Final

Chiefs 20

(4-11, 2-5 away)

Lions 25

(7-8, 5-3 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, December 23, 2007

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 T
KC 0 14 0 620
DET 9 10 3 325

Top Performers

Passing: D. Huard (KC) - 305 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: T. Duckett (DET) - 15 CAR, 102 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Gonzalez (KC) - 10 REC, 137 YDS

Lions send Chiefs to first 11-loss season since 1988

DETROIT (ESPN.com news services) -- It was an ugly game, perhaps fittingly for two teams that combined for a 13-game losing streak.

The Detroit Lions, though, are not in the position to get picky.

T.J. Duckett ran for a season-high 102 yards and a touchdown, helping Detroit hold on for a 25-20 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and snap a six-game losing streak.

Detroit had a 19-point lead in the first half, but the victory wasn't sealed until Chiefs receiver Samie Parker went down on his own at the Lions 30 after getting a lateral with no time left.

"A win like this, you've got to take it," Lions center Dominic Raiola said. "But it wasn't pretty."

The Lions (7-8) surpassed the most victories they've had in seven seasons under team president Matt Millen. Detroit also guaranteed it won't be the first NFL team to finish 6-10 after winning six of its first eight games.

"We missed out on a lot of opportunities," defensive tackle Cory Redding said. "But the one thing we said we were going to do is fight. Seven wins is four more than we had last year, but it's not good enough."

Kansas City (4-11) has dropped eight straight, the franchise's worst skid since losing nine in a row in 1987. The Chiefs also loss for the 11th time this season, the first 11-loss year for the club since 1988.

The latest loss followed a 26-17 setback at home to Tennessee after giving up the final 13 points.

"We've had some opportunities," Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said. "We've had them every week, but we just can't get it done."

The Chiefs made Sunday's game relatively interesting after it looked as though they were going to be routed.

Detroit led 19-0 early in the second quarter before Kansas City suddenly showed a pulse when quarterback Brodie Croyle was injured and replaced by Damon Huard.

Playing for the first time since Week 11, Huard efficiently led 80- and 77-yard drives toward the end of the first half to pull the Chiefs within five points.

Huard's 34-yard pass -- on a rope -- to Dwayne Bowe in the end zone converted a fourth down and made it 22-20 early in the fourth. It snapped a six-game scoreless streak in the fourth quarter. The 2-point conversion failed.

Then, the Lions struggled to put Kansas City away.

After Jason Hanson kicked his third field goal with 43 seconds left, the Chiefs got the ball back one more time with a chance to score a go-ahead TD.

Kansas City's final drive started at its 17 with 39 seconds left, and Parker ended any chance for a remarkable game-ending play by going to the turf with no time on the clock.

"It's tough when you battle back like we did and to get as close as we did, and then to come up short there in the fourth quarter," Huard said. "It's very frustrating."

The Chiefs' misery started back at home, where a winter storm delayed their flight by several hours.

Once in Detroit, Kansas City shook up its halftime routine hoping to reverse its poor play in second halves.

"The players said, 'Hey, Coach, we want to stay out,'" Edwards recalled. "I said, 'Just like high school, we'll go and use the bathroom and then as soon as we're done, we'll go back out.' That's what we did. We gave up three points and got back into the game and made it competitive."

The Chiefs had 25 first downs, more than doubling Detroit's total, and outgained the Lions 407-236.

But the difference proved to be a safety Detroit scored off Casey Fitzsimmons' blocked punt and linebacker Paris Lenon's 61-yard TD off Croyle's interception on a play that knocked him out of the game with an injured right hand.

"MRI came back negative; it's not broken," Edwards said. "We'll see where he's at going into next week. Brodie probably couldn't have went back."

Duckett filled in well for Kevin Jones after he was sidelined with a right knee injury late in the first half, adding to the injury woes that have plagued his career.

"It's pretty serious," Lions coach Rod Marinelli said.

Detroit's Jon Kitna threw just 16 passes for 115 yards and an interception.

Huard was 24-of-36 for 305 yards and two TDs, including one to defensive end Jared Allen, who lined up as a tight end and scored for the second time this season.

Tony Gonzalez had 10 receptions for 137 yards, giving him 23 100-yard games in his career to trail only Kellen Winslow's total of 24 among tight ends in NFL history.

Game notes


Lions OT Damien Woody (shoulder), S Gerald Alexander (right shoulder) and Kansas City OT Damion McIntosh (ankle) were injured. ... Hall of Famer Barry Sanders was honored at halftime along with some of his linemen, a decade after running for 2,000-plus yards.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
KC
DET
1st Downs2512
Passing 1st downs
166
Rushing 1st downs
65
1st downs from penalties
31
3rd down efficiency
5-143-11
4th down efficiency
1-20-0
Total Plays7050
Total Yards407236
Yards per play5.84.7
Total Drives1212
Passing34499
Comp-Att
33-489-16
Yards per pass
6.65.5
Interceptions thrown
11
Sacks-Yards Lost
4-302-16
Rushing63137
Rushing Attempts
1832
Yards per rush
3.54.3
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-31-2
Penalties6-464-20
Turnovers11
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
11
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession32:0527:55

Passing Leaders

KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Huard24/363058.5204-30
Croyle9/12695.8010-0
DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Kitna9/161157.2012-16

Rushing Leaders

KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith17603.5014
Battle133.013
DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Duckett151026.8153
Jones8151.906

Receiving Leaders

KCRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gonzalez1013713.7029
Bowe89712.1134
DETRECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson24723.5026
McDonald22613.0017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERKCDET
detTD2:08T.J. Duckett, 11 yd run (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yds, 4:12
07
detSF0:38Safety
Drive info: 3 plays, 2 yds, 1:32
09
SECOND QUARTERKCDET
detFG10:25Jason Hanson 46 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 47 yds, 5:11
012
detTD9:13Paris Lenon, 61 yd interception return (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 34 yds, 1:20
019
kcTD3:38Jackie Battle, 3 yd run (John Carney kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yds, 5:27
719
kcTD0:27Jared Allen, 1 yd pass from Damon Huard (John Carney kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 77 yds, 2:11
1419
THIRD QUARTERKCDET
detFG8:39Jason Hanson 20 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 74 yds, 4:10
1422
FOURTH QUARTERKCDET
kcTD13:36Dwayne Bowe, 34 yd pass from Damon Huard(Damon Huard pass to Tony Gonzalez for 2pt conversion failed)
Drive info: 10 plays, 70 yds, 6:17
2022
detFG0:48Jason Hanson 47 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 0 yds, 1:05
2025