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  • Writer's pictureFagothethird Franklin

Lions upsets Chiefs in season opener 21-20


With a welcome to football hug and kiss, fans got the chance to see the start of a new NFL season between the Detroit Lions and the Kansas City Chiefs. Yes, you read correctly, the Lions had their Thanksgiving feast at the start of the season and wanted to prove to the world that they are not the cubs of the past, but a force to be reckoned with.


Who would have thought the Lions would make this game very competitive in the first half? Jared Goff and Amon-Ra Saint Brown curved the Chiefs' secondary up with three big plays that ended in a score. After stopping the Chiefs twice on third down, Goff and the offense were oozing with confidence. They marched down the field and it looked like the Lions was going in for another score midway in second, but Marvin Jones coughed it up right in the redzone. Most of the time, the Chiefs would capitalize off turnovers, but the Lions' defense did not allow that to happen.


For the most part, the Lions did not allow the Chiefs' offense to explode until two minutes left in the half. They allowed Patrick Mahomes to get into rhythm and threw three completions for 20 or more yards. In a blink of an eye, the Lions went from being tied to looking at a 14-7 Chiefs' lead at the end of the break.


All night long, the Lion's defense stopped the Chiefs and made big plays in the second half. Brian Branch changed the momentum of the third quarter with a huge interception that he took back to the house to tie up the game at 14. Detroit great on the defensive end, but their fourth quarter heroics on the offensive end was a bit concerning. From false starts to being just so conservative when they needed to throw the ball down the field was very alarming. Down by six, the Lions needed to make some magic happen. Goff and crew slowly cloaked a productive drive with under six minutes left in the game and it paid off. David Montgomery put the team on his back and bulldozed his way into the endzone to help his team regain the lead, 21-20.


The Lions did just enough to win the game and shock the Chiefs. Goff finished with 253 yards and 1 touchdown.



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