Lions 21, Chiefs 20. Great game to open the NFL regular season.

Patrick Mahomes threw for 226, a couple of touchdowns, and an interception that wasn’t his fault, but the Travis Kelce-less Chiefs receiving corps looked more like what Andy Reid had in 2002. The Bad News Bears.

The skill guys finished as such:

  • Marquez Valdez-Scantling: 2 receptions for 48 yards
  • Justin Watson: 2 receptions for 45 yards
  • Noah Gray: 3 receptions for 31 yards
  • Rashee Rice: 3 receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown
  • Isiah Pacheco: 4 receptions for 31 yards
  • Kadarius Toney: 1 catch for 1 yard on five targets
  • Skyy Moore: 0 catches for 0 yards on three targets
  • Blake Bell: 2 for 12 and a touchdown
  • then a bunch of random dudes with one grab for minimal yardage

It was bad. It triggered memories of the Todd Pinkston and James Thrash days, and Andy really could have benefited from the presence of Freddie Mitchell and his hands when he went for it on 4th and 25 in the fourth quarter:

Good call? Bad call?

The Chiefs had the ball near their own 30 with all three timeouts remaining and 2:09 on the clock. They could have punted there and tried to angle the ball out of play to get the two-minute warning to hit, then could have burned the timeouts and tried to get a stop. That would have given them another shot with Mahomes and Harrison Butker on a game-winning field goal. Of course, “get a stop” is doing a lot of work in that last sentence, because the Chiefs D had just gotten a stop on the last Detroit possession, and the O did nothing with it. A drop, a holding penalty, and then Mahomes trying to pull a miracle on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th and long.

Nice to have football back though. Entertaining game.