Rodgers’ Big Monday Night Leads Packers to 11th Straight Home Win
Aaron Rodgers still hasn't thrown an interception at home since Week 13 of 2012 and the Green Bay Packers won their 11th straight game at Lambeau Field Monday night over the Kansas City Chiefs, 38-28.
Monday's win was the Packers first win at Lambeau Field and snapped a one-game losing streak against the Chiefs.
Rodgers tossed five touchdowns, one to rookie Ty Montgomery, three to Randall Cobb and one to James Jones against the Chiefs. Coming into Monday night's game, Rodgers had tossed five touchdowns in two games. So, he doubled his total with his five-touchdown performance Monday. All in all, Rodgers went 24 of 33 for 35 for 333 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. Rodgers averaged nine yards per pass. His home interception streak was nearly broken up, but a Kansas City defender dropped the pick. In the game, Rodgers looked in sync, getting the Chiefs to jump offsides twice that resulted in big plays. First, Rodgers saw the Chiefs offsides and connected with Jones for a 52-yard gain. The other big play he found Jones for a touchdown when the Chiefs jumped offsides. Rodgers, the Packers' No. 12, also was able to get the Chiefs to be called for 12 men on the field twice. He was sharp and on top of his game. Rodgers' footwork and accuracy were a beauty for Packers fans to watch.
On the ground, five Packers rushed the ball 23 times for 123 yards. Jones and Cobb each led the Packers with seven catches. Jones led Green Bay with 139 yards. The downside was Packers receiver Davante Adams re-aggravating his ankle injury in the first quarter.
Defensively, Green Bay's defense didn't play all that bad, except for nearly letting the Chiefs back in the game. The Packers held a 24-7 lead at halftime and Kansas City cut Green Bay's lead to 10 by the end of the game. Despite allowing Jamaal Charles to three rushing touchdowns, Green Bay's run defense without Morgan Burnett and Letroy Guion limited Charles to 11 carries on 49 yards. In the last two games, the Packers have held Charles and Marshawn Lynch to 99 yards. Not bad.
The Packers also forced one turnover defensively. Sam Shields intercepted Alex Smith and he has improved mightily since having a mediocre first game of the season in Chicago. Shields led Green Bay in tackles with six solo tackles and one interception Monday. Clay Matthews also had a superb game, getting after Smith from the outside and inside. Matthews had three tackles and two sacks in the game. The Packers had their way with the Chiefs offensive line for much of the night, sacking Smith seven times.
The Packers defense did allow the Chiefs to break their streak of having a wide receiver catch a touchdown pass. Smith threw a touchdown to Jeremy Maclin, who became the first wideout to score six points since Week 14 of the 2013 season.
Penalty-wise, Green Bay still has some things to clean up. The Packers committed 12 penalties worth 89 yards. Kansas City had seven penalties worth 38 yards.
Green Bay plays on the road at San Francisco Sunday at 3:25 p.m. CDT.
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