The Lions successfully converted the fake punt for a first down and subsequently embarked on a lengthy drive into Chiefs territory. During a critical third-down play, Jared Goff connected with Amon-Ra St. Brown for a touchdown. In this bold move, Campbell effectively snatched seven points for his team.
Rather than opting for a cautious approach, the Lions were determined to challenge the reigning champion Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Campbell ventured into a substantial gamble, and it paid off handsomely.
Dan Campbell accomplished a feat in the NFL that hadn’t been seen since Baltimore in 2019. However, when you’re aiming to defeat the reigning Super Bowl champions on their banner night, taking calculated risks is essential.
In a daring move, the Lions executed a fake punt on fourth-and-two from their own 17-yard line. Instead of facing another three-and-out possession, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, serving as the upback, received the direct snap and advanced for a gain of 3 yards. This marked the first time a team had executed a fake punt from inside their own 20 since the Ravens did so.
During the ensuing 14-play drive, rookie Jahmyr Gibbs contributed with three rushes for a total of 18 yards, while Jared Goff displayed accuracy by completing 5 of 6 passes for 53 yards and a touchdown.
Amon-Ra St. Brown capped off the drive with a 9-yard touchdown reception from Goff. The seasoned receiver, St. Brown, made a significant impact on the drive, recording three catches for 27 yards. Additionally, Josh Reynolds made a key 21-yard reception.
As the first quarter came to a close, the Lions held a 7-0 lead.