The Green Bay Packers upset the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-19, and quarterback Jordan Love threw three touchdowns to secure the victory Sunday night.
The Packers, now 6-6, move into playoff position in the NFC. The Chiefs would have clinched the AFC’s No. 1 seed with a win, but at 8-4, they are now the No. 3 seed behind the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes had a chance to pull off another magical late-game run down eight points with less than two minutes on the clock and no timeouts, but controversy ensued as he tried to charge onto the field.
There was a controversial call, and more importantly, a non-call that will have sports figures talking all day Monday about what could have happened.
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The first came when Mahomes was rushing 10 yards and Packers safety Jonathan Owens came up and hit him as he tried to step out of bounds to stop the clock. A referee on the other side of the field threw the flag for unnecessary roughness, but the replay showed Mahomes was still in bounds when Owens made contact with him.
Although it shouldn’t have been a penalty, the Chiefs advanced another 15 yards to their 40-yard line with 57 seconds left.
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But the biggest official mistake occurred on the next play when Mahomes decided to take a deep shot to Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who was clearly contacted by a Packers defender before attempting a catch.
NBC Sports rules analyst Terry McAulay came on the show to say that there was definitely contact before the ball could be caught and that a flag for defensive pass interference should have been thrown .
The Chiefs would have had the ball at the two-yard line with enough time to score and attempt a two-point conversion to force overtime.
Instead, Mahomes attempted to reach the end zone several times, including a Hail Mary at the end of the game – but all fell incomplete.
Mahomes finished the game 21 of 33 for 210 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
The drives in this game were long, and to put things in perspective, each team only had three in the first half.
The Packers took advantage of the first, which lasted almost eight full minutes to start the game. It was a 13-play drive, one in which Love seemed locked in as he sold a nice play action to AJ Dillon to blow wide open tight end Ben Sims for his first career touchdown from a yard out.
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The Chiefs matched the Packers’ first drive, but only in terms of time spent on the field. They also went over seven minutes, but Mahomes, the least sacked quarterback in the NFL, was picked off twice in the red zone. Harrison Butker was forced to kick a 34-yard field goal to put Kansas City on the board.
Green Bay’s second drive took half as long as the first, but the result was still the same. Love threw it, using Dontayvion Wicks to drive into Kansas City territory. A few plays later, Christian Watson was crossing the end zone when Love threw it to him for the touchdown.
The Chiefs, once again, failed to find the end zone on their second drive, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. They stayed on the field for 8 minutes and 20 seconds, but Mahomes was sacked again on third down in the red zone, forcing another punt from Butker.
With the Chiefs trailing at halftime, Mahomes & Co. looked to set the tone in the second half. A touchdown was the ideal outcome to start with, and that’s exactly what happened when Isiah Pacheco entered the end zone from a yard out.
But Love, showing confidence throughout the evening, had the answer the Packers and everyone at Lambeau Field needed to see. One of the best plays of the night was Love throwing on fourth-and-1 to Romeo Doubs, who caught the ball between three Chiefs defenders for a 33-yard gain to put the Packers in the red zone.
From there, Love would reunite with Watson, this time with the young receiver launching into the air to catch a Chiefs defender for a 12-yard touchdown.
Mahomes, however, didn’t give up easily. He ran 11 plays on the next drive and threw his only touchdown of the game to his reserve tight end Noah Gray from two yards out to create a 21-19 deficit.
That touchdown came early in the fourth quarter, making it clear that this game was going to come down to the wire. Green Bay was able to score a field goal to make it a 24-19 game, but with plenty of time left for Mahomes, the Chiefs were in a good position to take their first lead of the game at just the right time.
Although Kansas City saw the exact opposite happen on the ensuing drive.
On the second play, Mahomes was looking for Skyy Moore on a wheel route down the right sideline. However, Packers cornerback Keisean Nixon ran the route better than Moore, getting a key interception that proved to be a game-changer.
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Love finished the game 25 of 36 for 267 yards with three touchdown passes in one of his best games of the season. His primary receiver was Doubs, who had 72 yards on four catches.
Dillon provided 73 rushing yards on 18 carries, taking the lion’s share of the ground plays with the injured Aaron Jones sidelined.