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Kansas City Chiefs 34, Detroit Lions 30
1. Even when Patrick Mahomes doesn't have his best day, the gunslinger always gives the Chiefs a chance to win. The reigning NFL MVP led a game-winning drive on the road, silencing a raucous Detroit crowd. Mahomes used his legs to pick up several huge first downs late, and found soft holes in the Lions defense, which was only rushing two and three defenders much of the final drive. In his first-ever NFL start in a dome, Mahomes was just a tad off on his deep shots all afternoon, missing a bevy of bombs by a hair. The normally dive-bombing signal-caller generated no completions of 20-plus-air yards on the day. Mahomes came in with 14 straight games with two or more passing TDs. Matt Patricia's defense held him out of the end zone, but Mahomes made enough plays between the 20s and K.C. ran for three TDs, including Darrel Williams' game-winning score. Sunday was a reminder that even when the Chiefs (4-0) don't have their best day, and can't hit the deep shots, Mahomes can still find a way to get a W.
A brutal helmet-to-helmet hit delivered by Patriots defensive back Jonathan Jones knocked Bills quarterback Josh Allen down and out for most of the final quarter of Buffalo's 16-10 loss to New England.
Allen is in concussion protocol, according to the team.
In the fourth quarter with the Bills trailing by six points and driving, Allen scrambled and was downed by Jones. It was a savage blow that Bills coach Sean McDermott voiced his exception to after the game.
"There's no room in football for a play like the hit on Josh Allen," McDermott, said via the team.
Jones was flagged, but their was no penalty as it was offset by an offensive flag on the same play.
"I haven't seen it. You know, I have to watch it on film. We're just running around playing football. There's no intent to ever hurt anyone, you know, we're just playing good, clean football," Jones told reporters after the game. "I don't think anybody ever really tries to go helmet-to-helmet. Everyone's just flying around wanting to make plays, wanting to make starts."
Al Riveron, the NFL's head of officiating, told The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci that the play did not "rise to the level" of warranting a disqualification.
Bills safety Micah Hyde emphatically disagreed. He made that known right after the hit on the sideline and again during a postgame scrum with reporters.
"That's the first thing that came out of my mouth on the sideline, if one of us did that to 12 [Tom Brady], we wouldn't have been in the game anymore," Hyde said. "There's no way, there's no way we would've continued to play in that game."
After some assistance on the field, Allen walked off under his own power to the injury tent and shortly thereafter ran off the field to the locker room.
Matt Barkley took over at quarterback for the Bills. The drive ended with the Bills going for it on fourth and goal and Barkley throwing an incompletion in the end zone.
2. The third quarter was a fumble-palooza. The teams combined for five fumbles in the stanza, the most in a single quarter since 1991, per the FOX broadcast. K.C. committed three of the botches, opening the quarter with a kickoff fumble and coughing up the ball on each of its next two possessions. The Lions, however, couldn't capitalize on the miscues. Matthew Stafford fumbled inside the 5-yard-line, a play after a touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay was overturned. Following the Chiefs' next fumble, Kerryon Johnson had the ball knocked out trying to stretch out for a score at the goal line. Chiefs defensive back Bashaud Breeland scooped up the ball and ran 100 yards for a score. Referees -- the same crew that blew a call dead against New Orleans two weeks ago -- let the play go as Detroit players thought Johnson was down. The touchdown stood upon review giving K.C. a massive score -- and its first lead of the tilt -- in a tight game.
3. Moral victories are for the birds. The Lions (2-1-1) will be kicking themselves for not taking advantage of Chiefs miscues. Four times on its first seven possessions, Detroit had the ball inside the K.C. 8-yard-line. The Lions scored just 10 points in those drives. Coming into the tilt, there were questions about whether Detroit was real after beating two banged-up teams. The loss hurt, but Patricia's team showed it isn't a fluke through four weeks. The Lions D caused turnovers and didn't give up big plays. Corner Justin Coleman was a monster on the back end. Kerryon Johnson ran well, gashing the Chiefs for 125 yards on the ground. Stafford threw with conviction and launched several lasers to Golladay and Marvin Jones. For large chunks of the game, Stafford (three touchdown passes) outplayed Mahomes. In the end, however, Detroit once again came up short.