Live In-Game Updates: FINAL: Lions 36, Commanders 27 – Sports Illustrated

  • September 19, 2022

The Washington Commanders will make their first road trip of the season Sunday, as the team marches into Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions for a Week 2 matchup.

The Commanders (1-0) are coming off a thrilling 28-22 win last weekend that saw the Washington offense get two touchdowns in the fourth quarter – including a go-ahead score by rookie receiver Jahan Dotson with under two minutes left – to put the game away as the Jags went scoreless in the final 10 minutes.

Carson Wentz went 27 of 41 passing for 313 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions in his Commanders debut and will look to give the Lions (0-1) a second-straight loss after Detroit fell 38-35 to the Philadelphia Eagles in its season opener. 
Though the Lions had just a 3-13-1 record last season, the Commanders will have to keep an eye on a handful of talented players in coach Dan Campbell's offense. 
Receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown and D.J Chark both caught touchdowns in Week 1 and are quarterback Jared Goff's top targets on the outside. 
However, Detroit's most dangerous weapon is running back D'Andre Swift, who rushed 15 times for 144 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. He carried an injury designation with an ankle injury leading to Sunday's bout with Washington, though NFL Network reported that he could he see "selective" usage. This could give the Commanders an edge on the road.
Make sure to stick with CommandersCountry.com as we provide live in-game updates and breaking news from Sunday's matchup against the Lions.
Live updates will appear below at kickoff.
The Lions receive the opening kickoff and will begin at their own 25-yard line.
FIRST QUARTER
The Commanders' defense comes out strong, as Jamin Davis gets the sack of Goff, forcing the Lions into a three-and-out on their opening drive.
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Washington will begin at its own 32-yard line.
But Detroit defense got in on the early action, forcing Wentz and the Washington offense into a three-and-out as well.
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The Lions were facing another three-and-out, but Goff found St. Brown for a 49-yard catch-and-run.
FIELD GOAL LIONS: The Commanders defense held strong in the red zone, forcing Lions kicker Austin Siebert to settle for a 35-yard field goal to give Detroit an early 3-0 lead.
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The Commanders were unable to do anything on their second offensive possession, as a intentional grounding penalty by Wentz killed the drive from the start. Washington went three-and-out again.
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Swift takes the first carry of Detroit's next possession 50 yards down to the Commanders' seven-yard line. 
But Washington held up on the goal line, forcing the Lions too turn it over on downs after Detroit went for it on 4th and goal. 
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SAFETY LIONS: Wentz was strip-sacked in the end zone, giving the Lions two points on the safety for a 5-0 lead and the ball back.
Lions receiver Kalif Raymond then returned the punt 52 yards into the red zone for Detroit. 
TOUCHDOWN LIONS: Goff scrambles and finds St. Brown for a 13-yard touchdown. The Lions built a 12-0 lead.
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The Commanders went three-and-out for the third straight drive and have still yet to pick up a first down as the first quarter draws to a close. 
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Washington then gave up a 23-yard gain on the last play of the quarter, as Goff found receiver Josh Reynolds on the throw. 
END OF FIRST QUARTER: Lions 12, Commanders 0
SECOND QUARTER
The Lions pulled off a double-pass trick play to begin the second, but the throw to DJ Chark fell incomplete.
FIELD GOAL LIONS: Siebert nails a 48-yarder to give Detroit a 15-0 lead.
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It was a tale of two halves for Carson Wentz and the Washington Commanders. Unfortunately, they couldn't complete the comeback against the Detroit Lions.
The Washington Commanders tight end scored his first touchdown of the year against the Detroit Lions. Logan Thomas played for the Lions in 2019.
After a slow start, the Washington Commanders got the ball rolling on their first drive of the second half. The series was capped off with a Carson Wentz touchdown pass.
Another possession, another three-and-out for the Commanders. 
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TOUCHDOWN LIONS: Detroit uses a nine-play, 77-yard drive to go up 22-0 after Goff finds Reynolds for a toe-tapping three-yard touchdown in the back of the end zone. 
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The Commanders finally pick up their first first down with a little over five minutes left in the second quarter, as Wentz finds rookie receiver Jahan Dotson for a nine-yard gain. 
But despite the first down and a sign of life, Washington's drive stalled as the Commanders were forced to punt for the fifth time in the half.
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The Commanders defense came through on the next drive, forcing Detroit into a three-and-out and a punt.
HALFIME: Lions 22, Commanders 0
THIRD QUARTER
TOUCHDOWN COMMANDERS: After a disastrous first half, Wentz found Curtis Samuel for a 15-yard touchdown after a five-play, 64-yard drive.
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The Lions went three-and-out on their drive, punting back to the Commanders who now had a chance to seize momentum.
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Wentz finds McLaurin for an 18-yard gain on the first play of the next drive.
INTERCEPTION LIONS: Wentz's deep pass is ricocheted in the air as Lions defensive back Will Harris comes up with the pick.
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McLaurin comes up with a diving 35-yard catch to get Washington into Detroit territory. Wentz then finds Samuel for a 27-yard completion on the next play.
TOUCHDOWN COMMANDERS: After a seven-play, 94-yard drive, Wentz find tight end Logan Thomas for a 20-yard touchdown to cut the Lions' lead to 22-15 after a successful two-point conversion. 
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St. Brown took a jet-sweep run to the right sideline for a 58-yard run.
TOUCHDOWN LIONS: Goff finds Swift for a short completion. Swift nearly fell down on the catch but sped past the Washington defense for a 22-yard touchdown. The Lions answered and extended their lead to 29-15.
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Faced with a fourth-and-short, the Commanders went with a sweep for McLaurin, who picked up the first after running for seven yards.
Samuel then took a reverse sweep for a 21-yard gain. 
TOUCHDOWN COMMANDERS: A few plays later, Gibson found his way into the end zone for a one-yard score. Washington went for two but failed, keeping Detroit's lead at 29-21. 
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TOUCHDOWN LIONS: After a six-play, 70-yard drive, Goff finds St. Brown for an 11-yard touchdown to give Detroit a 36-21 lead.
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TOUCHDOWN COMMANDERS: Dotson gets a one-yard touchdown catch but Washington kicker Joey Slye misses the extra point to keep it at a two-possession game as the Lions hold a 36-27 lead.
FINAL: Lions 36, Commanders 27
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