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Packers’ perfect season ends with 19-14 loss to Kansas City


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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.

At a glance

Green Bay 14, Kansas City 19

Green Bay 0 0 7 7 — 14

Kansas City 6 0 3 10 — 19

First Quarter

KC » FG Succop 19, 8:56.

KC » FG Succop 32, :11.

Third Quarter

GB » Driver 2 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick), 8:04.

KC » FG Succop 46, 3:45.

Fourth Quarter

KC » FG Succop 20, 11:28.

KC » Battle 1 run (Succop kick), 4:53.

GB » Rodgers 8 run (Crosby kick), 2:04.

Attendance » 74,093.

GB KC

First downs 16 23

Total Net Yards 315 438

Rushes-yards 18-102 39-139

Passing 213 299

Punt Returns 1-0 3-36

Kickoff Returns 3-68 1-22

Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0

Comp-Att-Int 17-35-0 23-31-0

Sacked-Yards Lost 4-22 0-0

Punts 5-53.4 2-49.5

Fumbles-Lost 2-0 0-0

Penalties-yards 5-35 7-55

Time of Possession 23:49 36:11

Individual Statistics

Rushing » Green Bay, Grant 12-66, Rodgers 3-32, Cobb 1-4, Kuhn 2-0. Kansas City, Jones 15-48, Battle 10-37, Breaston 1-25, McClain 4-20, McCluster 5-14, Orton 4-(minus 5).

Passing » Green Bay, Rodgers 17-35-0-235. Kansas City, Orton 23-31-0-299.

Receiving » Green Bay, Cobb 4-53, Finley 3-83, Grant 3-35, Nelson 2-29, J.Jones 2-17, Driver 2-7, Kuhn 1-11. Kansas City, Breaston 4-50, Bowe 4-49, McClain 4-26, Pope 2-72, Becht 2-20, Copper 2-20, McCluster 2-11, Jones 1-27, Baldwin 1-17, Battle 1-7.

Missed Field Goals » Green Bay, Crosby 54 (WR).

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The Packers marched down 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."

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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