The Kansas City Chiefs edged the Detroit Lions in a nail-biter on Sunday, 34-30, to escape with a victory and preserve their perfect record.
Here are 10 interesting notes about the game.
1. Sunday’s win marked the Chiefs’ first victory in Detroit in quite some time
The Chiefs don’t play the Lions very often, with only 14 matchups between the two teams all-time, and as it turns out, Sunday’s win was Kansas City’s first in Detroit since 1996.
It also marked the Chiefs’ first-ever victory at Ford Field, and as Sports Radio 810’s Kurtis Seaboldt points out, the win made some history.
2. Darrel Williams stepped up big when it mattered most
Williams has taken on an expanded role of late with starting tailback Damien Williams sidelined due to a knee injury, and once again, the LSU product made the most of it.
A week after tallying 109 yards from scrimmage and picking up the game-sealing first down, Williams found the end zone twice on Sunday against Detroit and again heard his name called when the Chiefs needed a play in crunch time as Williams plowed ahead for the go-ahead score in the contest’s closing seconds.
Fellow tailback LeSean McCoy also had a nice game, amassing 89 yards of total offense and a touchdown.
3. Patrick Mahomes demonstrated why he’s the reigning league MVP
Mahomes has re-written the record books and posted some incredible numbers during his brief time in the NFL, but it was his performance on the Chiefs’ final drive that demonstrated why he’s the league’s reigning Most Valuable Player.
Trailing by three with just over two minutes left, Mahomes led Kansas City on a 13-play, 79-yard touchdown drive that ended in Williams’ score and put the Chiefs back in front.
Mahomes completed six-of-nine passes for 55 yards on that drive while picking up another 15 yards with his legs on a critical fourth-down conversion, ultimately leading the fourth game-winning drive of his young career.
4. Mahomes still posted some impressive numbers, as well
The 24-year-old Mahomes tallied the 14th 300-yard game of his career on Sunday, doing so in just his 21st career game.
His 1,510 passing yards this season are the third-most in NFL history through four games, trailing only Kurt Warner (1,557 in 2000) and Tom Brady (1,553 in 2011).
5. Despite some bumps early on in Sunday’s game, the offense ultimately continued its historic start to the season
The Chiefs weren’t hitting on all cylinders early, but they still managed to score 34 points when it was all said and done, extending their NFL-record streak of 22 consecutive games (including the postseason) with 26+ points.
Kansas City has consistently piled up points in every game this season, prompting this nugget from the folks at ESPN.
6. The Chiefs also set a record for second-quarter points
Sunday’s game didn’t feature a second-quarter offensive explosion like the previous two weeks did, but the Chiefs’ 13 second-quarter points were still enough to set an NFL record.
7. Bashaud Breeland scored in one of the rarest ways possible
In one of the craziest turn of events imaginable, Breeland picked up the football at the goal line following a Lions’ rush and returned it the length of the field as players on both teams wondered what had just occurred.
It turned out that the whistle never blew the Lions’ rush dead, Detroit tailback Kerryon Johnson had indeed lost the ball before he was down, and Breeland’s heads-up play was rewarded with six points.
It was as incredible as it was rare.
8. Chris Jones had himself a game
Jones had a sack and a fumble recovery on Sunday, but the box score doesn’t fully explain his impressive performance. The third-year defensive tackle had another sack that was wiped out by a penalty and was consistently wreaking havoc on the interior of the Lions’ offensive line.
9. Derrick Nnadi, Tyrann Mathieu and Alex Okafor all notched a sack
The Lions’ hadn’t allowed a sack in either of their two previous games heading into Sunday before the Chiefs tallied four as a team.
Nnadi’s sack was the first of his brief career and came in a huge moment, as he brought down Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford and stripped the ball free, turning things back over to the Chiefs’ offense and halting Detroit’s drive deep in Kansas City territory.
Okafor and Mathieu, meanwhile, each recorded their first sacks as members of the Chiefs. Those plays were big as well, with both sacks coming on third down.
10. It marked Head Coach Andy Reid’s 100th game in Kansas City
It’s not hyperbole to say that the hiring of Reid back in 2013 is one of the top moments in Chiefs’ history.
Reid has led Kansas City to 69 victories in his 100 games, and with the way 2019 is shaping out so far, he has a shot at plenty more.