Green Bay Packers: 5 Keys to Loss Against Kansas City Chiefs
The Green Bay giant has finally been taken down.
Along with it are victorious cries for triumph and disheartened cries of anguish.
Despite the fact that the team has continued to stress that a perfect season was not an ultimate goal, teammates expressed disappointment and frustration during postgame interviews.
Taking a look back, here's what Green Bay was not able to overcome.
A Perfect Plan
Kansas City may have gone into the game as the underdog at only 5-8, but that didn't deter them from wanting to be the David for Green Bay's Goliath-like season.
With a reputation to secure, newly assigned head coach Romeo Crennel came in with his team ready to execute what would soon be a triumphant victory.
Strategizing to keep quarterback Aaron Rodgers off of the field and to allow him as little playing time as possible, they put into play the methods to take down the Packers.
Finishing with 12 minutes less total possession time than the Chiefs, Green Bay was held in near perfect fashion, hardly being given an opportunity to execute their own plays.
Green Bay's loss of players is beginning to accumulate.
The possibility of a repeat of last year is beginning to look more and more like a possibility.
Sunday's game versus the Kansas City Chiefs was a solemn look at what could be a continuous struggle for the formerly undefeated Superbowl Champions.
With playmakers such as Greg Jennings, Desmond Bishop and Chad Clifton out, we're unsure on the significance of their loss.
We are aware that one player can make or break a game despite the fact that it is a team effort.
Green Bay was sloppy throughout the entire game in Week 15. What difference could Jennings have made?
Aaron Rodgers' quarterback performance has slowly declined over the last three weeks.
Three weeks ago, he was sacked twice. Two weeks ago, it was three times. This week, he went down for four.
His QB rating has declined from 106.2 down to this week's 80.1.
Passing yards is down significantly, too, as well as his pass completion percentage.
The reasons for this are multifaceted.
You can't necessarily peg Rogers for dropped balls by Jordy Nelson, even if his rate is affected in the end. It's also logical his yards are down in light of less possession time.
Despite this, Rodgers has not been performing at the elite quarterback status that we have grown accustomed to. If the Pack expects to make it to the Super Bowl, they need to get their act together.
As Kansas City clearly showed them, all it takes is one game to take them out.
If this happened during the playoffs, Green Bay would be out.
Hindsight is always 20/20.
Cute little cliche.
Unfortunately in this case, its truth stings.
A few minutes into the fourth quarter, Coach McCarthy missed an opportunity to challenge a call which should and likely would have given the Pack possession after a fumble and a touchback.
Instead, the play was overlooked, and Kansas City continued for a first down and subsequent field goal.
The difference that would have made is unclear, but in light of the close final score of 14-19, the removed field goal from Kansas City and added possession time for the Pack could have made all the difference.
I guess we'll never know.
Green Bay played so poorly it's nearly impossible to put a finger on specific reasons why they suffered their first loss.
Chalk it up to missing teammates, blown calls, a well-planned defense—whatever. Truth be told, the Packers did not bring their A-game.
It was chaos out there.
At the end of the day, it was a poor execution of what we know is a talented team.
Balls were dropped, throws were off and the team played like they didn't know what hit them.
All we can hope is that they don't play like this in the playoffs and bring elimination upon themselves. I'd like to see the Packers fight it out for the championship—they've earned the right to try for it.
I'd hate to see them eliminated by an underdog for having a bad week.