Detroit Lions grades: Matt Patricia and staff deserve credit for near upset of Chiefs

Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett grades the Detroit Lions, after their 34-30 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon at Ford Field:

Quarterback

Matthew Stafford declined to share anything meaningful about the hip injury he played through Sunday, but it was clear the injury affected his mobility at times. Stafford lost a fumble near the goal line when he tried to do too much, switching the ball from his left to right hand while looking for a receiver in the back of the end zone. He bounced a ball to Kenny Golladay in the fourth quarter, too, and left his second Hail Mary pass short of the end zone, but that’s nit-picking. Stafford played well overall, completing 21 of 34 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns. His first TD pass to Golladay was a laser fit between four defenders. The costly fumble keeps this grade from being an A.

Grade: A-minus

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Running backs

Kerryon Johnson had the third 100-yard rushing game of his career, running for 125 yards on 26 carries. He ran with a purpose and did his part to keep…

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