GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Jordan Love confirmed the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs simply how a lot he is realized for the reason that final time he confronted them.
Love related with Christian Watson on two of his three landing passes and the resurgent Inexperienced Bay Packers gained their third straight recreation, 27-19 over Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs on Sunday evening.
This marked the primary time Love had confronted the Chiefs since a 13-7 loss at Kansas Metropolis two years in the past in his first profession begin, after a constructive COVID-19 take a look at sidelined Aaron Rodgers.
“Clearly I’ve had this recreation circled for a very long time,” Love mentioned. “This was my first begin and I clearly did not play how I wished to the primary recreation. To have the ability to see these guys and get the victory is big.”
The Packers scored touchdowns on three of their first 4 drives and by no means trailed, with their protection making two large stops within the final 5 1/2 minutes. Inexperienced Bay knocked down Mahomes’ cross into the top zone on the sport’s closing play.
Since dropping 4 straight earlier this season, the Packers have gained 4 of 5 to creep into playoff place.
“They’re coming collectively,” Packers cach Matt LaFleur mentioned. “They’re working. They’re getting higher. They’re taking part in sooner, taking part in extra assured.”
The Packers (6-6) improved their December document to 16-0 below LaFleur. The one workforce ever to win extra consecutive December video games was the San Diego Chargers with 18 straight from 2006-09, earlier than their transfer to Los Angeles.
Love went 25 of 36 for 267 yards. Tight finish Ben Sims had a 1-yard catch for his first profession landing, and Love added TD passes of 9 and 12 yards to Watson.
Mahomes was 21 of 31 for 210 yards with a landing cross and an interception for the Tremendous Bowl champion Chiefs (8-4), who misplaced in entrance of pop celebrity Taylor Swift for the primary time. Kansas Metropolis had gained its earlier 4 video games Swift had attended since starting her relationship with tight finish Travis Kelce.
Kansas Metropolis nonetheless leads the AFC West however fell behind three different groups for the highest seed within the convention.
“The Packers I believed did an incredible job tonight,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid mentioned. “They received after us, and it’s a superb soccer workforce. We’ve received to have the ability to begin sooner on each side of the ball. We’ve received to verify we deal with that. Whether or not it was the penalties on offense or whether or not we weren’t getting off the sphere on the defensive facet, these are issues that value us. We’ve received to study from that and get higher as we go ahead.”
Isiah Pacheco rushed for 110 yards and a landing earlier than getting ejected for punching Keisean Nixon throughout a scuffle on the sport’s closing collection. Noah Grey had a 2-yard TD catch early within the fourth quarter that received Kansas Metropolis inside two.
Mahomes had a few late probabilities to tie the sport or take the lead.
Kansas Metropolis had a primary down simply past midfield when Nixon picked off Mahomes’ cross supposed for Skyy Moore with 5:14 left. The turnover arrange a 48-yard subject purpose by Anders Carlson that made it 27-19.
Kansas Metropolis received the ball again at its personal 30 with 1:09 left and no timeouts remaining.
Mahomes had a 10-yard run and received hit by Jonathan Owens whereas going out of bounds, resulting in a private foul that put the ball at Inexperienced Bay’s 45. Rashee Rice then appeared to fumble, with Inexperienced Bay’s Corey Ballentine returning it for a game-clinching landing, however replays confirmed Rice was down earlier than the ball got here free.
Kansas Metropolis couldn’t capitalize.
The Chiefs argued in useless for a cross interference name on an extended incompletion to Marquez Valdes-Scantling within the closing minute. The Chiefs had the ball at Kansas Metropolis’s 33 on the sport’s closing play, when Mahomes threw right into a crowd, and there was loads of contact earlier than the ball fell to the bottom.
Chiefs: LB Drue Tranquill left with a concussion within the first quarter. S Bryan Cook dinner was carted off the sphere with an ankle harm within the third quarter. RB Jerick McKinnon (groin) did not play.
Packers: Watson injured his hamstring whereas working for a primary down late within the fourth quarter. CB Jaire Alexander (shoulder) missed a fourth consecutive recreation. RB Aaron Jones (knee) and TE Josiah Deguara (hip) have been out for a second straight recreation.
Chiefs: Host Buffalo subsequent Sunday.
Packers: On the New York Giants on Monday, Dec. 11.
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