Preseason Ends With Loss To Chiefs

With Aaron Rodgers getting the night off, No. 2 quarterback Matt Flynn played into the fourth quarter. The Packers had two chances to drive to the win in the final minutes but failed both times.

With Aaron Rodgers, Charles Woodson and a few other key starters getting the night off, the Green Bay Packers ended the preseason with a 17-13 loss at Kanas City on Thursday night.

With that out of the way, general manager Ted Thompson, coach Mike McCarthy and the personnel and coaching staffs must reduce the 75-man roster to 53 players by 3 p.m. (Central) on Saturday.

The regular season kicks off on Sept. 12 at Philadelphia.

"We're ready. We have no choice. We're ready," coach Mike McCarthy said.

If this were a regular-season game and if the core players had been in the lineup, these stats would give McCarthy pause: 4-of-15 on third down, 0-of-4 on fourth down and 1-of-4 in the red zone. The 433 yards equated to one touchdown and two field goals.

With a few exceptions, the Packers' starters played only one series. The No. 1 offense, with Matt Flynn at the helm, went three-and-out and the No. 1 defense held after the special teams allowed a 46-yard punt return.

Green Bay trailed 14-0 with 3:46 remaining in the first half, with the offense going three-and-out on all four of its first-quarter possessions. But Flynn's 30-yard completion to Patrick Williams on third-and-11 set up a field goal just before halftime. The Packers then pulled within 14-10 early in the third quarter, thanks to Flynn's 77-yard strike to a wide-open Brett Swain and Kregg Lumpkin's 1-yard dive into the end zone.

The Packers had a shot to win the game. After Mason Crosby's 41-yard field goal pulled them within 17-13, his perfect onside kick sent the offense back onto the field from its 44-yard line. But on third-and-8 from the Chiefs' 21, third quarterback Graham Harrell threw low to tight end Tom Crabtree and on fourth down he threw behind fullback John Kuhn.

The Packers got a final shot, starting from its 30 with 1:53 to go. The drive was jump-started with Harrell's 21-yard completion to Charles Dillon, but on fourth-and-2 from the Chiefs' 29, Dillon dropped a well-thrown slant.


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