San Diego Chargers


Detroit Lions

August 20, 1967


Lions Passing Attack Routs Chargers, 38-17, in New San Diego Stadium


But, Lion Rookie Eddy Injures Knee



SAN DIEGO. Calif. (AP) - If the Detroit Lions are still wreaking revenge on rival American Football League teams, they hit a peak against San Diego.


But they may have paid a disheartening price Sunday in their lopsided 38-17 football victory over the Chargers.


Rookie halfback Nick Eddy suffered a knee injury when he was thrown to the turf.


The former Notre Dame All-America was helped from the field and his right knee was encased in ice packs. It was not immediately known how long Eddy would he lost to the Lions.


He had carried the ball eight times for 35 yards. It was Eddy who bolted for a 75-yard touchdown last Monday as Detroit beat the Buffalo Bills, 19-17, a game in which the National Football League Lions got revenge on the AFL for their opening exhibition loss to Denver. The National Football League Lions now have two victories in three exhibition games against American Football League opposition.


Karl Sweetan's red-hot passing bolstered the Chargers in the exhibition game.


A 24-point second quarter directed by quarterback Sweetan ruined the Chargers' first meeting with a National League team before 45,988 in the opening of the $27.7 million San Diego Stadium.


The Lions manhandled the Charger offense most of the way while the combination of Sweetan und flanker Pat Studstill sparked the Detroit attack.


Studstill, who caught seven passes, caught a 7-yard scoring throw from Sweetan in the second quarter, before snaring a 29-yard touchdown pass from Sweetan's successor, Milt Plum, in the third quarter.


Charger quarterback, John Hadl, hurt by four pass interceptions, hit only 14 of 32 passes before warming up in the fourth quarter and tossing scoring passes of 61 and 1 yards to Gary Garrison and Willie Frazier.


Sweetan completed 16 of 23 passes for 183 yards and one touchdown, while Plum was 5 of 6 for 54 yards and a score.


Other scores by the Lions came from fullback Tom Nowatzke on a four-yard smash, Rookie Mel Farr on an eight-yard sweep, defensive back Wayne Rasmussen on a 22-yard pass interception and Gare Yepremian with a nine-yard field goal.


The Chargers hit pay dirt in the first half only once- when Dick Van Raaphorst booted a 47 yard field goal.


Hadl failed to carry the Chargers through Detroit's bulwarks until the second half. Then, after Coach Joe Schmidt emptied the bench, he fired touchdown passes of 61 yards to Gary Garrison and one yard to Willie Frazier.


Two of the passes stolen from Hadl were by Lem Barney, a Lion rookie.


Detroit's Nick Eddy is tackled early in game by Charger Randy Winkler.





















Scoring Summary


First Quarter

DET- Nowatzke 4 run (Yepremian kick)


Second Quarter

DET- Farr 8 run (Yepremian kick)

SD- FG Van Raaphorst 47

DET- FG Yepremian 16

DET- Rasmussen 27 yard interception return (Yepremian kick)

DET- Studstill 7 yard pass from Sweetan (Yepremian kick)


Third Quarter

DET- Studstill 29 yard pass from Plum (Yepremian kick)


Fourth Quarter

SD- Garrison 61 yard pass from Hadl (Van Raaphorst kick)

SD- Frazier 1 yard pass from Hadl (Van Raaphorst kick)


Att- 45,988