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Packers vs. Chiefs Recap: Tim Boyle struggles after halftime in Green Bay’s 33-21 loss

After a good first half, the Packers’ reserves, including their QB3, struggled after halftime in a loss to close out the preseason.

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The Green Bay Packers’ preseason finale had a few exciting moments for the team in the first half, but after halftime it looked like the team was as disinterested in the game as the average football fan. Despite holding a 21-10 lead in the second quarter, the Packers let the Kansas City Chiefs whittle away at that advantage in the second and third quarters as Tim Boyle turned back into a pumpkin and threw a pair of interceptions.

All told, the Packers failed to score after halftime, dropping a 33-21 decision and finishing 2-2 in the preseason. DeShone Kizer played two series, throwing one interception and one touchdown before giving way to Boyle. The undrafted rookie was impressive early, leading two straight touchdown drives, but struggled down the stretch and finished with 127 passing yards, one touchdown, and a pair of interceptions.

Here’s a look at how it happened.

First Quarter

Aaron Jones looked shifty and strong early, giving the Packers a solid running attack for the first time all preseason and contributing as a receiver, but the quarter was dominated by quarterback play.

Deshone Kizer started off terribly, airmailing an interception to Armani Watts, putting the Chiefs in great field position. Kizer actually made the correct read on the play as Lance Kendricks was wide open, he just made an awful throw. Kansas City was able to cash in quickly as the enormous tight end and former UW-Milwaukee Panther basketball player Demetrius Harris was able to post up Packer safety Jermaine Whitehead for a short touchdown.

Kizer would rally on the subsequent drive, dinking and dunking his way down the field and picking up a key first down on a 10-yard scramble. The drive temporarily stalled out at the Chiefs 31-yard line, but McCarthy opted to go for it on 4th and 1, and Kizer rewarded him with a beautiful touchdown pass to Geronimo Allison, tying the game. Kizer also had another receiver wide open at the top of the formation a play earlier that would have made for an even easier score, but the throw he made was one of his best of the preseason.

The Chiefs would move the ball on their next drive, but before the quarter ended rookie corner Jaire Alexander made his presence felt by stoning DeAnthony Thomas for a three yard loss.

Second Quarter

The Packers would open the quarter by holding the Chiefs to a Harrison Butker field goal and Kizer’s day would be done. Tim Boyle would get to work immediately, hitting Robert Tonyan and Marquez Valdes-Scandling for big gains. Boyle had a few issues as the team approached the goal line, and Equanimeous St. Brown broke up what could have been a devastating interception when Boyle should have just thrown it away. On 4th and 1, Boyle found Tonyan again for a touchdown, capping off an extremely impressive drive.

The Packer defense would generate consistent pressure on the next drive, and a nice pass breakup by Greer Martini would force a punt. Trevor Davis would cough up the ball on the punt return, but the Packers would recover.

Boyle would continue slinging it deep, nearly missing on a few bombs before St. Brown drew a huge pass interference penalty to get the Packers back into the end zone. Boyle‘s arm strength is not in doubt, and his ability to make good long throws and good decisions to this point was a pleasant surprise. Aaron Jones would take the ball to the one yard line and punch it in on the next play to give the Packers a 10-point lead.

The Chiefs would take over with about three and a half minutes relating, and Matt McGloin would immediately answer, airing out a 62-yard bomb to Byron Pringle. Pringle beat Josh Hawkins on the play, and Hawkins never had a shot. Darrel Williams would beat Greer Martini for the 7-yard touchdown, drawing the Chiefs to within 4 and bringing the clock to the 2-minute warning.

The rookie wideouts would struggle in the 2-minute drill as St. Brown would fail to keep his feet in on the sideline, and J’Mon Moore would suffer yet another terrible drop. Boyle forced the ball on 3rd down, and JK Scott was called on to punt, booming a 47-yarder and giving the Chiefs their own 2-minute drill practice.

Fortunately, Hawkins and Demetri Goodson played some tight coverage and Montravius Adams provided decent pressure, forcing a punt and giving Boyle the ball back with a minute to go. Unfortunately the Packers couldn’t do anything with it, and JK Scott would hit a high hanger, giving the Chiefs just 22 seconds from their own territory. The half would end on a Herb Waters interception of McGloin’s Hail Mary, and the Packers would take a 21-17 lead into the locker room.

Third Quarter

The Chiefs opened with a short field goal drive highlighted mostly by the inaccuracy of new Kansas City quarterback Chase Litton. Butker would knock it through from 38 to bring the Chiefs within one. The Packers went three-and-out, and Byron Pringle struck again, catching yet another impressive bomb against the Packer secondary. That led to yet another Butker field goal, and the Chiefs would take the lead.

Boyle would then make his worst throw of the night with four minutes left in the third quarter. On 2nd and 10 he attempted to air one out to tight end Emanuel Byrd, but he never set himself and didn’t step into the throw, floating it into coverage. Armani Watts made an easy pick, and the Chiefs would make the Packers pay as Litton hit Jordan Smallwood on a ridiculous lame duck that Donatello Brown was unable to get back to. Butker hit yet another field goal as the final quarter of preseason began.

Fourth Quarter

Two minutes into the quarter, Boyle was picked again while targeting DeAngelo Yancey. To add insult to injury, former Packer Makinton Dorleant took this one back for a touchdown, and the Chiefs extended their lead to 33-21.

Boyle was an erratic mess in the fourth quarter. His mechanics and pocket presence have been solid all preseason, and he started the game with the same courage in the face of the rush, but as the game went on he started bailing out on his throws. The fourth quarter was the culmination of the decline of his mechanics. He simply couldn’t deliver to his receivers and made several poor decisions. On the penultimate drive of the quarter, Boyle let his eyes fall almost immediately and ended up eaten alive by the pass rush. The Chiefs were content to kill clock for the majority of the finale, and it would end 33-21 after several boring runs by 5th string nobodies.

The starters were generally fine, and preseason darlings Robert Tonyan and Marquez Valdes-Scantling stood out, but the other rookie wide receivers — J’Mon Moore in particular — disappointed. The depth in the secondary unsurprisingly remains questionable as well. In the last preseason game you look for the down-roster players to win jobs. Tonight, it’s likely that far more players lost jobs than won them.