Many Happy Returns

AP Photo-Paul Sancya

Santana Moss patiently waited for another big day, one he and the Redskins knew would come. His wait is over. And the Redskins couldn't be happier.

Moss scored two touchdowns in the second half, one on a pass reception and another on an 80-yard punt return, leading the Redskins to a 25-17 win over host Detroit. The Redskins improved to 6-2 after winning a second straight lackluster game. The Lions now are 0-7.

Not that the coaches were jumping for joy over the win.

"I'm not displeased more than I'm frustrated," Redskins coach Jim Zorn said.

The Redskins rolled up 439 yards of offense, compared to 274 for Detroit. Yet the Lions were leading late in the third quarter when Moss took over.

First, starting from the right slot, he faked a post route and then broke wide and caught a Jason Campbell pass, turning it into a 50-yard touchdown and 16-10 lead.

Moss wasn't finished. Zorn put him deep for a fourth-quarter punt return and Moss made the most of his opportunity. He eluded the first Lion, nearly got run over by his own man – Devin Thomas – and broke a tackle from another Lion. All within five yards of when he caught the punt. After that, nobody came close en route to an 80-yard score.

"It was just an unbelievable heroic effort by Santana to even stay on his feet," Zorn said. They had him dead to rite s and once got in the open he tuf tocatch in the open field. The two-point conversion failed, but the Redskins had a 22-10 lead.

The Lions cut the lead to 22-17 when Dan Orlovsky connected with Calvin Johnson for a 17-yard score with 6 minutes, 46 seconds left in the game.

However, the Redskins were able to provide more distance on their next possession. Shaun Suisham kicked a 42-yard field goal, capping a drive that lasted 4:43.

There was near disaster on the series, however, when Jason Campbell was sacked and fumbled. Jon Jansen recovered the ball.

Washington dominated the first half, but trailed 10-6 at halftime. The Redskins were able to get a field goal despite starting at their own 13 with 2:22 left. They even converted a third and 19 from their 17, with Campbell hitting James Thrash.

Suisham's 47-yard kick ended the half.

He also had a 25-yard field goal on Washington's first drive of the game. The Redskins moved from their own 20 to the Lions' 1 in seven plays. But a botched handoff lost two yards and a Clinton Portis run around left end lost five more.

The Lions took a 7-3 lead when Rudi Johnson scored from 11 yards out. Campbell lost a fumble at the Detroit 49, setting up the possession.

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