Smith's heroics not enough in Washington loss

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Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith has built his career on making comebacks. He nearly completed yet another improbable one.

After falling behind to Detroit 24-3 early in the second half, Smith helped Washington tie the game midway through the fourth quarter with a patient approach and decisive throws. As usual with Washington, though, it wasn’t enough in a crushing 30-27 defeat.

The defense allowed Detroit to kick a 59-yard field goal to win the game as time expired, helped by a 15-yard penalty on rookie end Chase Young. He hit quarterback Matthew Stafford late after an incomplete pass, putting the ball at midfield. After a pass gained 9 yards, Matt Prater drilled a 59-yard kick to win.

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It summed up the day: Washington’s offense moved the ball and the defense consistently gave up yards and points. It’s why Washington fell to 2-7 in the toughest loss of coach Ron Rivera’s first season with Washington.

It overshadowed a record day by Smith, who threw for

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