KANSAS CITY, Missouri – They say all good things must come to an end, in the case of the (6-8) Kansas City Chiefs ending the (13-1) Green Bay Packers franchise-record 19 game winning streak, that couldn’t be more true.
Behind a stout defense that contained Super Bowl MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a ball-control offense that kept the Packers high-flying offense off of the field and newly-acquired quarterback Kyle Orton’s distribution of the ball to ten different Chiefs receivers, the Chiefs were able to ground the Packers 19-14
Rodgers would be under constant pressure from the relentless Chiefs defense all day as he would be sacked four times and would be hit five times.
Rodgers would finish by going 17-of-35 for 235 yards and rush for a touchdown.
Kansas City, playing it’s first game under interim head coach, Romeo Crenell appeared to play with a real fire as they managed to contain Rodgers and his prolific wide receiver corps of Jordy Nelson, Donald Driver and Randall Cobb.
Tight end Jermichael Finley would lead the Packers in receiving with 83 yards receiving on three catches.
Orton, acquired off of waivers from the rival Denver Broncos would complete 22-of-31 passes to ten different receivers for 299 yards. Running back Jackie Battle would score on a one-yard run to seal the game with 4:53 left
Like Green Bay, Chiefs tight end Leonard Pope would lead his team in receiving with 72 yards on two receptions.
While the results may not have been expected, one can hardly say that they were surprised.
The Chiefs may have given Super Bowl contenders San Francisco, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, New England and Baltimore a blueprint on how to slow down Green Bay. After a narrow 38-35 Week 13 win over the New York Giants, Green Bay’s weaknesses at covering opposing tight ends and their shaky secondary came back to finally haunt them.
Kansas City would dominate the time of possession 36:11 to 23:49, keeping the Packers off the field, and despite only kicking three field goals was able to corral Rodgers by applying constant pressure from the defensive line and by getting physical with Green Bay’s receivers.
If a team like Kansas City can do this to the Packers, then just imagine what the Saints, 49ers or Steelers would do to them in the playoffs—or in the Super Bowl.
For Green Bay, this loss can serve as a learning experience and serve as a wake-up call for them to address their areas of concern on the offensive line and secondary before going into the playoffs.
The Packers being perfect may not have been so perfect after all.
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