A fake punt attempt by the Detroit Lions in the season opening game. Photo Credit: NBC

The Kansas City Chiefs are notoriously difficult to beat in Arrowhead Stadium. But early on in Thursday’s game between the Chiefs and the Detroit Lions, Lions head Dan Campbell tried a wild play deep in his own territory. And it worked.

Facing off against the defending Super Bowl champions would be intimidating to some. But Campbell, who helped turn the Lions into a team with real promise this season, showed early on in the game that he is not afraid of out-of-the-box playcalling.

The Chiefs stopped the Lions early on in the game, forcing a fourth-and-2 from the Lions 17-yard line. Most teams would cut their losses and punt the ball away to save field position, but Campbell decided to get gutsy with his playcalling.

The snap went to Lions linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin, who was presumably expected to be in to block on the play. HE powered forward for a first down to keep their drive alive.

It will certainly take something special for the Lions to upset the Chiefs on their home turf in the opening game of the season. And Campbell provided just that with this play call.

Fans took to social media to praise Campbell for the call.

It ended up paying off in a big way, as the Lions would continue their drive and finish it off with the first touchdown of the season on a touchdown pass from Jared Goff to Amon-Ra St. Brown.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.