KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A blocked punt late in the first quarter set up the first points of the game, and the Packers took a 7-0 lead over the Chiefs after one at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday night.
The biggest happening on the first three drives of the game was the debut of the Packers’ new punter, Jacob Schum. From the Kansas City 41, Schum hit a high pooch that was fair-caught at the 9-yard line. He followed that up with a 44-yarder on his next effort, also fair-caught at the 9. His third try bounced inside the 5 and trickled into the end zone for a touchback, nearly staying in the field of play by the goal line.
The Packers’ defense was off to a solid start as well, posting three straight three-and-outs to open the game. The Chiefs should have had a first down on their third drive, but QB Tyler Bray’s third-down pass over the middle to a wide-open Tyreek Hill was too high.
The miscue proved big, as Packers WR Ty Montgomery blocked Chiefs P Dustin Colquitt’s punt on the very next snap. Green Bay took over on the Kansas City 14-yard line and needed just two plays to score.
QB Joe Callahan hit WR Davante Adams for a 9-yard slant, and then followed with a well-thrown 5-yard TD pass to TE Jared Cook on an out-and-up route, putting the Packers on top, 7-0, with 1:57 left in the quarter.
The Chiefs got their first three first downs of the game in the final 90 seconds of the quarter and were across midfield when time expired.