Kansas City says 16 and NO to Green Bay with a 19-14 win at Arrowhead
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Mercury Morris will not have to worry about tresspassers and 1972 Dolphin Alum can pop the champaign, the Packers will not be going undefeated. There will be no perfect season.
Kyle Orton outdueled an ineffective Aaron Rodgers throwing for 299 yards as the Chiefs not only spoiled the Packers perfect season, but snapped Green Bay’s 19-game winning streak. The Packers hadn’t lost since December 10, 2010 in New England in a game quarterbacked by Matt Flynn with Rodgers sitting it out due to injury.
With Orton making his first start as a Chief, Kansas City was finally able to move the ball on offense. After scoring just three touchdowns in their previous 66 drives (one a Hail Mary) and just 22 points combined in their last three home games, Kansas City dropped 483 yards on the Pack keyed by Orton’s 23-31 for 299 yards. The Chiefs out-first-downed the Packers 23-16 enroute to 36 minutes time of possession.
The Chiefs had entered the game losers of five of their last six and having fired HC Todd Haley last Monday. Ex-Brown HC and KC defensive-coordinator made a major statement in his first game as the interim coach. With Denver and Oakland both losing, the Chiefs still have an outside shot at making the playoffs.
McCarthy and Rodgers dismissed the loss saying that their primary goal is to win the Super Bowl and that the perfect season would have been gravy. No loss is a good loss and this was not a good loss for Titletown. Rodgers was off from the outset completing just five of his first 15 passes. In his defense, he was missing his leading reciever in Greg Jennings and leading rusher James Starks, both out with injuries. Rodgers did set the team record for touchdown passes in a single season by throwing his 40th to Donald Driver in the 3rd quarter. Rodgers also ran for a score in the fourth.
The Packers had been so good for so long but were obviously flat here. The Packers can still lock up the top seed in the NFC by winning one of their two remaining home games against either Chicago or Detroit. Still, you have to beat a punchless 5-8 team in your final road game of the season with a PERFECT season at stake.