Jordan Love completes 19 of 34 passes for 190 yards, with one touchdown and one interception in his first career start; his first NFL TD comes on a 20-yard toss to Allen Lazard in the fourth quarter; Patrick Mahomes goes 20 of 37 for 166 yards and one TD
Last Updated: 08/11/21 1:27am
The Kansas City Chiefs edged to a sloppy 13-7 win over Green Bay, getting the better of Jordan Love on his first NFL start for the Packers.
Story of the Game
In a low-scoring, error-ridden contest, the Chiefs came out victorious courtesy of 13 first-half points – but this was a Kansas City performance side still very much short of their best form.
The Chiefs, leading the league in giveaways this season – 19 through their first eight games – at least avoided any turnovers, but their usually explosive offense accounted for only 237 yards of total offense, 64 of which came on their opening drive.
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Patrick Mahomes, who completed only 20 of 37 passes for 166 yards, found tight end Travis Kelce for the touchdown to cap a 15-play drive on their first offensive series. But Kansas City would add just two second-quarter field goals to their score for the rest of the game.
As for the Packers, having to do without reigning league MVP Aaron Rodgers following his much-publicised absence to Covid-19, they were understandably rusty on offense in Love’s first career start.
The second-year quarterback went 19 of 34 for 190 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. His first touchdown pass in the NFL, a 20-yarder to Allen Lazard – came with four minutes and 54 seconds left in the contest as Green Bay briefly threatened a late comeback, only for the Chiefs to run out the remainder of the clock.
The Packers will ultimately curse some earlier costly miscues. Mason Crosby missed a 40-yard field goal wide left last in the first quarter, while he had another blocked to end their next series. Also, Love’s interception – a pass intended for Davante Adams, picked off by L’Jarius Sneed – killed a promising fourth-quarter drive that had reached the Kansas City 24-yard line.
Passing: Jordan Love, 19/34, 190 yards, 1 TD, 1 INTRushing: Aaron Jones, 12 carries, 53 yards Receiving: Randall Cobb, three catches, 50 yardsDavante Adams, six catches, 42 yards
Passing: Patrick Mahomes, 20/37, 166 yards, 1 TDRushing: Darrel Williams, 19 carries, 70 yardsReceiving: Travis Kelce, five catches, 68 yards, 1 TD
The Chiefs (5-4) are on the road in Las Vegas next Sunday for an AFC West divisional matchup against the Raiders (5-3).
The Packers (7-2), meanwhile, will hope to have Rodgers back for a meeting at home against the Seattle Seahawks (3-5).
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