May 18, 2024

In the Chiefs vs Lions game on September 7, the Chiefs’ defense and offence faced some challenges, resulting in a defeat for the Chiefs and a victory for the Lions.

The Chiefs won the toss and deferred, giving the Lions the ball first. Despite picking up 7 yards on a first down run to David Montgomery, the Lions went three-and-out after two incomplete passes from Jared Goff. A solid punt from Jack Fox pinned the Chiefs inside their own 15-yard line.

Kansas City was first to move the chains, with Patrick Mahomes finding Jerick McKinnon on a third-and-2 for 10 yards with Malcolm Rodriguez a step behind. But that was all for the Chiefs first drive, as John Cominsky corralled Mahomes before he could scramble for a first down.

The Lions looked like they were going to go three-and-out again, but despite being at their own 17-yard line, Dan Campbell dialed up a fake punt and it worked. The fake punt is what fired the Lions offense.

The Chiefs looked to strike back and connected on a big third-and-8 to Justin Watson for a 19-yard gain near midfield. A scramble by Mahomes converted another third down and pushed the Chiefs into Lions territory for the first time in the game. Mahomes continued to move the ball deep into Lions territory with a 14-yard strike to Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Another scramble from Mahomes set up a first-and-goal for Kansas City and three plays later, rookie Rashee Rice got a score for a 1-yard touchdown pass. 

7-7 tied. Now going onto the fourth quarter.

The Chiefs worked their way down deep into Lions territory, and again, the Lions defense is outstanding enough to force a field goal with 12:11 left. 

20-14 Chiefs.

The Lions offense looked like they were about to go three-and-out yet again, but Goff connected with Josh Reynolds for a clutch third-and-12 conversion. A few plays later, Goff went back to Reynolds for 33 yards, setting Detroit up inside the red zone. Detroit stayed committed to the run game and David Montgomery scampered in from 8 yards to give the Lions lead with 21-20 with 7:06 to go.

The Lions took over at the two-minute warning at the Chiefs’ 30-yard line. Kansas City had all three timeouts, though, so the Lions still needed to put the game away. Three straight runs did it, as the Lions got a first down and excite their way to the win.