GREEN BAY, Wis. — The starters saw limited action, but the Green Bay Packers showed plenty of depth in their 24-3 preseason victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.
An encouraging 10-play 35-yard drive to open the game resulted in a 54-yard missed field goal by Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop. On their next possession, the Chiefs embarked on a 12-play 86-yard drive, but they had to settle for a 26-yard field goal.
Carrying a 3-0 lead into the second quarter, the Chiefs marched down to the Green Bay five yard line before disaster struck. Quarterback Brady Quinn threw an interception to cornerback Sam Shields in the end zone.
From that moment on, it was all Packers. Green Bay’s next three possessions resulted in three consecutive touchdowns. QB Graham Harrell looked like a rock star, completing 13 of 15 passes for 223 yards and two TD’s. Running back Alex Green rushed for a TD, and caught a TD.
Chiefs QB Matt Cassel played one series, and went 1-1 for 9 yards.
The backup QB’s didn’t fare so well. Quinn finished 6-12 for 83 yards with an interception. QB Ricky Stanzi finished 4-7 for 25 yards, and You Tube sensation Alex Tanney went 0-1. The Chiefs were sacked three times for a loss of 22 yards.
RB Peyton Hillis was at least one positive for the Chiefs, finishing with 6 carries for 46 yards. Special teams also had a decent night in the kick return department, returning four kicks for a total of 151 yards.
Kansas City finished the preseason with a 1-3 record, but they also set a new record for futility in the process. The Chiefs allowed a total 116 points this preseason, the most ever allowed in one preseason in the history of the franchise.
Many questions linger as the Chiefs gear up for their regular season opener against the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.