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Orton Outplays Rodgers; Crennel Victorious In Debut 19-14 over Perfect Packers

Forget the disappointing season, all the injuries, and the changes at quarterback and head coach; denying a chance for perfection feels good.

The Green Bay Packers’ perfect season came to a shocking end against the reeling Kansas City Chiefs, who had just fired their coach and were starting a new quarterback.

Kyle Orton threw for 299 yards to outperform Aaron Rodgers, and the Chiefs rallied behind interim coach Romeo Crennel for a eye-opening 19-14 win on Sunday that discontinued the Packers’ 19-game winning streak.

It was the Packers first loss since Dec. 19, 2010, at New England.

Ryan Succop kicked four field goals for Kansas City (6-8), which had lost five of its last six games and fired coach Todd Haley last Monday.

Jackie Battle added a short touchdown run with 4:53 left in the game, points that came in handy when Rodgers led one last scoring drive.

Even after a Rodgers-to-Donald Driver scoring hookup, the Chiefs responded when Orton hit Leonard Pope for a career-long 38-yard catch.

Rookie wide receiver Jon Baldwin added a 17-yard grab to set up Succop’s 46-yard, go-ahead field goal to put the Guys in Red up 9-7.

It was a drive that perfectly summed up the Chiefs day in coach Crennel’s debut – resilient.


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