It's the first time the Lions have made the playoffs since Ford Field opened in 2002. "It's been a long time coming.". Smiles might've outnumbered beads of sweat after a lopsided win that ended San Diego's playoff hopes. An uncharacteristic performance by Russell Wilson that included three interceptions led to a postgame news conference in which the Seahawks quarterback and MVP candidate acknowledged, "It starts with me" and "I've got to be better.". Are you a Stathead, too?

"When you lose six in a row in this league, you're probably not going to the postseason, but we fought our way back in it," Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said. He capped the first drive with a 7-yard pass to Brandon Pettigrew, threw a 3-yarder to Kevin Smith in the second quarter and connected with Calvin Johnson from 14 yards just before halftime to give the Lions a 24-0 lead. Or write about sports? Join our linker program. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft. Eric Weddle recovered an onside kick after San Diego finally scored in the third quarter, but the Chargers stalled inside the Lions 5. The Cowboys got blown out -- again. Find out more. Perhaps not coincidently, that season marked the last time the Lions had double digits in wins.

The Lions and Buffalo Bills started the season with the league's longest playoff droughts at 11 seasons. Knowing they could move into the postseason simply by winning, the Lions held San Diego scoreless until midway through the third quarter, when Rivers threw an 11-yard pass to Malcom Floyd to make it 24-7.

"That's probably the key to a franchise is having a good quarterback and we'll hold onto him for a while," Schwartz said. ... Chargers LB Na'il Diggs, who had trouble defending Pettigrew, left the game in the third quarter with cramps in his right leg. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. From Mike McCarthy to Ezekiel Elliott, Stephen A. Smith pinpoints problems that are causing the Cowboys' on-field struggles. View the Box Score for the NFL football game between the San Diego Chargers and the Detroit Lions on December 24, 2011. The Lions (10-5) have won three straight after a seven-game slump to earn an NFC wild card, turning around the franchise after it was bad enough just three years ago to become the league's only 0-16 team. Game notes "I'm excited for them, more than for myself and some of the other young guys," the 23-year-old Stafford said. Rivers was 28 of 53 for 299 yards with a too-late TD and two interceptions, the second of which defensive end Cliff Avril snagged with his right hand and returned 4 yards to make it 38-10 late in the game. Detroit, though, closed strong to restore the rout. The Lions will go for their 11th victory and try to improve their playoff positioning on Jan. 1 against Green Bay, a team they haven't beaten on the road since 1991. Stephen A. Smith reacts to Odell Beckham Jr. being out for the season with a torn ACL and why this could affect him getting paid down the road. Pro-Football-Reference utilizes Official NFL data for current NFL seasons. With a $1 million donation and continuous support, Ramsey has become a hero for the kids at Purpose Prep Academy in his hometown. All rights reserved.

Do you have a blog? "I've been concentrating every week as well as I can on getting this team ready to play and doing the things we need to do," Turner said. "We all know that's something that's discussed at the end of the year.". Stephen A. Smith identifies several reasons he doesn't see the Patriots making the playoffs, including Cam Newton's inaccurate passing. The 2011 season was the San Diego Chargers' 42nd in the National Football League and their 52nd overall. All logos are the trademark & property of their owners and not Sports Reference LLC.

"It's just disappointing that we couldn't get a victory along with me crossing that milestone.". The Detroit Lions made the playoffs for the first time since 1999 as Matthew Stafford threw three touchdown passes in the first half to beat the San Diego Chargers 38-10 Saturday. Ford, whose first season leading the franchise was in 1964, was handed a keepsake in the jubilant locker room.

Stay on current site or go to US version. Watch our How-To Videos to Become a Stathead, Subscribe to Stathead and get access to more data than you can imagine. Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? No one has been waiting longer than owner William Clay Ford. "He's the real deal.". Cardinals rookie linebacker Isaiah Simmons intercepted Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson late in overtime, setting the stage for a winning field goal by Zane Gonzalez that capped a wild Sunday night matchup between Arizona and Seattle. Stafford was almost perfect in the first half against San Diego, completing 21 of 26 passes for 260 yards with three TDs. Do you have a sports website? With the crowd chanting "Play-offs! Most data provided by 24-7 Baseball, creators of the ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia. Cornerback Chris Houston broke up a pass in the end zone and the Chargers had to settle for Nick Novak's field goal and a 14-point deficit. The team failed to improve on its 9–7 record from 2010, and finished in a three-way tie with the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders for the AFC West division title, with an 8–8 record, but lost the tiebreaker to the Broncos and missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season.

DK Metcalf uses his incredible speed to sprint the length of the field and tackle Budda Baker, preventing a pick-six. Every Sports Reference Social Media Account, Site Last Updated: Monday, October 26, 6:42AM. "They were all here," Gates said. DETROIT -- Matthew Stafford led a victory-lap parade around the perimeter of Ford Field, high-fiving fans that have been waiting since 1999 for the Detroit Lions to make the playoffs. the official stats partner of the NFL. Tom Brady looked great without Antonio Brown. The Detroit Lions made the playoffs for the first time since 1999 as Matthew Stafford threw three touchdown passes in the first half to beat the San Diego Chargers 38-10 Saturday. Cam Newton had another rough day. He capped the first drive with a 7-yard pass to Brandon Pettigrew, threw a 3-yarder to Kevin Smith in the second quarter and connected with Calvin Johnson from 14 yards just before halftime to give the Lions a 24-0 lead. as the final few minutes ticked away, Detroit clinched a postseason spot thanks to Stafford's three touchdown passes in a 38-10 win over the San Diego Chargers on Saturday. We present them here for purely educational purposes. Data Provided By San Diego, meanwhile, has taken another step back. San Diego Chargers 10 at Detroit Lions 38 on December 24th, 2011 - Full team and player stats and box score The Chargers needed to extend their winning streak to four games to keep their postseason hopes alive, but the loss and Cincinnati's victory dashed them. Music blared in Detroit's locker room, where players hugged teammates and anyone else who crossed their paths. Antonio Gates had four receptions to give him 588 in his career, breaking the Chargers record of 586 set by Hall of Famer Charlie Joiner, in his hometown of Detroit in front of family and friends. It was coach Jim Schwartz's idea to reach out and touch the fans. Stafford finished with 373 yards passing to give him 4,518 this year, breaking Scott Mitchell's single-season team record from 1995. "His numbers at halftime were outrageous," Raiola said. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. Washington coach Ron Rivera receives an ovation as he walks down the hospital hallway to ring the bell after his final day of cancer treatment. The Lions (10-5) have won three straight after a seven-game slump to earn an NFC wild card, turning around the franchise after it was bad enough just … We have tools and resources that can help you use sports data. Most data provided by 24-7 Baseball, creators of the ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia. Patriots quarterback Cam Newton is approaching this week as if his job is in jeopardy after being pulled early in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 33-6 loss to the 49ers. According to the Chargers (7-8), they were eliminated from playoff contention. The 2011 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 82nd season in the National Football League, their 78th as the Detroit Lions, the 10th playing its home games at Ford Field and the third year under head coach Jim Schwartz.With a regular season record of 10–6, the team improved on its 6–10 record from 2010, making it their third consecutive improved season.