BRISBANE LIONS 9.9 (63)
RICHMOND 15.16 (106)
Those who merely tuned into the final scores to check if their tip was correct would assume the Tigers won comfortably at the Gabba.
While the 43-point margin was comfortable, Richmond players were anything but until the final quarter when they kicked away.
The Lions, missing Daniel Merrett (suspended), Pearce Hanley (injured) and Matt Leuenberger (injured), booted five unanswered goals to lead by five points at the 17-minute mark of the second term.
Even at halftime when the Tigers led by 14 points, the result looked up for grabs.
It wasn't until the final term when the Tigers kicked six goals to two that they truly appeared to hit their straps.
With Hawthorn and Geelong awaiting in the next two rounds, Damien Hardwick's men, now 2-3, have plenty of work to do if the Tigers are to be competitive against the league's best.
"It was a real grind but it was a solid game of footy," skipper Trent Cotchin told Channel 7 after his 32-disposal display.
"They (Hawthorn and Geelong) are the two premier sides of the competition.
"The pressure is on and we've just got to play four consistent quarters of footy."
Players from both teams formed a guard of honour for 250-game champion Jonathan Brown, who finished with four goals.
"I think we saw a bit of Jono Brown in his heyday here in the last quarter," Tigers forward Jack Riewoldt said.
"Hopefully we can use this win as a bit of a springboard. We've got 10 days to prepare for the Hawks."
The Lions are still winless and on the bottom of the ladder.
Q4 34MINS, LIONS 63 TIGERS 106
Martin marks and kicks his third goal of the game - a fair return.
Q4 32MINS, LIONS 63 TIGERS 100
Jonathan Brown marks strongly in front of Astury. He actually beat two Tigers. Goes back and kicks his fourth. He is a champ. No doubt about that.
Q4 31MINS, LIONS 57 TIGERS 100
Behind to Joel Patfull.
Q4 28MINS, LIONS 56 TIGERS 100
Houli spears a pass to Gordon who goes back and kicks his third for the quarter. Good effort given he was a sub.
Junk time now. Tigers by 38 points.
Q4 23MINS, LIONS 56 TIGERS 94
Behind to Grigg as the clock ticks down to seven minutes remaining.
Q4 20MINS, LIONS 56 TIGERS 93
Poor defence for the Tigers means Cutler can simply kick the ball off the deck and goal.
Q4 19MINS, LIONS 50 TIGERS 93
Gordon marks on the lead. Goes back and roosts his second in a row.
Q4 18MINS, LIONS 50 TIGERS 86
Gordon roves the pack and snaps a goal. He's done well, Gordon since coming on.
Q4 14MINS, LIONS 50 TIGERS 80
Edwards soccers a ball in the goal square and it's good. His second for the term. That should be it as the Tigers open up a 30-point lead.
Q4 11MINS, LIONS 50 TIGERS 74
Dustin Martin marks unattended in the pocket. Goes back and snaps. One behind.
Q4 7MINS, LIONS 50 TIGERS 73
Brent Moloney has a shot from 40m. Across the face.
Q4 4MINS, LIONS 49 TIGERS 73
Shane Edwards kicks a miracle goal from the boundary. Brisbane players are pleading touched and they have gone to the replay. It is inconclusive and the goal stands.
Q4 2MINS, LIONS 49 TIGERS 66
Sam Mayes misses on the run again. One behind. Should have done better.
Last quarter has begun. Can the Lions get a quick one and stay alive?
BRISBANE LIONS 7.6 (48)
RICHMOND 9.13 (67)
- Lions led by five points at the 17-min mark before Tigers booted five unanswered goals
Q3 32MINS, LIONS 48 TIGERS 67
Rushed behind to the Tigers.
Q3 32MINS, LIONS 48 TIGERS 66
Lions win the centre break and Brown marks in front of Astbury, diving forward on his chest. Nails his third and keeps the Lions in it.
Q3 31MINS, LIONS 42 TIGERS 66
Petterd's turn to get amongst the goalfest now... Tigers have finally hit their straps.