Lions Humiliate Chiefs, Win Home Opener
Matthew Stafford (Mike Carter, US Presswire)
Matthew Stafford (Mike Carter, US Presswire)
Posted Sep 18, 2011
Nate Caminata

Detroit destroys hapless Kansas City squad to win home opener, 48-3.

Matthew Stafford tossed four touchdown passes and the Detroit Lions shrugged off a slow start to embarrass the Kansas City Chiefs, 48-3, in Sunday's home opener.

Following his strong performance last week, Stafford was again masterful, completing 23 of his 39 attempts for 294 yards. For the second consecutive game, Stafford shrugged off an early interception before making quick work of the Kansas City secondary.

Stafford, who wasn't sacked for the second consecutive week, was replaced in the fourth quarter by back-up Shaun Hill once the game was out of reach.

The Chiefs entered the game after a lopsided loss to Buffalo last week, but appeared willing to make the Lions fight in the early moments. However, six K.C. turnovers helped lead to 34 Detroit points.

Kansas City also lost top-flight running back Jamaal Charles to a knee injury in the first quarter. The extent of the injury isn't known.

The 48 points is the most scored by a Detroit team since a 1997 win over Chicago (55).

Detroit improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2007, and will face the winless Vikings at Minnesota next Sunday. The Chiefs fell to 0-2.

Notes: Lions' kicker Jason Hanson set a league record for most games played with one team (297)

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