Chargers at Lions Game Notes

The San Diego Chargers go home with their third win of the season after defeating the Detroit Lions 14-7 on Sunday. LaDainian Tomlinson led the charge and the defense did the rest to preserve a victory in the Dome of Ford Field. It was the Bolts first indoor game since losing to St. Louis last year in a game that changed their 2002 season for the worse. The Chargers hope this is the catalyst that reverses the trend of losses.

Tomlinson's 73-yard touchdown reception and 147 receiving yards were career highs. It marked the first time in Tomlinson's career that he has caught two touchdowns in the same game and it also marked the first time he eclipsed 100 yards receiving.

Leon Johnson had his first carry of the year in the first quarter. He went two yards. He actually had a bigger gain negated by a penalty. He ended the day with two carries for eight yards.

Chargers had 7 first downs in the opening quarter and ended the day with 17.

The Chargers held the Lions offense to just 19 yards of total offense in the first quarter. At half the Chargers had 305 yards of total offense while the Lions had 99.

The Chargers defense forced the Lions to punt nine times and allowed just 68 yards rushing on the day.

14 of the 20 incompletions by Joey Harrington were the result of passes defensed. Chargers were in position to knock away passes all day.

Doug Flutie had two turnovers in the first half, both in Detroit territory.

Caldwell made his first catch in what seemed like years, but he had to go out of bounds before coming back in to do it. Thus the play was negated for illegal touching and he did not get another chance for a reception. He also was called with taunting on the same play.

Two successive holding calls on Kelvin Garmon near the end of the third quarter earned him a prime spot on the bench. Michael Keathley took his spot at left guard. Garmon returned on the next series for the Chargers and missed a key block on Dre Bly.

Jacques Cesaire had his first sack of his career in the fourth quarter negated by a Jerry Wilson holding penalty.

Lions' receiver David Kircus had his first NFL reception in the fourth quarter.

Detroit has been outscored 112-39 in the second quarter this season.

Detroit came into the game with a 1-6 mark after Thanksgiving over the past seven years and that mark has dropped to 1-7.

Cornerback Sammy Davis suffered a right knee injury in the third quarter. He did not return, but was in good spirits on the sidelines. He was replaced by Kevin House. House, in spot duty, had four passes defensed in less than two quarters of play.

Tight end Josh Norman suffered a sprained wrist.

Wide receiver David Boston suffered a neck stinger.

Linebacker Carlos Polk suffered a sprained ankle.

None of the injuries are expected to be serious and their status will be updated later this week.


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