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Rivers, Allen lead Chargers' comeback over Lions

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Philip Rivers went over 400 yards and the Chargers overcame a slow start in a 33-28 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Here's what you need to know:

1. The Chargers wiped out a 21-3 deficit behind some Hall of Fame-level quarterback play from Philip Rivers in the second half. He threw for 404 yards -- the seventh time he's reached 400 in a game -- with two touchdowns. His second scoring pass was the 254th of his career, pulling him even with Dan Fouts for the most in team history.

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2. The Ameer Abdullah summer of hype was justified. The Lions running back got right to work on his highlight reel, nearly juking Eric Weddle -- an All-Pro safety -- out of the building on a 24-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Abdullah finished with 94 yards from scrimmage and added a long kickoff return.

3. Keenan Allen's sophomore slump is ancient history. The Chargers wide receiver torched the interior of Detroit's defense, finishing with 15 receptions for 166 yards. His biggest catch was a third-and-19 conversion midway through the fourth quarter, a play that set up the game-clinching touchdown. The 15 catches tied a franchise record set by Kellen Winslow in 1984.

4. Is Matthew Stafford healthy? The Lions quarterback looked like a different guy in the second half, and finished the game with what looked like a protective sleeve over his right arm. Stafford took a hard shot to his arm/shoulder area from Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram, a play that led to an interception.

5. The "Is Megatron In Decline?" narrative won't lose steam this week. Calvin Johnson was quiet, finishing with just two catches. Of course, Stafford's struggles were a factor.

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