Packers lose to Chiefs, bid for perfect season ends
The Green Bay Packers will not become the third team to finish the NFL regular season with a perfect record in the Super Bowl era.
The Packers' bid for perfection came to a halt on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, who rallied behind interim coach Romeo Crennel and new quarterback Kyle Orton to a shocking 19-14 victory.
Orton completed 23 of 31 passes for 299 yards in his first start for the Chiefs (6-8), who fired coach Todd Haley last Monday with the team having lost five of its last six games. The loss also ended the Packers' 19-game winning streak.
Behind an inspired performance by the defense, four field goals by Ryan Succop and Jackie Battle's short touchdown run with 4:53 left in the game, Kansas City managed to hand the Packers (13-1) their first loss since Dec. 19, 2010, at New England -– exactly one day shy of a full year.
Aaron Rodgers completed only 17 of 35 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown, and he also scampered eight yards for another touchdown with 2:12 left in the game. But the Packers were unable to recover the ensuing onside kick.
-- Associated Press
Photo: Jackie Battle (26) celebrates his touchdown run with some Chiefs teammates against the Packers in the fourth quarter. Credit: Associated Press