GREEN BAY — The Packers scored every time they touched the ball until the final two minutes of the first half, taking a 20-7 lead at halftime against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.
The Packers added to their lead early in the quarter with a 29-yard FG by K Mason Crosby, capping a 10-play drive. Four runs by RB DuJuan Harris picked up 26 yards, and QB Matt Flynn hit WR Davante Adams for 17 yards to make it first-and-goal on the 5.
But Harris was then swallowed up for a 6-yard loss and two incomplete passes later, the Packers had to settle for Crosby’s kick with 13:26 left in the half.
Scott Tolzien took over for Flynn at QB on the Packers’ next possession and directed a 59-yard touchdown drive. He began it by hitting WR Myles White for 11 yards, and finished it with a 33-yard TD pass to rookie WR Jeff Janis on fourth-and-3.
As with Flynn’s field goal drive, a third-down defensive penalty on the Chiefs kept the drive alive, as Kansas City struggled with flags the entire first half.
On the second play of the Chiefs’ ensuing drive, Packers CB Jarrett Bush jumped a slant route and intercepted QB Tyler Bray’s pass at the Kansas City 41.
The offense quickly turned that into another three points, as RB LaDarius Perkins carried three times for 17 yards, but Tolzien barely overthrew WR Kevin Dorsey deep, leading to a 42-yard FG by Crosby. That made it 20-0 with 5:11 left in the half.
The Chiefs finally made some noise with a 49-yard kickoff return by Frankie Hammond Jr., and a diving catch for a 45-yard gain by WR A.J. Jenkins, making it first-and-goal. Bray’s 2-yard TD pass to TE Richard Gordon pulled the Chiefs within 20-7 with 3:21 left in the half.
After the Packers’ first scoreless possession of the game, the Chiefs drove to the Green Bay 40-yard line, but Bray’s pass on fourth-and-6 went off the hands of TE Demetrius Harris.
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