Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce catches a pass as Green Bay Packers cornerback Chandon Sullivan defends during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021 (November 8 in Manila) in Kansas City, Missouri. AP PHOTO
LOS ANGELES: Patrick Mahomes passed for 166 yards and a touchdown as the Kansas City Chiefs outlasted the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers 13-7 on Sunday (Monday in Manila), snapping Green Bay’s seven-game win streak.
The reigning NFC champion Chiefs took advantage of quarterback Rodgers being sidelined with Covid-19 to also hand the Packers just their second loss of the season.
“I thought our defense did a nice job. We didn’t hold back,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “Guys played hard and aggressive, and you’ve seen things happen when teams are favored. You have to bear down every week the best way you can.”
The loss of Rodgers — who also made several debilitated excuses for not getting vaccinated, including portraying himself as a victim of a “woke mob” — proved to be too much for the Packers.
Mahomes overcame a slow start and got support from his teammates, including Darrel Williams, who rushed for 70 yards on 19 carries, and Travis Kelce, who caught a first-quarter touchdown.
“I feel like we’re close,” Mahomes said. “You can see drives here and there where we’re the team everybody knows and loves, but you have to consistently do that throughout every single drive in a game. We’re just not executing.”
Jordan Love, who struggled in his first NFL start against the Chiefs pass rush, passed for 190 yards, going 19 of 34 as Green Bay went just two-for-12 on third-down plays.
“This falls on me,” said Packers coach Matt LaFleur.
The Chiefs improved to 5-4 on the season.
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