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Detroit Lions 21 vs 20 Kansas City Chiefs summary, stats, scores and highlights | NFL Week 1

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The Detroit Lions started their regular season campaign with an impressive win over the defending Super Bowl Champion Chiefs in from Kansas City.

The Detroit Lions proved that the hype is real in the Motor City after going into Arrowhead Stadium and taking down the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. Jared Goff had 253 yards and a TD, but it was rookie Bruce Branch’s pick six that made the difference in the Lions 21-20 win. 

Goff and St. Brown's special connection

The Lions landed the first blow after Dan Campbell went into his bag of tricks early in the game. Detroit faked a punt on 4th and 2 from inside their own 20 and that sparked a touchdown drive that was capped off with a nine yard Amon-Ra St. Brown catch to put the visitors on the board first. 

The Chiefs would respond, led by their reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes, but they were without the heart and soul of their offense, Travis Kelce who hyperextended his knee earlier in the week. Mahomes and KC took a quarter to get the wheels moving but a one yard TD pass to Rashee Rice tied the game up early in the second quarter. 

Mahomes would put the Chiefs in the lead right before the half with a six play, 83 yard drive that ended with a sidearm sling to Blake Bell to give the home side a 14-7 advantage with under a minute to go in the second quarter. 

Mahomes first INT in season opener

The Chiefs seemed to be in control after the late TD to end the first half, and getting possession to start the third quarter. Mahomes had his team moving down the field, but a disastrous night for Kadrius Toney was highlighted by his dropped ball that led to a Bruce Branch pick six to tie the game up early in the third quarter.  

The interception, even though he had nothing to do with it, was Mahomes’ first in a season opening game. He went into Thursday night with 18 TD passes and 0 INTs. The Chiefs offense came to a stand still with no Kelce, and they had to settle for just two Harrison Butker field goals in the second half which put them up 20-14 momentarily. 

On the following possession David Montgomery would lead his team down the field on a long drive that chewed up some clock and eventually put the Lions in the drivers seat. Montgomery punched the ball in from eight yards out in his Detroit debut and put the visitors up 21-20. 

Lions hype is real

The Chiefs had a couple different cracks at tying the game back up, but would go three on out on their next series, and turn it over on downs in four plays on their final series. 

There has been a lot of talk about this Detroit Lions squad after they won 8 of their last 10 to finish off last season. This win will only increase the hype around this team in the Motor City. 

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Montgomery pushed the pile into the endzone for the go ahead touchdown mid way through the fourth quarter. He went for 74 yards on 25 carries and had a couple big runs late on to help seal the game for the Lions. 

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Before this pass, Mahomes had 20 TDs and 0 interceptions in season openers, but this pick six taken back by Bruce Branch turned the tides for the Lions. 

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In the absence of Travis Kelce, Blake Bell and Noah Gray stepped up. Blake had this 4 yard TD reception right before half, but the absence of Kelce was evident, especially on third down. 

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The Chiefs took a quarter to get the offense going, but Mahomes and Co. found their groove in the second quarter. He hit Rashee Rice for the first of two TDs before the halftime break. 

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Amon-Ra St. Brown is looking more and more like the go to receiver in the Motor City. He and Jared Goff connected on 6 passes fro 71 yards and a TD. 

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Going into Arrowhead and coming out with a win is never an easy things. Sometimes you have to go deep into your playbook to come up with a surprise or two to keep the defending champs on their toes. Dan Campbell went for it on 4th and 2 inside his own 20 in the first quarter, and the Lions would scored the first TD of the game as a result. 

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Goff takes a knee and that is going to do it from KC!!! The Lions with a HUGE WIN to take down the Super Bowl Champs in Arrowhead!!!

 

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Montgomery with the run to the left side and he wills his way from two yards to move the chains and that might just do it for the Lions!

1st and 10 from the KC 20. 

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Montgomery takes it three yards up the middle before getting held up short of the marker. 

3rd and 2 from the KC 22. 

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Montgomery moves the pile five yards on first down and KC will take their first timeout. 

2nd and 5 from the KC 25. 

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Montgomery moves the pile five yards on first down and KC will take their first timeout. 

2nd and 5 from the KC 25. 

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TURNOVER ON DOWNS!!!!

The Chiefs go for it from the own 35 on 4th and 25 and Mahomes' pass to Watson falls incomplete and the Lions are 2:00 away from stealing the season opener from KC!

We are at the Two Minute Warning in Arrowhead. 1st and 10 from the KC 30 coming up for the Lions. 

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Mahomes flicks it up to Rice and he was double covered. It could have been picked, but the Chiefs still have 4th and long coming up. 

4th and 20 from the KC 35. 

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Mahomes over the middle and his pass to Moore is incomplete. Great coverage from the Lions secondary. 

3rd and 20 from the KC 35. 

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Mahomes hit Moore for 17 yards, but a holding call will bring that play back and back the Chiefs up 10 yards. 

2nd and 20 from the KC 35. 

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Mahomes had Toney wide open down the field again, and again Toney dropped it!!! 

2nd and 10 from the KC 45. 

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TURNOVER ON DOWNS!!!

The Lions go for it and Goff went to the air on fourth down, and his pass is batted down at the line by Reid. 

1st and 10 from the KC 45. 

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Montgomery gets the handoff up the middle and he is stopped for a after getting three yards. 

4th and 2 from the KC 45. 

 

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Montgomery gets the pitch to the left side and he makes sure to stay inbounds after getting 3 yards around the sideline. 

3rd and 5 from the KC 48. 

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Montgomery is stopped after a gain of two on first down. 

2nd and 8 from the DET 49. 

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Gibbs gets the pitch to the right side, and looked like he was going to get stopped after about 8 yards, but he spins out of a tackle and takes it 18 yards. 

1st and 10 from the DET 47. 

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DET get the ball back from their 34 and a false start will back them up five yards. 

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KC going back to bag of tricks and Bell took the snap and handed it off to Toney who was eaten up for a loss of 3 yards and the Chiefs will punt. 

4th and 4 from the KC 31. 

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Pacheco picks up 3 yards. and that will leave KC with a 3rd and 1 from the Chiefs 34 yard line. 

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KC take over from the 25 and Mahomes finds Ross for a short pick up of 6 yards. 

2nd and 4 from the KC 31. 

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In his first game as a Detroit Lion David Montgomery gives his side the lead late in the game in KC. 

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TOUCHDOWN LIONS!!!

Montgomery takes it right up the gut and powers his way into the end zone to give the Lions the lead!

DET lead 21-20 with 7:06 to go from Arrowhead. 

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Montgomery gets the first down run and picks up 6 yards on the right side. 

2nd and 4 from the KC 8. 

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Goff hits Reynolds on a comeback route and and spins out of a tackle and takes it 33 yards down the field an into the red zone. 

1st and 10 from the KC 14. 

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Montgomery moves the chains after a three yard run. 

1st and 10 from the KC 47. 

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Montgomery is swallowed up after a yard gain and that will leave DET with 3rd and 1 from the 50. 

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Goff finds Wright after the roll out and that 8 yard pass. 

2nd and 2 from the DET 49. 

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After a delay of game backed the Lions up to 3rd and 11, Goff throws a bullet to Reynolds for an 18 yard pick up and a first down!

1st and 10 from the DET 41. 

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Gibbs is dropped in the backfield after Snead busted past the line and got to the RB. 

3rd and 6 from the DET 29

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Here comes Goff and the Lions down 6 but with plenty of time to go. 

Montgomery gets the handoff on first down and he picks up 5 yards. 

2nd and 5 from the DET 30. 

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FIELD GOAL CHIEFS!!!

The Chiefs elect to go for the field goal on 4th and 2 and Butker drills the 39 yard kick. 

KC are up 6 with 12:11 to go in the fourth quarter. 

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Mahomes was wrapped up by his foot by Houston, but he stayed upright and was able to let his pass to McKinnon go and the WR couldn't make the catch that hit him in the hands. 

4th and 2 and the Chiefs have a choice to make. 

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Toney on the jet sweep from right to left and he is stopped for a loss of one.

3rd and 2 from the DET 21. 

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Mahomes breaks out of the pocket and slides down after picking up 9 yards. 

2nd and 1 from the DET 20. 

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Edwards-Helaire fighting for the first down, and get drags the pile for 4 yards. 

1st and 10 from the DET 29. 

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Mahomes looks left to Edwards-Helaire and he picks up 7 yards after the WR screen. 

2nd and 3 from the DET 33. 

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We are heading to the final quarter from KC with the Chiefs leading 17-14. 

They will have 1st and 10 at the DET 40 to start the fourth. 

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Gray breaks a big catch and run after shaking off a tackle and picking up 25 yards on a pass to the right side. 

1st and 10 from the DET 40. 

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KC get the ball back at their 32 yard line and Edwards-Helaire poicks up 4 yards on first down. 

2nd and 6 from the KC 36. 

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Goff on the roll out to the right side and he tried to find St. Brown but the pass was broken up. 

4th and 2 and the Lions will punt. 

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Goff over the middle and he throws a strike to Raymond for 20 yards to make it 3rd and short after the penalty. 

3rd and 2 from the DET 33. 

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Pressure came from Bolton and Goff was forced out of the pocket and threw it out of bounds. Montgomery was flagged for a tripping penalty and the Lions are backed up 12 yards. 

2nd and 22 from the DEt 33. 

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DET start the drive at the 25 and Goff was looking for St. Brown on the right side, but the coverage was great by Reid. 

2nd and 10 from the DET 25. 

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FIELD GOAL CHIEFS!!!

Butker drills the 35 yard field goal and the Chiefs take the lead again. 

KC are up 17-14 with 2:10 to go in the 3rd quarter. 

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Crossing pattern from Toney, and he couldn't hang on to the throw over the middle. 

4th and 2 and we will see Harrison Butker for the first time tonight. 

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Mahomes looking for Moore and that pass was a little to far behind the WR. 

3rd and 2 from the DET 17. 

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Mahomes hanging in the pocket and he dumps it off to Bell for an 8 yard gain. 

2nd and 2 from the DET 17. 

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Mahomes takes a deep shot downfield to Watson and the contact from Sutton came a second too early. The PI flag flies and the Chiefs are in striking distance after a 41 yard penalty. 

1st and 10 from the DET 25. 

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Short pass lobbed to Pacheco out of the backfield and he picks up 9 yards on a catch and run. 

2nd and 1 from the KC 31. 

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Mahomes stretching his legs and he cuts inside of one defender and takes a shot as he crosses the first down marker. 

1st and 10 from the KC 22. 

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KC get the ball back from at their 10 and Pacheco picks up 3 yards on a first down run up the middle. 

2nd and 7 from the KC 13. 

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Goff looking to Reynolds on a short pass to the left and he couldn't make the catch after getting popped around the line of scrimmage. 

4th and 3 and the Lions will punt. 

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Pass to the flat for St. Brown and he makes the catch before getting pushed out of bound after a five yard gain. 

3rd and 3 from the KC 40. 

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Gibbs with a two yard run on first down. 

2nd and 8 from the KC 45. 

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Goff rolls right and fires a side arm pass to LaPorta and and leaps over the marker for another first down. 

1st and 10 from the KC 47. 

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St Brown with a deep in over the middle and Goff connects for an §8 yard gain. 

1st and 10 from the DET 41. 

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DET starts the drive from their 17 and Gibbs takes a jet sweep for 6 yards on first down. 

2nd and 4 from the DET 21. 

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Mahomes had 18 TDs and 0 INTs in his first five season openers, but his INTless record is over after Toney let it slip through his hands and Branch was there to take it to the house. 

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Mahomes keeping the play alive and steps into a throw looking for Moore but the pass was too tall for the WR. 

4th and 4 and the Chiefs will punt. 

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Stop route from James and he turns for a six yard gain. 

3rd and 4 from the KC 41. 

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Mahomes takes a deep shot to Watson, but the coverage was good and that pass hits the ground. 

2nd and 10 from the KC 35. 

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Pacheco gets the handoff to the left side and he moves the chains with a three yard pick up. 

1st and 10 from the KC 35. 

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KC's offense is back on the field and Mahomes kicks it back to Pacheco on the left side of the field after rolling right and that goes for 7 yards. 

2nd and 3 from the KC 32. 

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PICK SIX LIONS!!!!

Mahomes' pass hit Toney in the hands on a pass over the middle, but it bounced off his hands and Branch came up with the interception and takes it 50 yards to the house!

We are all tied up at 14-14 with under 11 minutes to go in the third quarter. 

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Edwards-Helaire gets the hand off on second down and picks up 4 yards. 

3rd and 6 from the KC 46. 

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KC start the drive from their 42 and Mahomes looked to Toney over the middle but it was broken up by Campbell. 

2nd and 10 from the KC 42. 

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Out route from LaPort and Goff found him but he is stopped well short of the first down marker. 

4th and 6 from the DET 11. 

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Montgomery is stopped for no gain and there was a little scrap after the play was over which resulted in offsetting penalties. 

3rd and 10 from the DET 7. 

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Goff looks for Jones Jr. but that short pass falls incomplete. 

2nd and 10 from the DET 7. 

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Mahomes finds Gray in the flat, but that goes for just two yards and the Chiefs first drive of the second half comes to a halt. 

4th and 8 from the KC 39.

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Mahomes looking over the middle but couldnt find Bell at the first down marker. 

3rd and 10 from the KC 37. 

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Mahomes steps up in the pocket but his pass hits the dirt as he felt some pressure coming from behind. 

2nd and 10 from the KC 37. 

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Screen pass to Pacheco who follows his blockers and picks up 10 yards and a first down. 

1st and 10 from the KC 37. 

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WE ARE BACK IN PLAY FROM KANSAS CITY!!!

KC get the ball at the 25 and Pacheco picks up 3 on first down. 

2nd and 7 from the DET 28. 

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Mahomes put the Chiefs in the endzone again just before the half with this sidearm sling to Blake Bell. 

Mahomes went 12/17 for 147 yards and two TDs. 

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The Lions were in striking distance in the second quarter, but Jones Jr. coughed the ball up inside the red zone. 

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It took the Chiefs a quarter to get going, but once Mahomes got it going with his legs and his arm, KC started moving the ball down field and capped off their first scoring drive with a 1 yard TD pass to Rashee Rice. 

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Goff found St. Brown four time in the first half, including this 8 yard TD pass. The DET QB went 14/22 for 135 yards and a touchdown. 

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On their second drive of the night, the Lions go for it on their own 19 yard line and it turned it into 7 points a few plays later. 

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Goff takes a shot down the right sideline but he over threw it and we are headed to halftime with the Chiefs up 14-7 after 30 minutes from Arrowhead. 

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Quick pass to the flat was knocked down by Karlaftis. 

4th and 10 from the 3. 

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Goff had Jones on the sideline in field goal range, but the WR couldn't reel in the catch and DET will have one more play in the half. 

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Goff moves the chains with a pass to Reynolds for 8 yards. They spike the ball with 7 seconds left. 

2nd and 10 from the DET 42. 

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Goff over the middle for LaPorta again, and he is cut down a yard short of the first down marker. 

3rd and 1 from the DET 34 and the Lions take their last timeout with 22 second left in the half. 

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Goff going to LaPorta on the right side for a gain of 5 on first down. 

2nd and 5 from the DET 30. Timeout with 29 seconds to go in the quarter. 

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TOUCHDOWN CHIEFS!!!

Mahomes with a sidearm strike to Bell to the right side and the Chiefs take the lead on a four yard TD catch!

Chiefs lead 14-7 with 34 seconds to go in the second quarter. 

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Fade route to the sideline for Watson for a big gainer of 26 yards!!!

1st and Goal from the DET 4. 

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Mahomes fires a strike into the gut of Valdes-Scantling ofr a gain of 34!

1st and 10 from the DET 30. 

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Timeout Chiefs  with 1:07 to go in the half 

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Mahomes under pressure and he finds Gray just short of the first down marker, but a holding penalty will bring the Chiefs back 10 yards. 

3rd and 17 from the KC 36. 

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Short pass underneath for Rice who gets 3 yards. 

3rd and 7 from the KC 46. 

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Big shot down the field from Mahomes to James and that pass was just overthrown. 

2nd and 10 from the KC 43. 

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Mahomes rolls to his left and finds Rice on a 25 yard catch and run and that will take us to the Two Minute Warning!

Chiefs with a chance to take the lead with 1:54 to go in the half. 

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Two minute drill time for Mahomes and the Chiefs who start the drive from their 18. 

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KC brings the heat on third down and Danna gets to Goff for his second sack of the night. 

4th and 8 and the Lions will punt with 2:10 to go in the half. 

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Goff's pass over the middle for Jones was too high for the WR and the Lions are looking at 3rd and medium. 

3rd and 5 from the DET 46. 

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DET get the ball back at their 41 with 3:47 to go. 

Montgomery picks up 5 yards on the first down run up the middle. 

2nd and 5 from the DET 46. 

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Mahomes going over the top to Gray and pass was overthrown and the Chiefs go three and out. 

4th and 5 from the KC 12.

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Mahomes slides down and picks up 3 yards on the scramble to the right side. 

3rd and 5 and the Chiefs are going to take a timeout with 4:00 to go. 

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Edwards-Helaire gets a yard on a first down run up the middle. 

2nd and 9 from the KC 9.

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FUMBLE!!!

McDuffy with a huge hit which jarred the ball out of Jones' hands and it was pounced on by Cook!

KC take over after a red zone turn over by the Lions with 5:14 to go in the first half!

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Gibbs gets the pass out of the backfield again and he gets those 10 yards back before getting pushed out of bounds. 

3rd and 10 from the KC 17. 

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Fumbled snap after the shot gun snap hit the motion man and Goff had to fall on it for a loss of 10. 

2nd and 20 from the KC 27

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Pass to the flat for Gibbs out of the backfield and he turns on the jets up the sideline for a gain of 8 yards and another first down!

1st and 10 from the KC 17. 

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Montgomery up the middle for a couple yards on first down. 

2nd and 8 from the KC 25. 

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Goff going underneath as the pressure came, and he finds the rookie La Porta over the middle for a gain of 14 yards!

1st and 10 from the KC 27. 

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Montgomery gets the first down run and he is chopped down for a loss of a yard by Danna and Gay. 

2nd and 11 from the KC 41. 

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St. Brown again!!! This time Goff hits him off the play action and dropped that pass right over the LBs head for a 21 yard pick up. 

1st and 10 from the KC 40. 

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Montgomery on the left side with the first round run and he picks up 3 yards. 

2nd and 7 from the DET 39. 

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Quick snap from DET on 2nd and 1 and Goff takes it up the middle on a QB sneak. 

1st and 10 from the DET 35. 

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Goff over the middle on first down and he finds Wright for 9 yards. 

2nd and 1 from the DET 34. 

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Here come the Lions who start the drive from the 25 and they take a timeout on first down. Strange play there that won't make Dan Campbell to happy. 

1st and 10 coming up. 

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It took a quarter, but the Chiefs offense ignited thanks to Mahomes' legs and arm and Rice completes the drive with a one yard TD catch. 

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TOUCHDOWN CHIEFS!!!

Mahomes hanging in the pocket, scanning through the end zone and he finds a wide open Rice tucked behind the defense. 

We are all tied up at 7-7 with 11:50 to go in the first half. 

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Trick play from KC, and the misdirection didn't fool DET after Pacheco took the direct snap, handed it off to Mahomes who pitched it to Toney for a gain of 1. 

3rd and Goal DET 1. 

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Pacheco picks up 7 yards on first down with a run up the middle. 

2nd and Goal from the 3. 

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The first bit of Mahomes Magic is unleashed as he escapes the pocket and marches down field for a first down. 

1st and Goal from the 9. 

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The first bit of Mahomes Magic is unleashed as he escapes the pocket and marches down field for a first down. 

1st and Goal from the 9. 

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First down pass from Mahomes to Rice is incomplete. 

2nd and 10 from the KC 25. 

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Mahomes over the middle and he finds Valdes-Scantling wide open for a gain of 14 yards. 

1st and 10 from the DET 25. 

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Mahomes finds Pacheco on the screen to the right side and that goes for five yards. 

2nd and 5 from the DET 39. 

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Take a look at the fake punt that led to the opening TD of the season. 

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Mahomes tucks and runs after finding a hole up the middle and he gets six yards and a first down before getting pushed out of bounds. 

1st and 10 from the DET 44 and that will be the final play of the first quarter!

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Pacheco to the left side and he was cut down by Gardner-Johnson no gain. 

3rd and 6 from the 50. 

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Moore gets the pitch to the left side and he picks up a tough four yards after shelling out some punishment. 

2nd and 6 from the 50. 

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Mahomes takes a deep shot to the right side and he finds Watson for a 19 yard pick up on the out route. 

1st and 10 from the KC 46. 

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Mahomes' short pass to Gray on the left side is broken up and the Chiefs are looking at third down again. 

3rd and 8 from the KC 27. 

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It's the Chiefs and Mahomes' turn to try and tie this game up, they will take over from their 25 and Pacheco gets the first down run to the left side for three yards. 

2nd and 7 from the KC 28. 

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The fake punt from inside their own 20 pays off with a St. Brown's 9 yard TD catch. 

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TOUCHDOWN LIONS!!!!

ST. BROWN ON THE CROSSING PATTERN OVER THE MIDDLE. HE CAUGHT IT IN STRIDE AND WALKS INTO THE ENDZONE!!!

Lions lead 7-0 with 2:46 to go in the first quarter!!

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Gibbs gets the pitch to the right side and tripped over his own feet and was tackled for no gain. 

3rd and 6 from the KC 9. 

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Montgomery with another first down handoff and he picks up 4 yards as they creep inside KC 10. 

2nd and 6 fro the KC 9. 

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Montgomery to the left side and he gets 6 yards to move the chains again. 

1st and 10 from the DET 13. 

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St. Brown gets the pass on the right side and picks up 5 yards on first down. 

2nd and 5 from the KC 19. 

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Gibbs with a huge run up the left sideline for a 17 yards gain after breaking tackles and finishing off the run with a boom. 

1st and 10 from the KC 24. 

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Goff over the middle this time for Reynolds and he takes it 21 yards as the Lions are in KC territory. 

1st and 10 from the KC 45. 

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Quick slant from St. Brown and he takes it for 13 yards on a catch and run for another first down. 

1st and 10 from the DET 34. 

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Gibbs with a run to the right side on first down and that goes for maybe a yard. 

2nd and 9 from the DET 21. 

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THE LIONS FAKE THE PUNT!!! 

It was a direct snap to Reeves-Maybin and he picks up 3 yards and moves the chains!

1st and 10 from the DET 20. 

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Goff got pressure from both angles and he had to get rid of it from the end zone and he found Jones on a comeback route for a gain of 5. 

4th and 2 from the DET 17. 

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Goff's pass was deflected at the line by Danna and the Lions were lucky not to see an interceptions. 

3rd and 7 from the DET 7. 

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DET being their second drive from the 9 and Montgomery gets three yards on first down. 

2nd and 7 from the DET 12. 

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Mahomes tried to tuck it and run up the middle but was tripped up from behind after two yards. 

4th and 3 from the KC 38. 

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Mahomes looking, and waiting but nothing opened up downfield and he had to throw it out of bounds with pressure closing in. 

3rd and 5 from the KC 36. 

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Mahomes with a quick pass to the left side for Gray who gets five yards on the stop route. 

2nd and 5 from the KC 36. 

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Mahomes over the top for McKinnon out of the backfield and that moves the chains after a 10 yard game. 

1st and 10 from the KC. 31. 

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Edwards-Helaire gets the handoff out of the shotgun and he gets three yards to make it third a short for the Chiefs. 

3rd and 2 from the KC 21. 

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For the first time this season the MVP, Patrick Mahomes, takes the field as the Chiefs begin thier drive fro the 13. 

The pitch to Edwards-Helaire goes for 5 yards on the right side. 

2nd and 5 from the KC 18. 

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Goff's deep pass to the sideline is well overthrown and the Lions go three out after a big run on first down. 

4th and 3 from the DET 32. 

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Play action from Goff and he was looking for his TE but had to throw it in the dirt after pressure came. 

3rd and 3 from the DET 32. 

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The Lions will get the ball to start the game, and Jared Goff will start the drive from the 25 with a handoff to Montgomery up the middle for a pick up of 7 yards on first down. 

2nd and 3 from the DET 32. 

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WE ARE UNDERWAY FROM KANSAS CITY!!!!

THE NEW NFL SEASON STARTS RIGHT NOW!!!!

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Tonight's odds 

The Chiefs come into tonight as the favorites at home to kickoff the season. They are 4.5 point favorites and the Over/Under is 53.5. 

 

I´m going with the Chiefs giving points to the Lions tonight from Arrowhead. KC knows what it’s like to play these prime time games to start the season. The Lions are an up and coming team, but I still think they have a lot to learn. If they lose tonight, it´s not the end of the world. 

 

One thing to look for is the over. I like it, but shied away from taking it. Both of these teams are used to putting up a lot of points, and neither has a particularly dominant defense. The only reason I hesitate, is because it is the first game of the regular season and the offenses might not be running as fluidly as they will be in a few weeks time. 

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Chiefs season opening success

The Chiefs have been the reference point in the NFL over the last half decade, and they have done so be starting off the season in style. Even since before Patrick Mahomes was the man in KC the Chiefs were opening their season in winning fashion. They are on an 8 year winning streak in Week 1´s dating back to 2023. For the last five seasons, Patrick Mahomes has been under center and in those five season openers, Mahomes has thrown for 1,542 yards and 18 TDs and has yet to throw a pick in any of those games. In his five year career, the Chiefs gunslinger has only lost three games in the month of September. 

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Hutchinson ready for year two 

Aidan Hutchinson very quickly became one of the leaders of this Detroit defense in his rookie season. It’s true that the Lions were far from the best defensive teams in the league, but it’s not because of the former Michgan Wolverines´ rookie campaign. He had 9.5 sacks, and was a constant threat to opposing quarterbacks. He has been battling an ankle injury over the last few weeks, but will be available for the Lions tonight, which will make life difficult for Patricks Mahomes. 

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Kelce to miss the open

Everyone knows that the Chiefs run on the motor of Patrick Mahomes, but if it wasn’t for his arsenal of weapons around him, the well oiled machine that is the KC offense might not run as smoothly. Mahomes´ favorite weapon for the last few years has been Travis Kelce, who has been Mr. Reliable for Kansas City and Mahomes. ·Every time the Chiefs need a big play, or a third down conversion, Kelce somehow gets open despite everyone in the stadium knowing that the ball is going to him. Unfortunately for KC, the TE hyperextended his knee in practice on Tuesday and has been ruled out for tonight's season opener. 

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Sky high expectations in the Motor CIty

Jared Goff has always been touted as one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the NFL, but last year he combined that accuracy with an incredible touchdown to interception ratio and was the principal reason for the Lions midseason turnaround. Last season he passed for 4,438 yards, 29 TDs and just 7 INTs. This is a team that now believes they can be a contender, and with a QB like Goff under center Detroit should be on a lot of people’s radar coming into this year.

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MVPatrick is back in the building

It was a busy offseason for Patrick Mahomes, who was seen in Miami enjoying the F1 Grand Prix in South Beach and starting the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, all the while shooting a few more commercials for State Farm and Subway. After a winning the MVP last year, he will be looking for a back to back MVP bid and a second straight Super Bowl which would put him into a rarefied air. Only four players have ever won back to back MVP´s and Joe Montana was the only one to do so while while winning back to back Super Bowls. 

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Lions last year

Detroit had one of the most incredible midseason turnarounds we have seen in the NFL. After starting the season 1-6, Dan Campbell´s team made a remarkable surge to find themselves fighting for a playoff spot in the final week of the regular season. They went 8-2 in their final ten games of the regular season, but their Week 16 loss to Carolina is what cost them a trip to the playoffs for the first time since 2016. This year, Jared Goff and an explosive Lions offense will look to keep the momentum from the end of last season rolling into this season. 

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Chiefs last year

All the people who went into last year doubting the Kansas City Chiefs after they lost Tyreek Hill were made to look pretty foolish when the Chiefs beat the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl to win lift their third Lombardi Trophy in franchise history. KC won four of their first five games, and if it weren’t for a fluke game against the Colts in which the Chiefs special teams lost them the game they would have had an undefeated first month of the season.

The only other losses they suffered in the regular season were to the Bengals and the Bills, two of the other favorites to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. After earning the top seed in the AFC they played Jacksonville in the Divisional Round and get their revenge on the Bengals in the Conference Championship. After a shootout in the Super Bowl, Harrison Butker hit a 27 yard FG with 8 seconds on the clock to secure the win and another Lombardi Trophy for the Chiefs trophy cabinet. 

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We are live from Arrowhead

Hello everyone and welcome to Kansas City, Missouri. The last time we saw the Kansas City Chiefs they were hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in a downfall of confetti from Glendale, Arizona. They have been the dominant force in the AFC for the last half decade and they will look to continue to be the pace setter in the conference again in 2023.

The Detroit Lions finally have something to be excited about coming into this season. They haven’t been to the playoffs since 2016 and haven’t won a playoff game since 1991. This year head coach, Dan Campbell, has a team that should be geared to not just fight for a playoff spot, but could end up winning the NFC North.

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Lions vs. Chiefs 

It’s the moment we have all been waiting for. After a long offseason, OTAs, training camps, and a month of preseason the NFL is officially back. What better way to kickoff the regular season than putting the Super Bowl Champions against one of the dark horses in the NFL this year as we bring in a new NFL season with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Detroit Lions. AS English will be with you all night providing live coverage, stats, highlights and analysis of tonight’s primetime matchup from Arrowhead Stadium. 

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