Holy hell, someone pass the blood pressure meds…
The first quarter went down like many before it this season, with the Chiefs falling behind on the merits of hapless defense and an offense that isn’t clicking. With the Chiefs driving down the field the quarter expired with the Lions leading the Chiefs 10-0. I’d write more about this quarter but to be completely frank with you it was wholey unspectacular.
The second quarter felt like more of the same ‘meh’ even though the Chiefs did outscore the Lions 13-3. The Chiefs opened the quarter with a field goal before Shady McCoy Shady McCoy’d the majority of a drive capped off by a Shady McCoy score. With seconds ticking away Patrick Mahomes hit Darrel Williams down the seem for a 30 yard gain putting the Chiefs in position to kick the tying score before half.
The second half opened with a mix of tragedies and redemptions. Mecole Hardman fumbled the opening kickoff setting the Lions up on a short field. The Lions passed for a touchdown that was subsequently (and rightly) overturned which was followed up by Derrick Nnadi knocking the ball out of Matt Stafford’s hand and was recovered by Chris Jones. Unfortunately a few plays later Darrel Williams coughed the ball up and the Lions proceeded to drive down to the 1 yard line where they fumbled at the goal line. While the Lions treated it like a dead play Bashaud Breeland observantly picked up the ball and ran 100 yards for a touchdown uncontested. The quarter ended with the Lions up 23-20.
The fourth quarter opened with a 10 yard passed to Travic Kelce turned alley-oop to Shady McCoy for 23 yards that ultimately led to a 1 yard Darrel Williams touchdown. The Lions answered with their own (non) touchdown, driving 9 plays and 79 yards capped off by a pass out of bounds that was miraculously ruled a score. Then it all came to a 4th and 8 for the Chiefs to stay in the game and Patrick Mahomes scrambled for a 1st before a pass to Travis Kelce got the Chiefs within field goal range with the score 27-30. A 1st and goal catch and run by Pringle setup a 1 yard touchdown run to put the Chiefs ahead 34-30 with 20 seconds left on the clock. A hail mary ensued ending with the ball on the ground and 2 ticks left on the clock. The final play of the game was sent airborne with a prayer and batted down by one Juan Thornhill. Game, blouses.
Box Score Champs
Passing Leader: Patrick Mahomes 315 yards, 0 TDs (WTF?!?!?), 0 INT
Rushing Leader: LeSean McCoy 56 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Leader: Travis Kelce 85 yards
Tackle Leader: Tie! Damien Wilson and Derrick Nnadi 8 tackles
Sack Leader: Tie! Nnadi, Mathieu, Jones, Okafor 1 sack
Interception Leader: A man has no name.
Now we party!!!