DETROIT – The Detroit Lions (10-5) beat the San Diego Chargers (7-8) 38-10 Saturday afternoon to secure a playoff spot for the first time since 1999.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 29 of 36 pass attempts for 373 yards with no interceptions.
The Detroit defense kept San Diego quarterback Phillip Rivers from going through the air. Rivers only completed 28 of his 53 passing attempts and Detroit picked him off twice.
The Lions jumped out to an early lead and went into halftime up 24-0. There was no looking back for a Detroit squad hungry for a playoff birth.
They play the Green Bay Packers next week in the season finale.
The Chargers now face a must-win if they want a chance at an improbable playoff appearance.