Playing at Lambeau Field for the first time since 2015, the Kansas City Chiefs dropped a 29-19 decision to the Green Bay Packers in Week 13’s edition of “Sunday Night Football.” With five games remaining in the regular season, the Chiefs’ record now stands at 8-4.
On its opening drive, the Green Bay offense had its way with the Kansas City defense, running a dozen plays evenly divided between runs and passes (and consuming nearly eight minutes) before a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ben Sims gave the Packers a 7-0 lead. The Chiefs’ offense replied with nine plays that got it to the Green Bay 5-yard line — but two sacks of quarterback Patrick Mahomes over three plays forced a 34-yard field goal by Harrison Butker to make the score 7-3 as the first quarter came to an end.
The Packers came back with another overwhelming drive, moving 75 yards in eight plays that concluded with Jordan Love’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Christian Watson, extending Green Bay’s lead to 14-3. Kansas City again drove down to inside the Packers’ 5-yard line — and once again, a penalty and a sack forced another 34-yard field goal, narrowing the score to 14-6 with 2:23 left in the half. On the next Green Bay drive, Kansas City forced the first punt of the game — but by then, just seconds remained. The teams headed to their locker rooms with the Packers still holding the 14-6 lead.
The Chiefs started the third quarter with a 9-play, 75-yard drive that included an early holding penalty and a pair of passes to tight end Travis Kelce that gained 48 yards — and ended with a 1-yard Isiah Pachceo touchdown run that made the score 14-12 after a failed two-point conversion. Then Green Bay used six plays to get into the red zone and scored on a spectacular catch by Watson, extending the Packers’ lead to 21-12.
The Chiefs came right back, depending on a solid kickoff return by Richie James — and on Pacheco — for an 11-play touchdown drive that ended with a 2-yard pass to reserve tight end Noah Gray, narrowing the deficit to 21-19 just after the fourth quarter began.
The teams traded punts — and then the Packers went to work. A 27-yard completion to Romeo Doubs erased a 10-yard holding penalty. The Packers drove into the red zone — and then on third-and-10, Mike Danna collected Kansas City’s first sack of the game, forcing a 40-yard field goal that extended the Packers’ lead to 24-19 with 6:07 left in the game.
Kansas City quickly got to midfield on a pass interference call — but on the next play, Mahomes was intercepted by Keisean Nixon with 5:14 left. The Packers stayed conservative, chewing up the clock. The Chiefs finally forced a 48-yard field goal — making the score 27-19 — with 1:09 remaining.
Starting at the 30-yard-line with no timeouts, Mahomes ran for a first down and drew an unnecessary roughness call as he went out of bounds. That put the Chiefs at the Packers’ 45-yard line. Then on the next play, Rashee Rice fumbled, the Packers recovered and ran the ball to the end zone. But on review, Rice was ruled down by contract before the fumble — and Pacheco was penalized (and ejected) for throwing a punch in the aftermath of the play. That gave Kansas City a first down at the 50 — with 50 seconds left.
Five plays later, Kansas City was left with one play: a 33-yard Hail Mary with five seconds remaining. The pass fell incomplete, sealing the Packers’ 27-19 win.