Safety Rayshawn Jenkins tries to stop running back Ty Johnson in the first half Sunday Sept. 15, 2019. The Chargers led 10-6 after the first half. Photo credit: @Lions, via Twitter

Mistakes cost the Los Angeles Chargers in the second half, as the Detroit Lions prevailed 13-10 after a series of turnovers and missed field goals.

After trailing for most of the game, the Lions scored to go ahead in the fourth quarter, yet the Chargers still had a chance.

Quarterback Philip Rivers though threw a deep pass intended for Keenan Allen. Darius Slay intercepted it in the end zone with 1:03 left.

His team made “too many mistakes”  Rivers said, after a point in the third quarter when he thought “it was right there for us to blow the doors off.”

“We let one get away,” he said.

Penalties led to the call back of two Charger touchdowns  in the third quarter. After one of them, running back Aaron Ekeler fumbled at the 1-yard line. The Lions recovered.

“It’s gonna hurt. It should hurt,” coach Anthony Lynn said of the loss, which drops the Chargers to 1-1. 

They face the Houston Texans (1-1) at home in Carson next week.

Injuries also hurt the Chargers. Tight end Hunter Henry, safety Derwin James and cornerback Trevor Williams sat out the game.

Regular kicker Michael Badgley missed the game with a groin injury, leaving the kicking responsibilities to punter Ty Long. He hit a field goal as time expired in the first half, but missed twice in the second.

His 39-yard attempt hit the left upright in the third quarter and a 41-yard attempt went wide right in the fourth. 

The Lions took their only lead on Matthew Stafford’s 31-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay with just over seven minutes to play.

Rivers completed 21 of 36 passes for 293 yards with the one interception in his 210th consecutive start. That ties Eli Manning for the second-most among NFL quarterbacks behind Brett Favre, who made 297 consecutive starts from 1992-2010.

– City News Service and staff reports

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