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|Following their loss against the Chiefs, the Packers take a seat in the examination room.|
I'll admit to being surprised that the Packers lost Sunday. It was just two weeks ago, in fact, that I suggested they would finish 16-0 unless they benched their starters for meaningless games and/or self-destructed with a series of uncharacteristic mistakes. Neither happened Sunday, and I agreed with McCarthy when he said: "We were beaten today." Indeed, the Chiefs controlled the game throughout. In the end, however, the Packers did fall out of the template they had set for themselves during a 19-game winning streak. They didn't force a single turnover for the first time since, yes, their last defeat — in Week 15 of the 2010 season to the New England Patriots. They entered the game with an NFL-high 32 takeaways, including 27 interceptions. It wasn't quite a self-destruction, but it was a break from their pattern.