Game Notes: Lions vs. Chiefs

Posted Sep 18, 2011

  • With the win today over the Chiefs, the Lions start 2-0 on the season, which is the first time since the 2007 season the team has won their first two games.
  • The Lions defense registered 6 takeaways in the game, including 3 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries. Through 2 games, the defense has collected 8 takeaways (4 interceptions and 4 fumble recoveries).
  • With 3 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries today, it marked the first time since the Lions claimed a 24-17 win at Houston (Oilers) December 10, 1995 that the team had 3 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries in a game.
  • The team's 3 interceptions today were all recorded by members of the defensive secondary (CB Chris Houston, S Amari Spievey and CB Eric Wright). The last time the secondary recorded 3 interceptions in a game was in a 16-7 win at Chicago October 28, 2007.
  • For the second consecutive game, the Lions defense yielded no touchdowns in the first half. Last week in the opener at Tampa Bay, the Lions defense allowed just two field goals. Today against the Chiefs, they allowed just one field goal in the first half.
  • The Lions defense has allowed 1 touchdown (passing) and three field goals thus far through the first two games of the season.
  • Stafford moved the Lions lead to 34-3 to begin the fourth quarter by connecting with RB Jahvid Best on a 9-yard TD pass. It was his fourth touchdown pass of the game, marking his third career game of throwing four touchdown passes.
  • Johnson caught his second touchdown of the game on a 1-yard, fourth down pass with 1:17 left in the third quarter. It marks the first time in his career he has scored two receiving touchdowns in consecutive games.
  • Johnson is now seventh player in Lions history to record two receiving touchdowns in six games.
  • TE Tony Scheffler’s 36-yard touchdown reception to move the Lions lead to 14-3 in the second quarter is his second of the season. The 36-yard catch is the longest reception since joining the Lions in 2010.
  • Scheffler now has two touchdown catches in the first season’s first two games.
  • Stafford second touchdown pass of the game now gives him 6 games of at least two touchdowns in his 15 career NFL starts.
  • CB Chris Houston stopped a Chiefs drive in Lions territory during the second quarter (4:36) by recording his second interception of the season and returned it 26 yards. Houston now has tied his single-season career high for interceptions (2).He also had two in 2008.
  • Hanson connected on a 51-yard field goal with 3:29 left in the second quarter to give the Lions a 17-3 lead. He hold the NFL record for 50-yard field goals, and the 51-yarder now gives him 46 for his career.
  • He now has registered a 50-yard field goal in 17 NFL seasons. He is now tied with K Morten Andersen, K Jason Elam and K John Kasay for the most seasons in NFL history recording a 50-yard field goal.
  • Detroit Lions K Jason Hanson set an all-time NFL record today by playing in his 297th career game for the Lions, which marks the most games played by one player for one team. He surpassed Hall of Fame C Bruce Matthews who played 296 games for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans.
  • On the PAT following the Lions touchdown to begin the game, Hanson reached 1,900 career points, the seventh player in NFL history with 1,900 career points.
  • Today’s game marks T Jeff Backus’ 162nd consecutive start. He currently has the most consecutive starts by any lineman (offense or defense) in the NFL and the most among offensive players.
  • With 162 consecutive starts, he now has passed G Steve Wisniewski for ninth among offensive linemen in consecutive starts since 1970.
  • WR Calvin Johnson capped off the opening drive of the game with a 15-yard reception from QB Matthew Stafford. It marks Johnson’s 36th career touchdown receptions, and he is now in sole possession of second place on the Lions all-time career receiving touchdowns list. WR Herman Moore has the team’s all-time record with 62.
  • The touchdown catch also is Johnson’s third of the season. Three touchdowns through two games thus far is a career-high for Johnson to begin the season (first two games.)