History isn't always pretty. Heck it would have been mildly shocking if this game had been anything other than the mess it was.

But when the buzzer mercifully sounded the Lions walked out of FedEx Field with the franchise's first win in our nation's capital in 22 tries.

David Akers kicked a 28-yard field goal with 11:08 left and Calvin Johnson iced it with a 11-yard touchdown catch and the Lions beat the struggling Washington Redskins 27-20.

The initial three-point lead held up thanks to – get this – the Calvin Johnson Rule. The Lions twice burned by the complete the process rule finally had it work in their favor.

Robert Griffin III connected with Aldrick Robinson on what looked to be a go-ahead 57-yard touchdown. He beat cornerback Robert Mathis who never turned around to look for the ball.

However replay showed that Robinson didn't complete the process of the catch. The ball moved when he hit the ground.

Griffin fumbled the next snap and though he recovered the drive was dead.

The Lions sealed the win with a 71-yard drive. A 33-yard pass to Kris Durham put them in position to score. But again the drive bogged down in the red zone. Joique Bell who started in place of injured Reggie Bush (knee) was stopped for no gain on second- and third-and-1 from the 12.

Matthew Stafford on fourth down picked up the first down on a sneak through the left side of the line.

Then on second-and-goal from the 11 Stafford hit Johnson for the touchdown. He zipped the pass between three defenders.

With time running down the Redskins drove to the Lions' 3 but with Willie Young pressuring Griffin on every play they couldn’t punch it in. Griffin threw three straight incomplete passes and John Potter kicked a 21-yard field goal with 1:40 left.

On the ensuing on-side kick Niles Paul grabbed the ball before it went 10 yards thus the Lions took over. They punted it back and the Redskins had it on their 20 with 38 seconds and no timeouts left.