KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs’ defense made several blitzes at the expense of quarterback Jordan Love and the Kansas City roster did enough to defeat the Green Bay Packers 13-7 on Sunday.
Love was on his first NFL career start, replacing Aaron Rodgers, who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.
Love had 19 of his 34 passes for gains of 190 yards. He threw a touchdown pass and an interception, both of which came in the fourth quarter, as the Packers (7-2) tried to clear a 13-0 delay.
Love joined Allen Lazard in the end zone with 4:49 remaining in the fourth quarter, but Patrick Mahomes threw a pass to Tyreek Hill to win an important first down and thus allow the Chiefs to pass the last. minutes.
Mahomes only threw one touchdown pass and had just 166 aerial yards for the Chiefs (5-4), who have won three of their last four outings. Travis Kelce caught five balls for gains of 68 yards and a major.
The Chiefs only got 237 yards of attack that game. The Packers, who had won their last seven games, were no more dominant, totaling just 301 yards.
The Green Bay team have seen their record slip to 6-12-1 since 2008 when they were deprived of Rodgers, the MVP of the last season.
It was the special teams that made the difference in the first half. Packers kicker Mason Crosby missed a 40-yard field goal in the first quarter and saw his 37-yard run blocked in the second period.
At some point in the first half, the Packers cleared the ball and one of their players accidentally touched the ball with a toe, allowing the Chiefs to retrieve it. Early in the second half, Amari Rodgers dropped the ball on a Chiefs’ clearance, but the Packers recovered.
It was also a difficult game for the referees, who had to stop play several times to adjust the clock time. It probably would have spoiled the pace of the Chiefs ‘and the Packers’ attack, if it got underway.
Herbert shines against the Eagles
Justin Herbert had two touchdown passes and made it to the ground end zone, Dustin Hopkins signed the winning kick and the Los Angeles Chargers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-24.
Hopkins punted 29 yards with two seconds left.
Herbert had 356 yards over the air, in addition to an eight-yard breakthrough in the pay zone.
On a fourth down and one yard from the opponent’s 28 line, he pulled off a sneak with 1:45 on the clock, setting the stage for Hopkins’ placement.
The Chargers (5-3) had lost their last two games.
The Eagles (3-6) remain winless in four home games, led by rookie coach Nick Sirianni.
DeVonta Smith made five catches for 116 yards. Drafted 10th this year, he also had a 122-yard receiving game last month.
Conner takes charge of the Niners
James Conner signed two rushing touchdowns and caught a 45-yard touchdown pass from Colt McCoy, guiding the Arizona Cardinals to a 31-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
The Cards (8-1) played without Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins and AJ Green.
Conner had two touchdown runs in the first quarter and his owns remained in control. He totaled 173 yards; he leads the NFL with 11 touchdowns, all registered in his last seven games.
The Cards will host the Carolina Panthers next Sunday.
San Francisco (3-5) dropped the ball twice in the first half.
In defense, it was not easy against McCoy (22 for 26, 249 yards).
Jimmy Garoppolo did well with 326 yards over the air, including two touchdown passes.
The Niners are 0-4 at home this year.