NFL Recap: 2 Matthew Stafford TDs Lead Detroit Lions Over Chargers

Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions settled for a tie in the first game of the 2019 season. They had to be much happier with the outcome in Week 2.

Powered by Stafford’s 245 passing yards and two touchdowns, the Lions overcame a second-half deficit and held on against Los Angeles Chargers in a thrilling 13-10 victory Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 at Ford Field in Detroit. The Lions improved to 1-0-1 on the season.

Stafford had two interceptions to go along with two touchdowns for a 91.70 passer rating. His 31-yard TD to Kenny Golladay midway through the fourth quarter held up as the game-winning touchdown. He also found Kerryon Johnson for a 36-yard score to cut the Lions ‘ early deficit to 7-6.

Detroit put up an OVER (Offensive Value and Efficiency Rating) of 103.625, powered by a rushing usage index of 23.5 and receiving index of 183.75, compared to an overall OVER of 73.5 for the Chargers .

The Lions had a DVS (Defensive Value Score) of 0.67 for the game, compared to 0.0 for Los Angeles Chargers, all thanks to one sacks and two QB hits.

Austin Ekeler had 66 yards rushing and the lone TD for the Chargers, who slipped to 1-1 on the season.