Final

Packers 14

(13-1, 7-1 away)

Chiefs 19

(6-8, 3-4 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, December 18, 2011

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO 

1 2 3 4 T
GB 0 0 7 714
KC 6 0 3 1019

Top Performers

Passing: K. Orton (KC) - 299 YDS

Rushing: R. Grant (GB) - 12 CAR, 66 YDS

Receiving: J. Finley (GB) - 3 REC, 83 YDS

Romeo Crennel, Kyle Orton help Chiefs end Packers' push for perfection

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mike McCarthy never put a whole lot of stock in a perfect season, except as a means of gaining home-field advantage and setting the Green Bay Packers up for another Super Bowl run.

Well, they still have a chance to earn home-field advantage.

The perfect season? That's history.

Kyle Orton threw for 299 yards to outduel Aaron Rodgers, and the Kansas City Chiefs rallied behind interim coach Romeo Crennel for a shocking 19-14 victory on Sunday that ended the Packers' 19-game winning streak. It was their first loss since Dec. 19, 2010, at New England.

"I personally always viewed the undefeated season as, really, just gravy," McCarthy said. "The goal was to get home-field advantage and win the Super Bowl. That's what we discussed.

"We were fortunate enough to be in the position to possibly achieve the undefeated season," he added, "but we still have the primary goal in front of us, and that's to get home-field advantage."

Green Bay, playing without leading receiver Greg Jennings and top rusher James Starks because of injuries, can wrap up the No. 1 seed in their final two games against Chicago and Detroit. But the Packers no longer have the pressure of becoming the second team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl with a perfect record, or extending the second-longest winning streak in league history.

"I think our goal ultimate goal is to win a Super Bowl. The next step is getting that number one seed in the playoffs," Rodgers said. "We've got a home playoff game -- we've got a bye secured."

Rodgers was 17 of 35 for 235 yards and a touchdown, and he also scampered 8 yards for another touchdown with 2:12 left in the game. But the Packers (13-1) were unable to recover the onside kick, and Kansas City picked up a couple of first downs to secure the victory.

"They had a good game plan," Rodgers said. "You have to give them credit."

Ryan Succop kicked four field goals for Kansas City (6-8), which had lost five of its last six games and fired coach Todd Haley last Monday. Jackie Battle added a short touchdown plunge with 4:53 left in the game, points that came in handy when Rodgers led one last scoring drive.

"Everybody had marked it off as a win for the Packers, but those guys in the locker room, they're football players," Crennel said. "They decided they were not going to lay down, they were not going to give up, so they went out and played a tremendous game."

Neither team looked all that tremendous in the first half.

Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson was hit twice with offensive pass interference, Rodgers was harassed by the Chiefs' weak pass rush, and Green Bay wound up making five first downs.

One of them came when Kansas City's Jeremy Horne ran into Packers punter Tim Masthay, giving them 15 free yards. The Chiefs tried to give Green Bay another gift later on the drive when Mason Crosby missed a 59-yard field goal attempt but Kansas City had 12 men on the field.

With another chance from 54 yards, the normally reliable Crosby still pushed the kick right.

Rodgers finished the half 6 of 17 for 59 yards, with a handful of drops between wide receiver Donald Driver and tight end Jermichael Finley. In fact, things were going so badly for Green Bay that at one point it ran out of the wildcat despite having one of the best quarterbacks in the game.

The Chiefs were still clinging to a 6-0 lead when Rodgers finally hit downfield, finding Finley over top of `the coverage for a 41-yard gain. Three plays later, the Packers' star quarterback hit Driver in the corner of the end zone for a 7-6 lead with 8:04 left in the third quarter.

Kansas City answered when Orton hit his own tight end, Leonard Pope, for a career-long 38-yard catch. Jon Baldwin added a 17-yard grab to set up Succop's 46-yard, go-ahead field goal.

The Packers moved into field-goal range on their ensuing drive, but rather than have Crosby attempt a 56-yard kick in the same direction he had already missed, McCarthy elected to go for it on fourth-and-9. Rodgers' pass fell incomplete and the Chiefs took over.

They needed seven plays to cover 59 yards, but had to settle for another field goal and a 12-7 lead. It was the third time the Chiefs drove inside the 5 and had six total points to show for it.

They got seven on their next trip, though.

With first-and-goal at the 5, Thomas Jones managed to gain a yard and Le'Ron McClain bulled ahead for three more, setting up third down from just outside the goal line. Battle took the carry over the right side and powered into the end zone, giving the woeful Kansas City offense its highest-scoring game since the Chiefs beat San Diego in overtime in late October.

The Packers marched down the field in the closing minutes, and Rodgers showed his moxie by scampering around the end for a touchdown that made it 19-14, but that was as close as they got.

Green Bay came into the game averaging nearly 36 points, but was held to its lowest total since beating the Chicago Bears 10-3 in Week 17 last year. The Packers needed to win that game to make the playoffs, and wound up riding the momentum to a Super Bowl victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

All that momentum finally came to an end against the most unlikely of scenarios.

"We set the tone on both sides of the ball," Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said. "This is the great thing about football. You can't always look at the records, because you've got grown men out there who are all getting paid. You don't have to be better on paper.

"If you're better on that given Sunday, you'll get the win."

Game notes


Succop has made 21 consecutive field goals. ... Palko was inactive for Kansas City. ... The Chiefs wound up having the ball for 36:11, while Green Bay had it for 23:49. ... Kansas City won despite going 1 for 5 in the red zone. ... Packers OL Derek Sherrod broke his leg in the fourth quarter. He was playing in place of Bryan Bulaga, who went down with a knee strain.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GB
KC
1st Downs1623
Passing 1st downs
1018
Rushing 1st downs
55
1st downs from Penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
6-144-12
4th down efficiency
0-10-1
Total Plays5770
Total Yards315438
Yards per play5.56.3
Total Drives910
Passing213299
Comp - Att
17-3523-31
Yards per pass
6.19.6
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks - Yards Lost
4-220-0
Rushing102139
Rushing Attempts
1839
Yards per rush
5.73.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-21-5
Penalties5-377-55
Turnovers00
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession23:4936:11

Passing Leaders

GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rodgers17/352356.7104-22
KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Orton23/312999.6000-0

Rushing Leaders

GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grant12665.5018
Rodgers33210.7119
KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones15483.209
Battle10373.7115

Receiving Leaders

GBRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Finley38327.704110
Cobb45313.30164
KCRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Pope27236.00392
Breaston45012.50166

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGBKC
kcFG08:56Ryan Succop 19 Yd 03
kcFG00:11Ryan Succop 32 Yd 06
THIRD QUARTERGBKC
gbTD08:04Donald Driver 2 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 76
kcFG03:45Ryan Succop 46 Yd 79
FOURTH QUARTERGBKC
kcFG11:28Ryan Succop 20 Yd 712
kcTD04:53Jackie Battle 1 Yd Run (Ryan Succop Kick) 719
gbTD02:04Aaron Rodgers 8 Yd Run (Mason Crosby Kick) 1419

Research Notes

Aaron Rodgers completed 17 of 35 passes in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. This marks only the third time in Rodgers' career (among games started) and first time since 2010 Week 8 that he completed less than 50 percent of his pass attempts in a game.
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RodgersSunday was the first game Aaron Rodgers was without his main target, injured receiver Greg Jennings. Jennings' absence had a drastic effect on Green Bay's deep passing game.

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NEXT LEVEL: The Chiefs accumulated 83 of their 139 rushing yards outside the tackles and averaged 6.4 yards per carry in that direction. On the last drive to seal the game, the Chiefs continued going outside the tackles, rushing 3 times for 28 yards. Coming into Sunday, the Packers had allowed 6.3 yards per carry outside the tackles, 5th most in the league.
NEXT LEVEL: Kyle Orton is now 28 of 32 when passing inside the numbers against the Packers this season, going 15 of 17 in Sunday's win. The two best single-game completion percentages against the Packers inside the numbers this season now belong to Orton.

ChiefsThe Chiefs used at least five defensive backs on 86 percent of the Packers' plays Sunday and it worked quite well, halting Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay's previously-unstoppable passing attack.

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NEXT LEVEL: Ten of Aaron Rodgers' 35 pass attempts (28.6 percent) were either over or underthrown. That's the highest percentage of off-target incompletions for Rodgers in a game this season. His previous high was 24.1 in Week 6 and his season total was 13.7 percent. The Packers matched a season high with four dropped passes, all of which came in the first half.
Aaron Rodgers sets the Packers single-season TD pass record with his 40th, surpassing the mark of 39, set by Brett Favre in 1996.
The Packers were held scoreless in the first half by the Chiefs. haven't been held scoreless in a first half since Week 17 of 2010 against Bears. That was the second game of their win streak.

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