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Wrap-up: Chiefs 19, Packers 14
December, 18, 2011
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
A look at the Kansas City Chiefs' stunning 19-14 upset of the Green Bay Packers.
What it means: The Chiefs have derailed history. This game will be talked about in future years when teams go undefeated well into December. This has to be one of the Chiefs’ regular-season highlights in recent memory. In their first game after firing coach Todd Haley, the now 6-8 Chiefs knocked off the 13-0 Packers and did it in fairly convincing matter.
Crennel’s candidacy: Interim coach Romeo Crennel couldn’t have helped his cause any better than he did Sunday. He was already a candidate to be the permanent coach and after leading the team to this win, he’ll take a major step closer to becoming the head man in 2012.
Orton provides spark: What a way for Kyle Orton to make his starting debut for the Chiefs. He was 23-of-31 for 299 yards passing. It was a highlight of a difficult year for the former Denver starter. If Orton finishes strong in the next two games, Kansas City could potentially consider signing him and replacing Matt Cassel.
Stalling in the red zone: The Chiefs could have won this game by 20 points, but they kept stalling in the red zone. In the end, it didn’t hurt the Chiefs.
Great defensive effort: The Kansas City defense has been up and down this season. It gave up 37 points last week to the Jets, however, it did a great job Sunday against the best offense in the NFL. Great work by Crennel’s defense.
Finally AFC West trouble: Its three previous games against the AFC West this season, Green Bay scored at least 45 points.
What’s next: The Chiefs host Oakland on Saturday as it looks for the season sweep over their division rival.
Final Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14 Final Detroit 23 Buffalo 0 Final Indianapolis 7 Cincinnati 35 Final New York 7 Philadelphia 37 Final St. Louis 13 Miami 14 Final Kansas City 14 Green Bay 34 Final Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0 Final New England 13 New York 16 Final Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10 Final Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13 Final Chicago 13 Cleveland 33 Final San Francisco 40 Houston 13 Final Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3 Final Denver 27 Dallas 3 Final Arizona 9 San Diego 12 Final Seattle 31 Oakland 41