Chiefs Packers Final Game Notes

Johnnie Morton stepped up in the first half but Priest Holmes took over in overtime. Final game notes and our report card grading the Chiefs performance on Sunday against the Packers.

NOTES, QUOTES, ANECDOTES

WR Johnnie Morton, who was a missing man in catching a mere 29 passes in his entire first season with Kansas City last year, now has 19 receptions for 334 yards -- a 17.6-yard average -- after a 6-109 day with one TD in the 40-34 overtime win over Green Bay. It was Morton's first 100-yard day as a Chief, but it follows a 95-yard day in the win over the Ravens on Sept. 28.

RB Priest Holmes had only 13 carries for 40 yards at the end of regulation in the overtime win over Green Bay. But Kansas City gave him the ball nine straight times to start the OT, and he gashed the Packers for 41 yards in that stretch. Still, Holmes failed to have a 100-yard game for the third straight week, though he did break a two-week scoring drought with one TD at Green Bay. Holmes appears to be healthy, but he fell out of the play-calling when the Chiefs fell behind 31-14 in the third quarter against the Packers.

QB Trent Green had his best day as a Chief with his 400-yard, three-TD passing performance in the come-from-behind win over Green Bay. It was not, however, his best day as a pro. That came in the 2000 season when Green, filling in for Kurt Warner while still recovering himself from his 1999 knee injury that knocked him out of the Rams' Super Bowl campaign, threw for 431 yards in a 27-24 St. Louis loss to Carolina.

T Willie Roaf played gamely while battling gout-related pain in the win over Green Bay. Soreness in his limbs forced Roaf to miss two days of practice, but he was there on Sunday to keep intact the streak of consecutive starts made by the five-man Chiefs offensive line. They've now started 22 straight games together.

TE Tony Gonzalez had his best day in a year with his four-catch, 121-yard, one-touchdown effort in the win over Green Bay. It was Gonzo's first century game since Week Four against Miami last year when he was 7-140 with 3 TDs in a rout of the Dolphins.

KR Dante Hall jokingly suggests that the 80 yards of field position he generated for the Chiefs when Green Bay kicked off out of bounds twice should count towards his return totals. Hall's streak of four games with a return TD was snapped, but he came close to making it five on a first-quarter punt return. This time, however, punter Josh Bidwell saved the day with a shoestring tackle, which caused Hall to get razzed considerably by his teammates. "I did NOT get tackled by the punter," Hall said. "It was the ghost of Vince Lombardi that tripped me."

QUOTE TO NOTE

"At the end, some of the fans were even trying to trash-talk. But that wasn't working. They're, like, too polite up here." -- Tony Gonzalez, after playing his first game at Green Bay's storied Lambeau Field.

REPORT CARD VS. PACKERS

PASSING OFFENSE - A

Trent Green had to come out firing when KC fell behind 14-0 early and 31-14 late. He did what he had to do in hitting 27 of a season-high 45 passes -- the most he's thrown in 2 1/4 seasons with the Chiefs -- for 400 yards and three TDs, including a 51-yard play-fake bomb to Eddie Kennison over Packer reserve Bhawoh Jue for the game-winner in OT. His protection was outstanding on a day when he wasn't sacked. TE Tony Gonzalez says he should have caught at least two more balls thrown his way on a 4-121 day, but at least one was thrown well behind him.

RUSHING OFFENSE - C

Priest Holmes was limited to 23 rushing yards at half and 40 in regulation before breaking loose for 41 yards on nine straight carries in the first overtime possession. Green Bay's eight-in-the-box approach held Holmes in check, but opened the field for WR Johnnie Morton and TE Tony Gonzalez to have big days.

PASS DEFENSE - C-minus

Only Jerome Woods' interception and 71-yard touchdown return that got KC as close as 31-28 in the fourth quarter keeps this from being a D. Brett Favre sliced though the Chiefs' secondary for six straight passes to six different receivers in a first series scoring drive. He was 14 of 17 for 201 yards and two TDs by half, and 25-36 for 272 for the game. KC sacked him three times, with LB Scott Fujita getting two, but never did really rattle him. Even on Woods' pick, Favre threw too high and too hard to Donald Driver, who saw the ball deflect off his hands into those of Woods.

RUSH DEFENSE - C-plus

Again, only Woods' ability to force an Ahman Green fumble at midfield in overtime keeps this grade at just a little less than average. Green ran for 139 yards and a 5.3-yard average. He was the third straight opponent to beat KC for a 100-plus in as many weeks. The Chiefs didn't fare much better against backup Najeh Davenport (6-43) and ended up giving up 183 for the day.

SPECIAL TEAMS - B

Dante Hall didn't score, for a change, but his punt returns of 30 and 32 yards set up touchdown drives of 55 and 42 yards. Green Bay kicked off out of bounds twice, though the KC offense did nothing with the two great drive starts at the 40. Morten Andersen saw a potential game-ending field goal blocked in overtime because he hit it low -- trying to keep it out of the wind, he explained. Coverage teams were good.

Next Week

The Chiefs play the Oakland Raiders next Monday Night in their only ABC appearence of the season.


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