The most important set of numbers from the Week 1 matchup between the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs are 21 and 20. That’s the final score, with the Lions coming out on top on the road on Thursday night.
How the two teams arrived at those respective scores can be told by breaking down some other key numbers and figures from the game.
0 – Interceptions thrown by Jared Goff, now up to 359 straight passes without an INT, the 3rd-best streak in NFL history
0 – Successful third-down conversions in the second half by the Chiefs offense. They went 0-for-7 after being 5-for-7 in the first half
0 – Number of kick returns in the game by both teams
1 – Combined number of sacks for both teams. Chiefs DL Mike Danna got Goff for the only one.
1 – Lost fumble for Lions WR Marvin Jones, the first he’s lost in his 12-year NFL career
2.6 – Average yards per carry by the Chiefs on handoffs
3 – Dropped passes by Chiefs WR Kadarius Toney. Some outlets have him for just two but the NBC broadcast credited him for three.
4 – Passes defended by the Chiefs, all broken up at the line of scrimmage
4 – Enforced penalties against the Lions, costing them 63 yards
4.5 – Ending wager line favoring the Chiefs in the game
5 – Passes defended by the Lions coverage, all down the field
5.8 – Average yard per pass attempt for Patrick Mahomes
6.9 – Average yards per pass attempt for Jared Goff
16 – Ending number of the streak of Chiefs wins against NFC teams
20.5 – Aidan Hutchinson’s pressure rate on pass rushes, despite not getting a sack
25 – Total yards by the Chiefs in the fourth quarter, on 12 plays
41 – Fourth-quarter rushing yards for Lions RB David Montgomery, on 11 carries
94.1 – Jared Goff’s QB Rating, the seventh time in 10 games he’s topped 90.0