Detroit Lions overcome mistakes for ‘W’ over Los Angeles Chargers, 13-10
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — Matthew Stafford and Darius Slay had a lot to do with the Los Angeles Chargers leading the Lions for three-plus quarters.
And, both players bounced back in the final minutes to lift Detroit to a 13-10 victory Sunday.
Stafford threw a go-ahead, 31-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay midway through the fourth quarter and Slay made an interception in the end zone with 1:03 left.
Detroit (1-0-1) overcame Stafford’s two interceptions, Slay getting outplayed by Keenan Allen and Matt Prater missing an extra point and a field goal.
“I’m doing this team a disservice if I shut down after two picks,” Stafford said.
The Chargers (1-1) were in a position to attempt a 45-yard field goal to tie the game, but Philip Rivers tried to force a pass to Allen and Slay picked it off.
Allen had his way with Slay for much of the day, making eight catches for 98 yards.
“I feel like I was putting on a clinic and then to come down to the last play and he makes a play,” Allen said.
The Lions failed to make plays on both sides of the ball in the opener, blowing an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter before tying.