PONTIAC, MICH., NOV. 26 -- Kansas City Coach Frank Gansz was looking for a spark. Quarterback Bill Kenney came through with a sizzler.

Kenney, making his first start in three games, fired up the Chiefs offense with two touchdown passes as they snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 27-20 victory today against the Detroit Lions at the Silverdome.

"It's a feeling of joy, there's nothing like it in the world," Gansz said. "You know your efforts have really paid off."

The Chiefs' offense, which had gone without a touchdown for 13 quarters, came to life under Kenney, who completed 18 of 26 passes for 246 yards with one interception. It was only the third time this season the Chiefs (2-9) passed for more than 200 yards.

Herman Heard, who rushed for a career-high 87 yards on 14 carries, scored on a two-yard run for the Chiefs, and Nick Lowery, who went to St. Albans, kicked field goals of 52 and 54 yards. Lowery, the first NFL player to kick two field goals over 50 yards in a game, now has done it twice.

Kenney, who missed two games with an injured wrist, threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Hayes in the first quarter and a 13-yard touchdown pass to Paul Coffman in the second quarter.

"The coaches gave me the opportunity and I think I moved the ball very effectively throughout most of the game," Kenney said.

Detroit Coach Darryl Rogers, whose team is 2-9, met with club owner William Clay Ford for several minutes after the game. Rogers refused comment.

Chuck Long, who completed 21 of 41 passes for 206 yards, threw a 10-yard pass to Gary Ellerson for Detroit's final score with 1:48 left. Kansas City 7 17 3 0 27 Detroit 0 10 3 7 20

First Quarter

KC -- Hayes 7 pass from Kenney (Lowery kick), 6:01 Second Quarter

KC -- Coffman 13 pass from Kenney (Lowery kick), 2:31

D -- Bernard 11 run (Murray kick), 8:33

KC -- FG Lowery 52, 9:48

KC -- Heard 2 run (Lowery kick), 13:27

D -- FG Murray 48, 15:00 Third Quarter

D -- FG Murray 37, 8:43

KC -- FG Lowery 54, 13:08 Fourth Quarter

D -- Ellerson 10 pass from Long (Murray kick), 13:12

A -- 43,820

Chiefs Lions First downs 22 22 Rushes-yards 34-162 26-151 Passing yards 246 206 Return yards 11 67 Passing 18-26-1 21-41-0 Sacked-yards lost 0-0 0-0 Punts-average 3-49 4-44 Fumbles-lost 2-1 0-0 Penalties-yards 8-53 5-30 Time of possession 28:07 3

RUSHING -- Kansas City: Heard 14-87, Okoye 14-58, Palmer 4-26, Carson 1-minus 2, Kenney 1-minus 7. Detroit:

PASSING -- Kansas City: Kenney 18-26-1, 246 yards. Detroit: Long 21-41-0, 206.

RECEIVING -- Kansas City: Carson 4-87, Paige 4-80, Okoye 4-25, Hayes 3-26, Palmer 2-15, Coffman 1-13. Detro

MISSED FIELD GOALS -- Detroit: Murray 33.