plays later and the Lions went on to win 27-20, snapping a 74-year losing streak in the nation’s capital.
The Lions last road win in the series came in 1935 against the Boston Redskins when FDR was still occupying the White House.