KANSAS CITY, MO – DECEMBER 18: Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Kansas City Chiefs in action during the game against the Green Bay Packers on December 18, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
96. Chiefs hand Green Bay Packers first loss (2011)
In 2011, the Kansas City Chiefs were ravaged by injuries. Over the final preseason week an the first two games of the regular season, the Chiefs would watch as tight end Tony Moeaki, strong safety Eric Berry and running back Jamaal Charles would sustain torn ACLs.
After an 0-3 start, it seemed all but certain that the season would be down the drain before October arrived. However, the Chiefs rallied for four consecutive wins before losing quarterback Matt Cassel for the season. After watching Tyler Palko play for a few weeks, general manager Scott Pioli signed Kyle Orton to get under center.
Orton would play decent football in Kansas City, including a stunning 19-14 win in Week 15 over the previously undefeated Green Bay Packers. The Chiefs wound up 7-9 and missed the postseason, but the win was a national stunner. Orton moved on after the season while the Chiefs gave one more season to Cassel before trading for Alex Smith.
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