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Patrick Robinson

Lions melt in season-opening loss to Chargers

SAN DIEGO When things went wrong last year, the Detroit Lions could usually count on their second-ranked defense to bail them out of trouble. If Sunday's season opener against the San Diego Chargers is any indication, they won't be quite as fortunate this year. The Chargers scored 30 straight points to erase an 18-point second-quarter deficit and spoil the Lions' season-opener at Qualcomm Stadium, 33-28. Philip Rivers completed 35 of 42 passes for 404 yards and threw touchdowns of 12 yards to Stevie Johnson and 13 yards to Ladarius Green in the second half. The Lions, who allowed the second fewest yards and third fewest points in the NFL last year, gave up 483 total...