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9/20/15. Lions at Vikings. Week 2.

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Early road divisonal game test for the Lions.

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NFC Conference

Week 2

Location: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.

Date: September 20th, 2015

Time: 1:05pm EST

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Radio Broadcast Provided by:

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Lions at Chargers highlights:

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Keenan Allen elevates Chargers as Lions collapse

SAN DIEGO -- This is why the San Diego Chargers gave Philip Rivers an $84 million contract extension during training camp.

Down 21-3 less than halfway through the second quarter, Rivers helped rally the Chargers to 30 straight points for a riveting 33-28 victory against the Detroit Lions on Sunday in what could be their final home opener in San Diego.

Rivers overcame two interceptions, including a 31-yard return for a touchdown by Glover Quin, to complete 35 of 42 passes for 404 yards and two touchdowns.

The go-ahead touchdown came on Rivers' 13-yard pass to tight end Ladarius Green early in the fourth quarter. It tied Rivers with Hall of Famer Dan Fouts for the franchise record, 254. The Chargers' future in San Diego is uncertain, with ownership looking to bolt to the Los Angeles area, perhaps as soon as 2016. This one was really in doubt, until Rivers and the Chargers got straightened out.

"We couldn't be much worse in that first half. We just couldn't get going and when we did we threw it to them," Rivers said.

It was 21-10 at halftime, and Rivers had just thrown an interception in the end zone. "I was just so mad with the interception that I didn't know what the score was," he said.

"We felt like we had them on the ropes and they were not going to stop us unless we just didn't execute," Rivers said. "We were able to keep it rolling." The Chargers have gotten younger overall, but adding key veterans such as tackle Joe Barksdale has helped. "No one blinked being down at the half," Barksdale said.

"Down 21-3, that can be a dagger," second-year center Chris Watt said. "But we stuck together, which is huge, and played them really tough." Sacked twice in the first half, Rivers was unscathed in the second.

"We had some pressure on him the first half quite a few times," Detroit coach Jim Caldwell said. "The second half we didn't get to him much. There were a lot of quick screens on the outside that we didn't run down." Green was subbing for Antonio Gates, who's suspended without pay for four games for testing positive for PEDs. Keenan Allen had 15 catches - tying the club record set by Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow in 1984 - for 166 yards.

The Chargers trailed 21-3 after Matthew Stafford threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Eric Ebron midway through the second quarter. San Diego's comeback started when Danny Woodhead scored on a 9-yard run 5:02 before halftime. Rivers was picked off by Darius Slay in the end zone just before the break. But the second half was all San Diego. Rivers threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Stevie Johnson and rookie Josh Lambo kicked a 25-yard field goal to close to one point. The go-ahead TD pass to Green came with 11:49 to play.

"When you have fun like we did today it didn't feel like a job," Allen said. "He probably looked at me more" without Gates. "When you come out in the third quarter, you can't turn the ball over twice and not score any points," said Stafford, who was 19 of 30 for 246 yards and two touchdowns, with two interceptions. "That's tough." The Lions dominated the first half.

Rookie Ameer Abdullah scored easily on his second run, a 24-yarder. Quin's interception return on a poor decision by Rivers and Ebron's touchdown catch made it look as if it was going to be a blowout. Chargers rookie Melvin Gordon appeared to score on a powerful 21-yard run with a great second effort, but it was ruled that he was down by contact.

Woodhead also scored on a 1-yard run with 2:33 left in the game for a 33-21 lead. Chargers rookie Kyle Emanuel, a fifth-round draft pick, had a sack and an interception.

Notes:

Griffen says Vikings will come together, beat Lions - NFL.com

The headline will be that Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen guaranteed victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

"We are a good team. We practice like a good team each and every day. I don't know what that showing was," he said, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "We got Detroit coming up this week Sunday. That's our focus now. San Fran, it was a blow to us ... They're more of a team than we were. As a team we prepared too hard to go out there and put a performance like that in. I feel as a team we're going to come together and we're going to go out there and beat Detroit. I'm very angry right now as you can see, because we prepared way too hard. But we're going to go out there and get it."

NFC North Standings:

Green Bay (1-0) 1.00

Detroit (0-1) .000

Minnesota (0-1) .000

Chicago (0-1) .000

Lions Injury News:

Golden Tate WR Quadricep Limited Participation in Practice Probable

Caraun Reid DT Ankle Limited Participation in Practice Questionable

DeAndre Levy LB Hip Did Not Participate In Practice Doubtful

Brandon Pettigrew TE Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Out

LaAdrian Waddle T Elbow Full Participation in Practice Probable

Darius Slay CB Ankle Limited Participation in Practice Probable

Haloti Ngata DT Shoulder Limited Participation in Practice Questionable

Larry Warford G Ankle Full Participation in Practice Probable

Matthew Stafford QB Right Upper Arm Full Participation in Practice Probable

Vikings Injury News:

Shamar Stephen DT Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable

Jerick McKinnon RB Ankle Full Participation in Practice Probable

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Lions 20

Vikings 19

Myth of the vikings gets popped. Vikes cant advantage of lions defensive weaknesses.

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Lions 20

Vikings 19

Myth of the vikings gets popped. Vikes cant advantage of lions defensive weaknesses.

I certainly hope you're right here, but I'm not gonna feel great about this game unless we're up by more than one score when it still matters. That being said, I could easily see us losing this one. Lombardi, among others, has a lot to prove in this game.

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I think it will be a 1-3 point win, just not sure for whom. I'll say we win this one but are still going to end up 1-4 to start the season.

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Lose this game and the season could very well be over by the end of September. You've got one mission Lions, if you so choose to accept it.

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I think it will be a 1-3 point win, just not sure for whom. I'll say we win this one but are still going to end up 1-4 to start the season.

LOL.

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Lose this game and the season could very well be over by the end of September. You've got one mission Lions, if you so choose to accept it.

Yep. They need to play with some desperation. Complacency around “still lots of season left” or “it’s only one game” is the mentality of mediocre teams

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I have a double-decker shaved chicken sandwich and a bag of chips ready to go. GO LIONS!

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LOL.

Care to explain? Which of the remaining games against the Broncos, Seahawks, or Cardinals are for sure wins? Those are three very good teams.

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The Lions simply can't get a stop on 3rd and longs.

And then Peterson busts it. This is a really bad defense.

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