The Green Bay Packers entered the 685th edition of Monday Night Football atop of the NFC North, and they would finish atop the North, regardless of Monday night’s result. Good news for the Packers, they would start off strong against the Kansas City Chiefs in a rematch of Super Bowl I.
“We have great veteran leadership. Everybody has a role, and our young guys have done a good job playing in their role,” Head coach Mike McCarthy said following Monday Night’s game, according to the Green Bay Packers.
Despite both teams starting off the game with opening drive three-and-outs, both teams would come around throughout the game. Luckily for the Packers, they scored early, and never looked back.
On the second drive for the Packers, the offense struck on a six-play, 69 yard drive that resulted in a Ty Montgomery courtesy of Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers would later strike for several more.
Following a Chiefs punt on the following drive, the Packers took over possession in their own territory at the 11-yard line. The Packers rushed down the field due to productive rushes from Eddie Lacey and James Starks, who seemingly split carries throughout the first half, giving the Packers the upper hand in the rushing game while clearing passing lanes for Rodgers. Rodgers later ended the drive with a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb, plays after the Chiefs lost their nickel cornerback Phillip Gaines due to a game-ending injury. Packers led early, 14-0.
After sustaining three consecutive three-and-outs, the Chiefs offense took over in their own territory due to a failed fourth-down conversion by the Packers. The Chiefs gained alternative yardage through two Packers penalties, including an unsportsmanlike conduct call on Casey Hayward at the conclusion of a 38-yard catch-and-run by Chief’s tight end Travis Kelce. Consequently, the Chiefs charged it in from nine yards out with Jamaal Charles, trimming the Packer’s lead to 14-7.
But that wasn’t all the quarterback competition between Rodgers and Alex Smith featured going into the second half. Despite Smith’s 1-23-1 record when trailing going into the second half, the Chiefs contained the Packers late, and made a late-game run.
Barring a second half comeback, the Chiefs were in desperate need of an aerial assault to have any chance to make a comeback against a sprightly Packer’s offense. With the ball deep in their own territory, Smith negated a Packer’s safety, but instead turned the ball over to Packer’s cornerback Sam Shields, who returned the ball to the 4-yard line, setting Rodgers and Cobb up for another receiving touchdown, Cobb’s second of the game.
Later in the third quarter, the Chiefs were accompanied with a sight they haven’t seen since week 14 of the 2013 season, a touchdown that was caught by a wide receiver.
With the Chiefs down 31-7, and a transparent need to throw the ball downfield, Smith completed a five-yard touchdown to Jeremy Maclin, the first Chief’s touchdown to a wide receiver since Dwayne Bowe did it against the Washington Redskins. The Chiefs matched the Packer with seven points scored in the third quarter, Packers still led, 31-14.
However, the Chiefs had a late-game revival in them, following Cobb’s third and final touchdown reception of the game (the first Packer to have three receiving touchdowns in a game since James Jones in 2013.) The Chiefs managed to outscore the Packers in the fourth behind the attack of Charles and the Chief’s offense. Charles rushed for two more touchdowns, trimming the lead down to 12 for the Packers, just after the two-minute warning.
In the end, the Chief’s late game heroics weren’t enough to down the Packers and their lethargic offense, as they compiled 448 total yards, including 325 of which came through the air. This was the first time in 22 games the Chiefs defense allowed a quarterback to throw for over 300 yards in a single game. But this lone statistic didn’t headline Rodgers’ impressive day.
“We took care of the football, the defense got us a turnover, it’s a great team win at home,” Rodgers said following his impressive showing on Monday Night Football.
Rodger’s threw for five touchdowns, in what was yet another interception-less performance, and another nearly perfect performance. Rodgers has completed 483 receptions and 43 touchdowns since his last interception recorded against the Buffalo Bills late last season, and is on an even more impressive track at Lambeau Field in particular.
Meanwhile for the Chiefs, this marks the franchise’s first loss at Lambeau Field ever, and places the Chiefs at 1-2 on the season. The Chiefs travel to Cincinnati next week to take on the Bengals in an inter-conference battle.
For the Packers, they improve to 3-0 on the season, the first 3-0 start since they started the 2011 season 13-0 before losing the Chiefs in week 15. The Packers hit the road next week as they travel to Santa Clara, CA as they take on the San Francisco 49er’s.
- Aaron Rodgers
- Randall Cobb
- Mike Daniels
- Jamaal Charles
Did you know?
Only four players have a receiving touchdown in all three weeks so far: Travis Benjamin, James Jones, Dante Moncrief and Brandon Marshall.
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