Rodgers, Jones carry Pack

Joe Zenzola
October 28, 2019 - 12:39 am
© Denny Medley | 2019 Oct 27

© Denny Medley | 2019 Oct 27

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By Daniel Plocher

GREEN BAY-- The Green Bay Packers came out victorious over the Patrick Mahomes-less Kansas City Chiefs thanks to a huge day from the Aaron's- Rodgers and Jones. 

Aaron Rodgers stayed hot in the first quarter of games this season by leading his team down the field for two scores in the opening minutes of the ballgame. 

The opening drive was kick-started by an absurd throw from Rodgers to Jake Kumerow on a crossing route down the field for 34 yards. A few plays later, Aaron Jones reached the promise land on a forward pitch from Rodgers for the Packers first score of the game.

After a couple of quick three-and-outs, and a missed 50-yard field goal by Chiefs' kicker Harrison Butker, Rodgers and the Green Bay offense scored another touchdown on a 4-play, 60-yard drive. The Packers kept it in the air on a screen pass to Aaron Jones who took it all the way down the sideline and scored a touchdown, but it was brought back because his foot touched the white out of bounds line. Two plays later, Jamaal Williams punched it in from a yard away to give the Pack a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter. 

Knowing things could get ugly, the Chiefs had to get things sorted out offensively, and you can never count out Andy Reid and his always-dynamic offense. KC's backup QB Matt Moore ponied up and put together a stunning performance in the games final three quarter. It started imediately after the Packers took a two possesion lead as the Chiefs moved the ball down the field and scored on a beautiful pass from Moore to TE Travis Kelce for a 29-yard touchdown.

The 12-play, 89-yard drive by Kansas City was a smack in the mouth to Green Bay's defense, and a sign of things to come for the remainder of the ballgame. And the Chiefs' defense flipped things up a bit in the second quarter by sending a flurry of blitzes at Aaron Rodgers, throwing off the timing of routes, and earning KC two sacks on the next Green Bay drive. The ball was put right back into Moore's hands after a 4-play drive and a punt from Green Bay.

A quick 5-play, 62-yard drive that resulted with a 30-yard pass from Moore to Mecole Hardman tied the game as the Chief scored on back-to-back possesions in the second quarter.

The offensive line continued to struggle with the blitzes from Kansas City on the next Green Bay drive as another punt was forced. Kansas City put their third big drive in a row together with an 11-play, 74-yard drive that concluded with a Harrison Butker field goal, and 17 unanswered points by Andy Reid and his team as they headed into the half.

The Chiefs got the ball again out of the break, but for the first time since the opening quarter, Green Bay forced a punt on just a 16-yard drive from Kansas City. On the Green Bay possession, they moved the ball all the way down to the Chiefs' 7-yard line, but Rodgers took a bad sack on third-and-goal by holding onto the football for much too long. Mason Crosby came on and hit a 35-yard field goal to tie the game.

On the first play of the ensuing Kansas City drive, LeSean McCoy fumbled the football, and Green Bay caught a break and recovered it. That play changed the course of the game. Green Bay's offense came right back on the field, and so did an exhausted Kansas City defense. It took 5-plays, and 27-yards, and Aaron Rodgers made a play only he could really make:

The touchdown gave the Packers a 24-17 lead at the top of the fourth quarter. Once again in crunch time, with the game slipping through their fingers, the Chiefs put on an impressive drive of 10-plays, 75-yards, and a touchdown. The Green Bay defense shot themselves in the foot as Tramon Williams was called for an illegal hands to the face on a third down incompletion away from the ball inside the redzone. The next play, the Chiefs punched it in with a 3-yard TD run from RB Damien Williams. 

The game, now tied with under 10 minutes to play, was put right back in the hands of Rodgers and the Matt LaFleur offense. One play effectively ended the game, Aaron Jones caught a screen pass from Rodgers and took it to the house from 67-yards out. 

The Packers' defense stepped up and force a punt from the Chiefs, and they took over and milked the final 5:30 off the clock to win 31-24 at Arrowhead Stadium. 

Rodgers finished 23/33 with 305 yards and 3 touchdowns, while his favorite target, Aaron Jones, had 226 yards of total offense in the game helping the team move to 7-1. 

Green Bay maintains a one-game lead over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North standings with the victory.