The Packers got a mixed performance from DeShone Kizer early on. The newly-crowned backup quarterback threw an ugly interception on his first series, air-mailing a throw to Lance Kendricks under pressure. However, he bounced back, throwing a perfect 31-yard touchdown pass to Geronimo Allison on his next series.
The Packers’ defense had trouble covering the Chiefs’ tight ends in this game, particularly on the first Kansas City drive of the game. After Kizer’s pick, Chad Henne picked on the Packers’ safeties and linebacker, Jermaine Whitehead in particular. Demetrius Harris caught a touchdown with Whitehead in coverage to take an early lead before Allison’s score tied the game.
After a Chiefs field goal gave them a 10-7 lead, Tim Boyle led a touchdown drive on his first series to take it back for the Packers. Boyle completed five of eight passes for 59 yards, including conversions on third and long and fourth-and-goal from the one. The second of those was a touchdown pass to Robert Tonyan over the middle to put the Packers ahead 14-10. Another set of fearless downfield throws from Boyle set up an Aaron Jones touchdown run for a 21-10 lead before the Chiefs struck back with a deep ball to set up a score of their own to pull to within 21-17 before the half.
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