It’s a great morning to be a Kansas City Chiefs fan. Our boys became the first team in 364 days to defeat the defending Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers. More importantly, KC showed that with some decent offensive production and a solid game plan, they can play with any team in the league.
Regardless of how things turn out in 2011, it is hard not to be excited about 2012.
“Kansas City had a great game plan and got it done,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “The Chiefs pressed us from the time we got off the bus.”
Like all receivers in West Coast offenses, Packers receivers have to run to spots and be there on time. Tight end Jermichael Finley said he was pressed and disrupted heading into routes more than he is in normal weeks. Finley dropped three or four passes and ended up talking to his hands at one point.
“I think I’m going to get press man and a safety over the top from here on,” Finley said. “Press man makes me play slower and gets me off my mark.”
Often times rushing with only four or five, the Chiefs committed to playing coverage. They shaded their safeties to help cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Brandon Flowers on the perimeter. When they left the middle of the field open, tight end Jermichael Finley couldn’t make them pay often enough. Rodgers threw his way 10 times, but Finley caught only three of them. He had 83 yards after getting shut out against the Raiders, and his 41-yard catch in the third quarter helped set up the Packers’ first touchdown, but his day could’ve been much better.
Ryan Succop kicked four field goals for Kansas City (6-8), which had lost five of its previous six games and fired coach Todd Haley last Monday. Jackie Battle added a short touchdown plunge with 4:53 to play, points that came in handy when Rodgers led one last scoring drive.
“Everybody had marked it off as a win for the Packers, but those guys in the locker room, they’re football players,’’ Crennel said. “They decided they were not going to lay down, they were not going to give up, so they went out and played a tremendous game.’’
Patrick Allen is VP of Content for the FanSided Network. He also serves the managing editor of the network's very first site, Arrowhead Addict. Originally from Ohio, Patrick is a Chiefs fan first and a Browns fan second (I know!). He also pulls for the Buckeyes, Indians and Cavs. Guinness is thinking of naming him the most miserable sports fan of all time. @rpatrickallen