Notes & Quotes – Another Unbeaten Falls


From Arrowhead Stadium

It’s tough to win in the NFL on any given Sunday. It’s almost impossible to go through an entire season without a loss.

The Green Bay Packers learned that on Sunday as they suffered their first loss of the 2011 season, falling to the Chiefs 19-14.

“We always viewed the undefeated season as really, just gravy,” said Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. “The goal was to get the home-field advantage and win the Super Bowl. That’s what we discussed as a football team. We were fortunate enough to be in the position to possibly achieve the undefeated season.”

Now, the Packers will try to secure home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs when they host the Chicago Bears on Christmas night at Lambeau Field. It didn’t end up happening against the Chiefs because the Packers got out played and made too many mistakes.

“We did not improve as a football team today,” McCarthy said. “It’s been quite some time since I’ve had to address the team in this fashion, but we didn’t get better.”

MEDICAL MATTERS

The Packers had injury problems coming into the game and they took a few leaving Arrowhead, including losing backup OT Derek Sherrod for the rest of these season with a broken right leg.

Sherrod was in the game replacing starting RT Bryan Bulaga, who left in the first half because of a left knee injury. Bulaga did not return.

The Chiefs appeared to come through the game without any serious injury issues.

BOWE STARTS GAME ON THE BENCH

The game was six minutes old and the Chiefs offense had been on the field the entire time before WR Dwayne Bowe got his first play. He was in on a goal-line play as a blocker. The starters at wide receiver were Steve Breaston and Terrance Copper.

Why didn’t Bowe start?

“Dwayne Bowe had a medical situation with his family that he felt like he needed to attend too and he didn’t follow the proper procedures or protocol in getting that done, so I told him I wasn’t going to start him,” said Romeo Crennel.

Bowe ended up with four catches for 49 yards.

ATMOSPHERE REPORT

The crowd was about 50-50 between Chiefs fans and Packers fans. At times, the Cheese Heads were much louder than the home folks. But at other times, the locals made their presence known.

The Chiefs announced paid attendance of 74,093, the biggest home sale of the season.

SPECIAL TEAMS REPORT

Ryan Succop – With four more FGs, that’s 21 in a row for Succop (see sidebar story). Four of his five kickoffs went into the end zone with only one brought out. After those five kickoffs, the average starting position for the Packers was their 21-yard line.

Dustin Colquitt – He only had to punt two times in the afternoon, hitting one for 54 yards and another for 45 yards. That was a 49.5-yard gross and net average as the Packers did not return a punt.

Javier Arenas – Still not close to breaking one for a TD, as he took back three punts for an average of 12 yards a return, with a long return of 17 yards.

Dexter McCluster – He returned one kickoff for 22 yards.

Coverage – Tackles went to LB Cory Greenwood, CB Jalil Brown, WR Jeremy Horne and RB Jackie Battle.

Mistakes – The special teams picked up five penalties, the worst a 15-yard roughing the punter call against Horne. They also gave Green Bay a second chance at a FG when they were hit with a 12-men on the field penalty. They also had to take a timeout when they had only 10 men on the field for a punt return.

ZEBRA REPORT

Referee Gene Steratore and his crew handled the game with little in the way of controversy. Coming into the game, this group was averaging 11 penalties walked off for 89 yards over 13 games. They finished right at their average, with 12 penalties for 90 yards. They got the Chiefs seven times for 55 yards with one declined.

Flag

Offender Penalty

Yards

1.

J. Horne Rough punter

Minus-15

2.

W. Gilberry Encroachment

Minus-5

3.

FG Defense 12 on field

Minus-5

4.

J. Brown Holding-p.ret

Minus-10

5.

S. Piscitelli Illegal block

Declined

6.

S. Piscitelli Holding-k.ret

Minus-10

7.

Offense Illegal shift

Minus-5

8.

B. Albert False start

Minus-5

In the third quarter, Romeo Crennel wasted a timeout on a replay challenge of a potential interception by CB Brandon Carr. Replay showed without question that Carr only got one foot down in the end zone in making the catch. The call of incomplete pass was upheld.

McCarthy was unhappy with two early offensive pass interference calls against WR Jordy Nelson.

“I would say that’s uncommon,” McCarthy said. “I did not see the replay on either one, so it’s hard for me to comment. We pushed the ball up the field and they were playing man-to-man. They got the calls there.”

PERSONNEL FILE

Inactive players for the Chiefs were QB Tyler Palko, SS Jon McGraw, OT David Mims, WR Jerheme Urban, TE Jake O’Connell, DE Brandon Bair and DT Jerrell Powe.

McGraw was the only inactive player due to an injury (high ankle sprain). Replacing him in the starting lineup was Reshard Langford. Rookie QB Ricky Stanzi was the only Chiefs player who did not get on the field.

Inactive players for the Packers were QB Graham Harrell, RB Brandon Saine, RB James Starks, LB Desmond Bishop, OT Chad Clifton, DE Ryan Pickett and WR Greg Jennings.

Bishop, Pickett and Jennings were out of the starting lineup, replaced by LB D.J. Smith, DE Howard Green and WR Jordy Nelson.

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