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Detroit 13, L.A. Chargers 10
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, September 15, 2019
Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
Temperature: Dome
Head Official: Craig Wrolstad
Attendance: 60158

Kenny Golladay caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford in the fourth quarter and the Detroit Lions won their home opener 13-10 over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

Stafford completed 22 of 30 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions.

Golladay caught eight passes for 117 yards for the Lions (1-0-1).

Philip Rivers completed 21 of 36 passes for 293 yards for the Chargers (1-1). Austin Ekeler rushed for 66 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown, and he added six receptions for 67 yards. Keenan Allen had eight receptions for 98 yards.

After Detroit's Darius Slay made an interception in the end zone on Los Angeles' final possession, Stafford converted a third-down pass to Jesse James to clinch the win.

Los Angeles led 10-6 at the break.

The Chargers struck first on a nine-play, 68-yard drive in the opening quarter. Ekeler dove over the pile for the final yard.

The Lions answered with a 75-yard drive, finished off by a 36-yard screen pass from Stafford to Kerryon Johnson. Matt Prater missed the extra point, leaving the score at 7-6.

Rivers was quiet most of the half before he connected with Mike Williams on a 47-yard pass in the closing seconds. That set up Ty Long's 39-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, a touchdown pass from Rivers to Ekeler was nullified by a holding penalty. A pass interference infraction against Slay in the end zone gave L.A. the ball on the 1-yard line. But Ekeler fumbled trying to jump over the pile and the Lions' Devon Kennard recovered.

Los Angeles drove deep into Detroit territory again on its next possession but Long missed a 39-yard field goal attempt with 2:13 left in the half. Long, the Chargers punter, was filling in for injured kicker Michael Badgley.

Long pulled a 41-yard attempt wide right with 11:50 remaining in the game.

The Lions took the lead at 13-10 with 7:28 remaining when Golladay beat one-on-one coverage and scored from 31 yards out. That touchdown pass was preceded by a fourth-down conversion in which Stafford found Marvin Jones on a 4-yard gain.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Rushing
L.A. Chargers   Detroit
Austin Ekeler Player Kerryon Johnson
17 Attempts 12
66 Yards 41
3.9 Avg Yards 3.4
1 Touchdowns 0
12 Long 9
Receiving
L.A. Chargers   Detroit
Keenan Allen Player Kenny Golladay
8 Receptions 8
98 Yards 117
12.2 Avg Yards 14.6
0 Touchdowns 1
23 Long 31
Team Stats Summary
 
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
L.A. Chargers 424 137 287 1 1 2 0.0 0
Detroit 339 94 245 2 0 1 1.0 1
Upcoming Games
  • Detroit will play their next game on the road against Philadelphia. The Lions have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • L.A. Chargers will play their next game at home against Houston. The Chargers have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .000 after a loss.