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Lions notes: Darius Slay’s entire 4th quarter vs. Chargers was dominant

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The veteran cornerback redeemed himself by securing the win after a bumpy start.

Los Angeles Chargers v Detroit Lions Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

Stealing the show is nothing new for Detroit Lions star cornerback Darius Slay. After all, he’s called “Big Play” Slay for a reason. But part of what made Sunday’s performance unique was his complete 180—from outmatched to back on top.

Pro Football Focus gave Slay the lowest coverage grade of his career at 27.7 in the first three quarters against the Los Angeles Chargers. He was beat time and time again by star receiver Keenan AllenPhilip Rivers’ No. 1 target who he threw to 15 times on Sunday.

Slay then completely turned things around in the fourth to earn the third-highest coverage grade of his career at 91.5. A big part of that, of course, was this pivotal interception with about a minute left in the game:

The Lions went on to win, 13-10. Slay said this was his second favorite of his 18 career interceptions in 91 games.

As for the rest of your notes:

  • A column from the Detroit Free Press’ Mitch Albom with his thoughts on the win that could perhaps save the season.

  • “What the Lions have done so far and where they head next, it’s all about the defensive line”—Dave Birkett breaks down the Lions’ defensive line.

  • If you’ve already seen the locker room celly after Sunday’s win, watch it again. And again, and again, and again.

  • Beautiful piece from Emma Keith on how dedicated Lions fan “Yooperman” was celebrated Sunday by friends and family.