Lions vs. Chargers: Game Review

Posted by oz - December 26, 2011 - Brian's Brainstorm, Lions Nation - No Comments

Here is the post game notes for the game we all saw on Christmas Eve where your Detroit Lions defeated the San Diego Chargers by a score of  38-10, and clinching their first playoff spot since 1999.

Scoring Summary:

Q1  10:52- Brandon Pettigrew 7 yd TD pass from Matthew Stafford  

Q1  0:33- Jason Hanson 50yd FG (broke record of #FG made from 50yd or more)

Q2  7:11- Kevin Smith 3yd TD pass from Matthew Stafford

Q2  0:31- Calvin Johnson 14 yd TD pass from Matthew Stafford

Q3  8:38- Malcolm Floyd 11yd pass from Phillip Rivers

Q3  4:53- Nick Novak 22yd FG

Q3  0:16- Kevin Smith 6yd TD run

Q4  2:28- Cliff Avril 4 yd Interception return for TD

Here are the big play makers of the day:

Matthew Stafford- After watching this game on Christmas Eve where we saw a fantastic game by our Lions not only making the playoffs for the first time in over a decade but doing it in dominating fashion by putting up 38pts against the Chargers and their suffering defense being able to hold them to just 10pts for the entire game. Much of the lions success came from the man who we expect it from, the Quarterback. Matthew Stafford showed up on Saturday with complete focus and performed greatly. looking at the books he was 29/36 on the day (that’s 80% by the way), and he accounted for 373yds and Three TD’s.

Calvin Johnson- Like we have always seen mega-tron came through, he had 4 receptions in the game for a total of 104yds with a touchdown, definitely a great weapon as always for the Honolulu blue.

Lions Defense– I have to give love to, probably the biggest help in the win on Saturday. The entire lions defense played what I think is their best game of the year, which it should have been. They were able to hold the chargers running game to just 70yds on the day, and yes they did give up 297yds of passing offense. However Phillip Rivers was only 28/53 (52%) and only had a 5.6yds per pass average in the game.

Team Discipline– Finally I think the most refreshing part of the Lions victory was the discipline they showed only having three penalties for a grand total of 8 yds,  the lions played with the right focus and execution that was required for them to get the job done, and they also didn’t fall to the feared omen of leading the first half and blowing the game in the second. That was so not the case, and that has assured me for now they have convinced themselves they deserve the playoffs and they will now get ready for their final game of the year coming up in Green Bay , and then its playoff time Folks!!!!