KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Patrick Mahomes threw for 166 yards and a touchdown, Kansas City blasted Packers Jordan Love in their highly-anticipated debut in place of Aaron Rodgers on Sunday, and the Chiefs held the Green Bay 13-7 on Sunday. To.
Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, forcing the MVP to miss his first game since the 2017 season. Love responded by going 19 of 34 for 190 yards with a touchdown and interception, both coming into the fourth quarter when the Packers were trying to rally against the defending AFC champs from a 13-0 deficit .
Love’s touchdown pass to Alan Lazard with 4:49 gave Green Bay a chance. But Mahomes threw a dart at Tyrek Hill in third and -10 near midfield, with less than two minutes left for the first down, allowing the Chiefs to run out of clock.
Travis Kells had five catches for 68 yards and one touchdown for the Chiefs (5-4), who have won three of their last four matches despite a problematic offense. They finished with just 237 yards against Green Bay.
The Packers (7-2) took offense from only 301 yards as their seven-game winning streak came to an end. Green Bay also fell 6-12-1 without Rodgers since 2008.
More than any quarterback or offense, the difference in the first half belonged to Green Bay’s special teams.
Mason Crosby made a 40-yard field-goal effort in the first quarter. He had blocked 37-yards in the second period. And when the Packers punt later in the half, one of their downfield blockers accidentally touched the ball with his toe and the Chiefs recovered, eventually converting it into a chip-shot field-goal.
The Packers did almost the same thing when Amari Rodgers muffed another punt at the start of the second half.
The officers were not a whole lot better. He whispered on the punt of the first half – it took the Chiefs challenging the call to reverse it – and referee Shaun Smith had to stop the game several times to adjust the clock.
This probably would have ruined any offensive flow if the Chiefs and Packers had not done it on their own.
The Chiefs, whose high-flying offense turned heads on the way to three straight AFC title games, went three-out on his first two drives of the second half. The Packers also went three-out to start the second half, then watched as Love was dismissed by Tyrone Matthews to force a punt on his next possession at third down.
Green Bay finally mounted a solid campaign at the start of the fourth quarter, when Love completed seven straight passes. But after back-to-back imperfections, Love threw a pass towards Davante Adams – who came back from his own positive COVID-19 test last week – which was shot near the Kansas City goal line by L’Jarius Sneed. was chosen.
The Packers scored in their next campaign, but the Chiefs made sure it was too late.
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There was considerable support for Rodgers in the Arrowhead Stadium crowd. Not only was the number 12 jersey plentiful, one fan had a sign on his hand that read, “We Stand With Rodgers.” The embattled quarterback has been sharply criticized for claiming to be “immune” against COVID-19 despite never having been vaccinated. Rodgers also drew the ire of many for a free-wheeling interview this week, in which he claimed to be “in the crosshairs of a just-awake crowd”.
Packers: CB Eric Stokes was ruled out in the first quarter with a knee injury. DL Kenny Clarke had to be helped with a back pain in the second quarter, and LG John Runyon joined him in the locker room a few minutes later with illness.
Chiefs: RT Lucas Niang hurt his ribs in the first half. He was already starting in place of Mike Remmers (knee), forcing third-stringer Andrew Wyllie to end the game.
Green Bay returns home to face Seattle on Sunday.
Kansas City visits Las Vegas on Sunday nights.
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