Packer fans are undoubtedly upset and frustrated over how the Week 15 Green Bay Packers versus Kansas City Chiefs game played out.
This was not all of course due to the way that the plays were executed, or perhaps, missed. What is the most disturbing to some is the way in which the Chiefs kneeled away the final 1:34 of the game rather than allow athletic talent and true sportsmanship to determine the game.
Granted, it is easy to see how the Chiefs would want this notch for their belt. Going into this game at a mere 5-8, Kansas City had strategized and prepared diligently for this meeting. What coach wouldn’t want the bragging rights to having stomped down the undefeated Green Bay Packers?
Considering this was the first time newly-assigned (and possibly temporary) head coach Romeo Crennel led the team, it would be a great way to show off his chance at the spot light.
Burn up as much play time as possible; keep Rodgers off the field.
And that’s exactly what they did. So good in fact, it almost appeared to be a sneaky, thieving attempt and not a genuine match of prowess.
Is kneeling to win a game ok?
With only a mere 23:49 of play time compared to Kansas City’s 36:11, we see that the ploy worked. The Chiefs were scared to face Green Bay, so why would they want to play neck and neck to a team they couldn’t hold a candle to? It’s a good thing they didn’t actually pit talent against talent, they wouldn’t have been able to hold their own.
Despite being toyed with, the Pack retained a 100 percent red-zone efficiency, no wonder they didn’t want Rodgers in the game. The Chiefs red-zone talent? A mere 20 percent.
We see why there was such a push for field goals by Kansas City now.
Despite the gloating words of a prideful Kyle Orton, Kansas City did not play better during that game. They guerrilla warfared their way into a win.
The aforementioned final minute-and-a-half of the game is the prime example of this. Afraid of a comeback by an invigorated and rallied Green Bay Packer team, Orton kneeled the final few plays of the game, essentially burning up any remaining hope.
Games are won and lost in the final two minutes of the game. True grit and fervor is displayed in the final moments of thrilling and important game. What Kansas City did was rob the Packers of an ongoing franchise record by refusing to even allow them the chance to earn it.
Add to the fact that the Chiefs did this right after a miscalled touchback moments earlier which would have placed the ball with Green Bay, and we may even hope they feel ashamed of themselves.
If Kansas City wanted that win that bad, so bad they wouldn’t even allow a fair and even matchup, then let them have it. Rodgers demonstrated clearly the pride and maturity of his team by congratulating a wet and sticky Crennel after the game.
Green Bay will continue to win in a dignified fashion and as a team which is known for their true athletic talent, not by earning a reputation for ploys.