After gaining just three yards of offense in the first quarter, the Chiefs found some life. Taking over on their own 39-yard line after the Packers went for it on fourth-and-5 and threw incomplete, the Chiefs wasted no time. A 38-yard pass from QB Alex Smith to TE Travis Kelce, plus an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Packers CB Casey Hayward, moved the ball all the way to the Green Bay 9-yard line. Two plays later, RB Jamaal Charles powered into the end zone to make it 14-7 with 12:02 left in the half.
The Packers responded right away to push the lead back to double digits. A 27-yard catch-and-run by WR Randall Cobb got the Packers across midfield, and a 13-yard run by RB Eddie Lacy got the ball near the red zone. On third-and-2 from the KC 22, QB Aaron Rodgers was hit from behind and fumbled the ball, with the Chiefs recovering, but CB Marcus Cooper was flagged for illegal contact downfield, wiping out the turnover and giving the ball back to Green Bay.
The Packers didn’t fully take advantage, though, as WR Ty Montgomery was called for offensive pass interference on a wide-receiver screen that Cobb caught and took into the end zone. An ensuing third-down sack brought on K Mason Crosby for a 44-yard FG. That made it 17-7 with 6:15 left in the half.
The Chiefs went three-and-out for the fourth time in five drives, giving the Packers one more chance in the half.
An 11-yard scramble by Rodgers picked up one first down, and a 15-yard pass to Cobb earned another, and Rodgers caught the Chiefs with 12 men on the field for the second time in the game to move the chains again. Then, with the Chiefs having jumped offside, Rodgers took advantage of the free play as he so often does, firing a 26-yard TD pass to WR James Jones for a 24-7 lead with 56 ticks left.
It was Jones’ fourth TD reception of the season in three games. It was Rodgers’ third TD pass of the night, and put him over 200 passing yards in the half.
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