Dealing with injuries and the pressure that goes along with the pursuit of a perfect season, the Green Bay Packers winning streak finally came to an end. After 19-straight victories and a 13-0 record to start this season, the unlikely villain turned out to be the Kansas City Chiefs. It was the Chiefs that dominated the time of possession and committed zero turnovers in a 19-14 upset victory over the Packers.
The Packers struggled offensively. Aaron Rodgers completed less than 50% of his passes (17-35), although he had plenty of help. In the first half, Green Bay receivers dropped six passes, four of them by tight end Jermichael Finley who has had plenty of issues hanging on to the football this season. Jordy Nelson was even hit with a pair of offensive pass interference penalties. Aaron Rodgers was also sacked four times.
Defensively, the Packers struggled to get off the field and despite leading the NFL in interceptions, got nothing from the Chiefs. Kyle Orton, who has lost to the Packers earlier this season as a member of the Denver Broncos, completed 23 of 31 for 299 yards and turned out to be a real difference maker.
The Chiefs gave their interim head coach Romeo Crennel a win in his first game after Todd Haley was fired earlier in the week.
The Packers may still go on to win the Super Bowl, but they won’t do it as an unbeaten team. They have home games left against the Bears on Christmas night and the Lions on New Years day. They’ll try to correct their mistakes on film and then start getting ready for the Chicago Bears next.