Why Loss to Chiefs Only Fuels Green Bay Packers' Quest for a Repeat

Kraig LundbergAnalyst IIIDecember 18, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 18:   Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers runs the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Kansas CIty, Missouri.  The Chiefs defeated the Packers 19-14.   (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers lost for the first time in almost a year on Sunday, dropping a road game to the Kansas City Chiefs, 19-14.

The Packers' perfect season was ruined in the loss, and the deflating nature of it could cause the Packers to throw in the towel and quit on the season.

Despite the loss, however, the Packers will only be more motivated to be repeat Super Bowl champs.

The Chiefs exposed the fact that the Packers are not perfect. Aaron Rodgers had an uncharacteristically inaccurate day, completing just 17 of his 35 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown. Kansas City's defense held Green Bay's explosive offense in check all day, and the Packers failed to create a single turnover.

Some teams would be discouraged by such a game, but you can bet the Packers will come out on fire in practice this week. They may not have a chance to make history as an undefeated team, but they can still win the Super Bowl for the second year in a row and how many teams can say they have done that?

The Packers go as Aaron Rodgers goes, and Rodgers is a resilient player, which was shown last year in their remarkable playoff run as a sixth-seed wild-card team.

One thing that the Packers may want to think about, now that they have lost, is resting Rodgers for the final two games. They should be able to finish 14-2 even without Rodgers, and an injury to their starter heading into the playoffs would be devastating.

With that said, the philosophy of resting starters has backfired on teams before.

Either way, now that the pressure to be perfect is off, the Packers should be fueled heading into the playoffs. They'll have a great shot at making another Super Bowl run.