They had a chance to win up until a Hail Mary pass was knocked to the ground as the clock hit zeros.
The Washington Redskins were competitive for an entire four quarters on Sunday for the first time this year, but in the end they still dropped to an 0-3 record with a 27-20 loss to the Detroit Lions.
The game began eerily similar to Washington's week-one match-up at FedEx Field against the Philadelphia Eagles with DeAngelo Hall scoring the game's first touchdown on defense.
This time, Hall scored on a 17-yard interception return in contrast to the 75-yard fumble return he had in week-one.
And much like that first game, things in Landover, Md. went downhill from that point, literally.
Washington's tremendous pass-rush couldn't stop Matthew Stafford from finding holes in the secondary or running back Joique Bell from picking up large chunks of yards at a time.
Before long, the Lions held a 14-7 lead.
Then, something strange happened. The guys who play on the unit that was opposite of Stafford and Bell actually showed some resemblance of a defense.
And after a couple of defensive-stops, the Redskins scored their first offensive points of any first half this year behind the legs of Alfred Morris.
Morris took a hand-off from Robert Griffin III up the right sideline for 30 of his 73 yards to tie the game up at 14.
The Lions would eventually add a field-goal late in the first-half to take a 17-14 lead into halftime.
Much of the second half was a battle of defensive-wills.
The two teams exchanged field-goals but neither end-zone got any action until almost halfway through the fourth-quarter when Griffin found speed-specialist Aldrick Robinson behind the defense for a 57-yard touchdown bomb.
Unfortunately, the ruling on the field was overturned when Ed Hochuli determined that the ball came loose and hit the ground once Robinson landed in the end-zone.
The missed opportunity resulted in a Washington punt and seemed to have awoken the sleeping Lions offense.
On the ensuing possession, Matthew Stafford led Detroit on a 9-play, 71-yard drive capped by an 11-yard Calvin Johnson touchdown catch to put Detroit up 27-17 and effectively end the game.
Stafford threw for 385 yards on 25-for-42 passing with two touchdowns and one interception.
Griffin finished with 326 yards on 32-for-50 passing and two turnovers - the first coming on an interception in the second quarter and the second on a fumble while he was trying to dive down following a 21-yard scramble - both on drives that would have resulted in field-goal attempts at least.