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Lions, Titans break droughts with wins; Broncos romp

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 11:04 a.m. CST

The Detroit Lions knew nothing about success in Washington. Through 21 trips to the nation’s capital, they owned an 0-fer.

Until Sunday.

The Lions (2-1) ended a 21-game road losing streak against the Redskins, the second longest in NFL history. Detroit’s last win away from home in the series came in 1935 against the Boston Redskins, two years before the franchise’s move to Washington.

This one came as Matthew Stafford completed 25 of 42 passes for 385 yards with two touchdowns in a 27-20 triumph. Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson both had 100 yards receiving for Detroit.

“You never know how the cookie’s going to crumble, and it feels good that it crumbled our way this time,” Detroit cornerback Rashean Mathis said. “I wasn’t a part of the past, but I am part of the future, so it feels good to give the fans something to feel good about, and we can demolish a record, our streak, that was going on for years and years and years.”

Another losing string was snapped by the Titans. Tennessee had fallen nine straight times to San Diego before Jake Locker connected with rookie Justin Hunter on a 34-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds left for a 20-17 win.

The last time the Titans beat the Chargers was 1992 when the team was still in Houston.

“We needed a win like this,” said Tennessee coach Mike Munchak, who was with the franchise when it was the Oilers and last beat San Diego.

Also Sunday, it was Indianapolis 27, San Francisco 7; Seattle 45, Jacksonville 27; Miami 27, Atlanta 23; Cincinnati 34, Green Bay 30; Baltimore 30, Houston 9; New Orleans 31, Arizona 7; Cleveland 31, Minnesota 27; New England 23, Tampa Bay 3; Chicago 40, Pittsburgh 23; Carolina 38, the New York Giants 0; Dallas 31, St. Louis 7; and the New York Jets 27, Buffalo 20.

On Monday night, Denver dismantled Oakland, 37-21, in game that was never close.

Week 3 began when Kansas City defeated Philadelphia 26-16 on Thursday night.

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