Detroit Lions VS LA Chargers Game Review
Detroit Lions (13) vs. Los Angeles Chargers (10)
September 15, 2019
Ford Field Detroit, MI
Senior Writer : Kamilah McLeod
Senior Photographer: Charles Rush
WEEK 2: SUNDAY, SEPT. 15, 2019, Detroit Lions’ 13-10 win over the Los Angeles Chargers at Ford Field was definitely a nail biter for sure. Fourth Quarter: The Detroit Lions (1-0-1) found a way to upset the Los Angeles Chargers (1-1) to earn their first win of the season. Darius Slay intercepted Philip Rivers in the end zone with 1:03 left in the fourth quarter to seal Detroit's comeback victory. The Lions took the lead for good on Matthew Stafford's 31-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay with 7:28 remaining in the game, one that the Chargers arguably had several chances to put away. WR Kenny Golladay caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from QB Matthew Stafford with 7:21 left in the game to give Detroit a 13-10 lead. K Matt Prater converted the extra point. We had two different players’ record touchdown receptions of 30-plus yards for the first time since WRs Kenny Golladay and Golden Tate did so vs. Green Bay on Dec. 31, 2017. The last time the Lions had a running back and wide receiver each catch a touchdown pass of 30-plus yards was when RB Shawn Bryson and WR Roy Williams did so vs. Green Bay on Sept. 24, 2006.
We recorded at least 1.0 sack for the 13th-straight home game, tied for the fifth-longest streak in franchise history. Had a player produce at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown for the second-straight game. The last time the
Lions did so was in 2014, when WR Golden Tate had 151 yards and a touchdown at Atlanta in Week 8 and WR Calvin Johnson had 113 yards and one score in Week 10. The Lions had a Bye in Week 9 that season. Recorded an interception for the third-straight game.
On the resiliency of CB Darius Slay, QB Matthew Stafford, and the team as a whole: “I think we’re still young. We’re still learning, so we have a long way to go as far as that’s concerned. I do think that right now we’re trying to be mentally tough. We’re just trying to make sure that we understand that sometimes it’s going to be the next-play mentality. Sometimes we’re going to have to forget the last one and go out and just do the right thing the next play and stay within that moment. Try not to make the moment bigger than what it is, besides one play of football and go out and execute the best that we can in that situation. It was good to see that today. It was great to see those two guys in particular. I think those guys played really hard. They were into the game and obviously trying to compete all the way through the end. They performed outstanding when we needed them to in really critical situations. I thought that was great.”
The hardest part of all that is understanding that we are going to have to overcome some things here that happened in the game and we’re just going to have to stay mentally tough through all of it. Really what happens is there is a lot of situational football that comes up because of it and being able to execute in those situations is really what determines a lot of wins and losses with teams in September. There was a lot last week, there was a lot here today. We just have to keep learning from that stuff, so that as we push through the month and start to clean up everything that we’re doing, and we start to get better and more consistent that we also have a handle on the situational stuff too, which is kind of how all those pieces fit together, if that makes any sense.”
Stay tuned for the rest of the Lions Season.