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So it begins, a football game after almost 8 months, on one of the loudest stages in the US. The defending champs are taking on the Lions on their home turf, with a few of their weapons sidelined. Travis Kelce has been recovering from a knee injury, the swelling of which has gotten worse over time, keeping him benched in the season opener. Nevertheless, he stood right there beside the sidelines as the Chiefs made strides.

The anticipation around this game has been palpable for a reason. The Silver Crush has assembled a team in the past three years, which has turned them into an NFC powerhouse, despite a 6-year playoff drought. In the first half of this showdown, the team has shown their immense improvement, going toe-to-toe with a winning attitude.

Travis Kelce celebrates the second touchdown!

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Like their star tight end, the Chiefs are missing their defensive leader, Chris Jones, due to a contract dispute with management. This gives the Lions an advantage, especially as their offense has been doing well. Jared Goff, who threw 15 touchdowns last season, got his first passing touchdown, thanks to a clever fake punt play by coach Dan Campbell.

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The Chiefs quickly got their hands on the ball and were looking to rack up some points. On a one-yard touchdown catch, Rashee Rice evened the score, from a beautiful pass from star QB Patrick Mahomes. Then, the highlight of the first half happened when Mahomes connected with reserve tight end Blake Bell for a stunning touchdown, just 34 seconds before halftime. Travis stood on the sideline with a smile, adding to the excitement.

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This game has delivered all the excitement fans were hoping for, with many memorable moments and even some record-breaking plays.

Key moments from the first half!

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The excitement for this season’s first game paid off, especially with Jared Goff shining for the Lions. Last season, he completed 68.3% of his passes and threw for a whopping 2,397 yards. The Lions’ offense has been impressive, except for one hiccup in the first half when WR Marvin Jones fumbled, and the Chiefs recovered. It was Jones’s first fumble in his 11-year career, spanning 146 games.

The 2X MVP, Mahomes, moves heads all around in the gridiron with two passing touchdowns. Interestingly, he also completed 7 passes with seven different receivers in only the first half, paving the way for the team’s lead.

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Right now, the Chiefs are ahead by 7 points in the first half, and the second half is about to start. Can the Lions turn it around and take the lead? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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