News now! Packers score early, often to lead 20-7 at half

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 28, 2014 – 7:37 pm


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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News now! Matt Flynn takes lead in backup battle

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on August 28, 2014 – 6:40 pm


GREEN BAY–Matt Flynn took the first-quarter lead in the battle for the backup quarterback job by marching the No. 2 Packers offense 86 yards in 12 plays, capping the drive with a 22-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Davante Adams. The Packers led the Chiefs, 7-0, after one quarter of play at Lambeau Field in what is each team’s final game of the preseason.

The Chiefs gained two first downs in their opening possession of the game, but quarterback Chase Daniel missed a wide open receiver on third-and-3 and the Chiefs were forced to punt. Jeff Janis fielded the punt and the Packers took possession at their 14-yard line.

Flynn converted a third-and-6 with a 17-yard pass to Richard Rodgers. James Starks then ripped off 9 yards over right tackle and a 9-yard toss to Jarrett Boykin put the ball at the Chiefs 45. Flynn scrambled for a first down at the Chiefs 30 and then found Adams on a crossing route with 5:38 to play in the first quarter.

Eighteen Packers starters did not dress for the game. The Packers open the regular season in Seattle next Thursday. Undrafted rookie free agent Jayrone Elliott registered a sack of Daniel, which would give Elliott the league lead in preseason sacks.





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Packers finish preseason 1-3; turn focus to SF

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on August 29, 2013 – 10:18 pm

Green Bay Packers QB Vince Young fumbles the ball.

KANSAS CITY–The Packers finished the preseason with a 1-3 record following a 30-8 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday night.

Vince Young was the Packers’ starter at quarterback and played most of the game. He completed 14 of 30 passes for 144 yards. The Packers were unable to establish a rushing threat.

Neither Aaron Roders nor nearly all of the Packers’ regular starters played in the game. Their next action will come in San Francisco on Sept. 8, in a long-awaited rematch of last January’s playoff game.

The Chiefs took a 20-8 lead into the fourth quarter, then added a 48-yard field goal by Ryan Succop and a 9-yard touchdown pass from rookie quarterback Tyler Bray to rookie wide receiver Frankie Hammond. Bray was the star of the game, throwing for 169 yards and three touchdowns. Chiefs reserve running back Cyrus Gray ran for 72 yards.

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Chiefs take 20-8 lead into final quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on August 29, 2013 – 9:35 pm


KANSAS CITY–The Packers were down by 14 points heading into the final quarter of Thursday’s preseason finale at Arrowhead Stadium.

Early in the third quarter, Vince Young was sacked and stripped of the ball. The Chiefs recovered at the Packers 42-yard line. Cornerback Brandon Smith, however, killed a promising Chiefs drive by intercepting a Tyler Bray pass at the Packers 3-yard line.

When the Chiefs got the ball back, however, Smith was the victim of a 43-yard Bray to Josh Bellamy bomb that staked the Chiefs to a 20-6 lead with 6:03 to play in the third quarter.

A Tim Masthay punt was downed by Myles White at the Chiefs 2-yard line, and on second down rookie linebacker Sam Barrington shot through the line to tackle Bray for a safety.

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Packers trail Chiefs at halftime

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on August 29, 2013 – 8:35 pm

Green Bay Packers QB Vince Young

KANSAS CITY–The Packers trail the Chiefs, 13-6, at halftime of Thursday’s preseason finale at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Chiefs began a drive, kind of, at their 45. It carried to the Packers 30. Ryan Succop converted a 48-yard field goal to give the Chiefs a 6-3 lead with 8:50 to play in the second quarter.

Vince Young, who re-entered the game at quarterback at the start of the second quarter, pitched a 24-yard completion to Ryan Taylor following the Succop field goal. On third down, Young completed a back-shoulder pass to Jeremy Ross to the Chiefs 29 for a gain of 26 yards. The drive stalled and Mason Crosby’s kick from 45 yards tied the score at 6-6.

Late in the quarter, the Chiefs took over at midfield. In a drive aided by a personal foul against Johnny Jolly, the Chiefs moved into the red zone with Tyler Bray at quarterback. On first and goal from the 8-yard line, Bray threw a touchdown pass in the front-right corner of the end zone to wide receiver Junior Hemingway and the Chiefs had a 13-6 lead.

Young was six of 15 for 77 yards and fourth-round draft choice Johnathan Franklin led the Packers in rushing with 21 yards on six carries.

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McCarthy reacts at halftime of #GBvsKC

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 29, 2013 – 8:34 pm

(on his impression of the team in the first half) “Well, we just told the offense it’s a bump-and-run, man-to-man game. This is great work for our quarterbacks against pressure. We’ve got to extend the play more, whether it’s the run-blocking unit, the pass-protection unit—get after the guys on the perimeter. Defensively, I think we’re doing a heck of a job, particularly keeping them out of the end zone here. We had the one penalty that extended the drive. We’re doing a great job on third down. Special teams is always a challenge in this game and we’ve just got to do a better job keeping our sideline management, making sure we’re coordinating who is in this game.”

(on how it feels to return to Kansas City, the place where he began his career) “It’s always special coming back here. Great place.”

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Packers, Chiefs tied after first quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on August 29, 2013 – 7:45 pm

Green Bay Packers LB Robert Francois makes a tackleKANSAS CITY–The Packers and Chiefs were tied, 3-3, after one listless quarter of action at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday night in the final game of the preseason.

The Packers got off to a fast start when, on the first play of the game, Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel threw a pass into the waiting hands of cornerback Tramon Williams. From the Chiefs 35, the Packers gained only a few yards in three downs and Mason Crosby was quickly confronted by a 48-yard field goal attempt he sailed between the uprights without any difficulty.

The few first-string players that were in the starting lineup for the Packers were quickly gone by the Packers’ second possession of the game, and Young was replaced at quarterback by B.J. Coleman on just the Packers’ third possession of the game. Coleman was quickly intercepted by formers Packers linebacker Frank Zombo, who returned the interception to the Packers 14-yard line.

Daniel was sacked by Johnny Jolly on second down and by blitzing cornerback Micah Hyde on third down, leaving Ryan Succop to boot a 37-yard field goal that tied the game, 3-3.

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Packers-Chiefs scratches

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 29, 2013 – 5:44 pm

The following players have been ruled out for tonight’s Green Bay Packers-Kansas City Chiefs preseason game at Arrowhead Stadium. There could be adjustments to this list before kickoff.

Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
12 QB Aaron Rodgers
24 CB Jarrett Bush
25 CB James Nixon
29 CB Casey Hayward
42 S Morgan Burnett
52 LB Clay Matthews
59 LB Brad Jones
88 TE Jermichael Finley

Kansas City Chiefs

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Packers-Chiefs press box notes

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 29, 2013 – 12:00 pm


* Press box notes written by Packers public relations


– Green Bay (1-2) will take on the Kansas City Chiefs (1-2) tonight at Arrowhead Stadium in the preseason finale.

– It marks the fourth consecutive year (2010-13) that the teams have met in the preseason finale. For eight straight seasons (2002-09) before that, the Packers squared off with the Tennessee Titans in the final preseason contest each year.

– The teams have met 14 times before in the preseason, with Green Bay holding a 7-6-1 advantage. The Packers hosted the Chiefs in the preseason finale each of the last two seasons and last visited Kansas City in the final preseason contest in 2010. Green Bay has won the last two preseason meetings with the Chiefs.

– The first preseason contest between the clubs came in 1972 at Milwaukee County Stadium. The preseason series includes a 1998 meeting in Tokyo, Japan, and a 2003 meeting in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, that was called with 5:49 remaining in the third quarter due to heavy rain and lightning.

– For Head Coach Mike McCarthy, it is a matchup against the team where his NFL coaching career started. McCarthy spent six seasons on the Chiefs’ staff (1993-98), the first two as an offensive assistant/quality control coach and the final four as the quarterbacks coach. Tonight will be the sixth time McCarthy has coached against Kansas City since taking over as head coach of Green Bay in 2006 (two regular-season games, fourth preseason matchup).

– Ironically, McCarthy’s very first game as an NFL coach was a preseason contest between the Chiefs and the Packers on Aug. 7, 1993, at Milwaukee County Stadium. Kansas City won, 29-21.

– The first meeting between the clubs was undoubtedly the most memorable game in the series. In January 1967, NFL champion Green Bay met AFL champion Kansas City in Los Angeles in the first-ever Super Bowl, won by the Packers, 35-10.

– Green Bay enters tonight’s contest having won three of its last four road games in the preseason.


– The first meeting between the teams came in January 1967 when the NFL champion Packers met the AFL champion Chiefs in the first-ever Super Bowl, won by the Packers, 35-10.

– Kansas City has had the upper hand in the series ever since. The Chiefs have the second-highest winning percentage against the Packers (7-2-1, .750) among NFL teams. Only the Dolphins (10-3-0, .769) have a better regular-season record against Green Bay.

– When the Packers visited Kansas City in 2007, it was their first trip there since 1996, and they broke a five-game losing streak to the Chiefs by winning 33-22.


– Aug. 30, 2012, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 24-3.

– QB Graham Harrell completed 13 of 15 passes for 223 yards and two TDs for a perfect 158.3 passer rating.

– Harrell found RB Alex Green for a 17-yard TD pass just before halftime and then connected with WR Jarrett Boykin (five catches, 82 yards) for a 12-yard score early in the third quarter. Green also scored on a 2-yard run in the first quarter.

– CB Sam Shields posted an interception and the Green Bay defense limited the Chiefs to 95 net passing yards on the evening.


Important dates to remember (all times CDT):

Saturday, Aug. 31 – Roster reduction to a maximum of 53 players by 5 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 1 – After 11 a.m., clubs may establish a practice squad of eight players

Sunday, Sept. 8 – Regular-season opener at San Francisco 49ers, 3:25 p.m.


Packers head coach Mike McCarthy began his NFL coaching career in Kansas City, first as quality control/offensive assistant (1993-94) and later as quarterbacks coach (1995-98)…Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements served as the quarterbacks coach in Kansas City (2000) and also played quarterback for the Chiefs in 1980…Chiefs general manager John Dorsey served as Green Bay’s director of college scouting from 2000-11 and as director-football operations in 2012. He also played for the Packers from 1984-88 and worked in scouting from 1991-98…Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was on Green Bay’s coaching staff from 1992-98, serving as the tight ends/asst. offensive line coach from 1992-96 and the quarterbacks coach from 1997-98…Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson is a former Packers QB who backed up Brett Favre from 1996-98 and 2001-04…Chiefs defensive assistant/secondary coach Al Harris played CB for the Packers for seven seasons (2003-09)…Chiefs strength and conditioning coach Barry Rubin spent 11 seasons (1995-2005) on Green Bay’s coaching staff…Chiefs LB Frank Zombo signed with Green Bay as a non-drafted free agent in 2010 and played in 25 games with the Packers from 2010-12…Chiefs LS Thomas Gafford was with the Packers during 2006 training camp and the 2008 offseason…Chiefs DT Anthony Toribio played in one game for the Packers in ’09 and spent parts of 2008-09 on Green Bay’s practice squad…Chiefs OL Tommie Draheim was with the Packers during the 2012 preseason…Chiefs DE Austen Lane is from Iola, Wis. …Chiefs TE Demetrius Harris played basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee…Chiefs spread game analyst/special projects Brad Childress coached on the staff at the University of Wisconsin from 1991-98…Packers VP of football administration/player finance Russ Ball began his NFL career with the Chiefs and went on to work 10 seasons there (1989-98), the first eight as an assistant strength and conditioning coach and the final two in football operations…Ball played center at Central Missouri St. when Chiefs defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas was on the staff there…Thomas was Green Bay’s defensive coordinator in 1999, when McCarthy was the QB coach for the Packers…Thomas also coached in Atlanta with Packers secondary-cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. …Chiefs QB Alex Smith played for the 49ers in 2005 when McCarthy was San Francisco’s offensive coordinator…Packers QB Vince Young played for the Eagles in 2011 when Reid was the head coach in Philadelphia…Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot and Chiefs offensive line coach Andy Heck played on the offensive line together in Chicago from 1994-96…Packers VP of sales and marketing Tim Connolly spent seven seasons with the Chiefs (1989-95) as executive VP and chief operating officer…Packers assistant director of pro personnel Tim Terry (1999) and director of player development Rob Davis (1996) went to training camp as players with the Chiefs…Packers director of college scouting Brian Gutekunst worked for the Chiefs as a scouting assistant in 1998…Packers WR Jordy Nelson played at Kansas State and is a native of Manhattan, Kan.


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.

– Tonight’s captains will be G Josh Sitton (offense), DT Ryan Pickett (defense) and TE D.J. Williams (special teams).



Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee Walt Coleman (65), umpire Roy Ellison (81), head linesman Jerry Bergman (91), line judge Rusty Baynes (59), field judge Greg Gautreaux (80), side judge Rick Patterson (15) and back judge Greg Yette (38).

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Statement from Packers GM Ted Thompson on John Dorsey

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 14, 2013 – 2:33 pm

John Dorsey

“I would like to thank John Dorsey for his 27 years of service to the Green Bay Packers. First as a player, and later as a member of the personnel department, John has been a loyal member of the Packers family and the Green Bay community for more than half of his life. The Chiefs have hired a good man and John has earned this opportunity. We wish John and his family all the best.”

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