KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A pair of second-quarter touchdowns and a late field goal gave the Chiefs a 17-7 lead over the Packers at halftime on Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium.
After a slow start, Chiefs QB Tyler Bray found some rhythm. Before the first quarter elapsed, he hit consecutive passes of 8 yards to WR De’Anthony Thomas, 13 yards to WR Rod Streater and 13 yards to TE Travis Kelce.
On the first snap of the second quarter, Bray hit Streater for 22 yards over the middle, and two plays later, RB Knile Davis finished the drive with a 5-yard TD run. That tied the score at 7 with 14:00 left in the half.
The Packers nearly answered on their next drive, but QB Joe Callahan’s deep pass couldn’t quite be corralled by diving WR Ty Montgomery. A pair of penalties on G Lane Taylor and a sack followed, forcing the Packers to punt.
The Chiefs then took the lead, 14-7, as WR Frankie Hammond Jr. and RB Darrin Reaves did almost all the damage on a 58-yard scoring drive. Hammond caught four passes for 31 yards and Reaves carried five times for 23 yards, taking it the final 3 yards for the TD with 4:15 left in the half.
The Packers tried the deep ball again on their next drive, and this time it worked. Callahan hit WR Jared Abbrederis for a 40-yard gain, but on the very next play, TE Casey Pierce fumbled after a 22-yard reception up the seam, and the Chiefs recovered, thwarting the drive.
Green Bay got the ball right back, though, mostly thanks to a third-down sack by DE Datone Jones that forced the Chiefs to punt out of their own end zone. P Dustin Colquitt boomed a 60-yarder that Abbrederis returned 14 yards to the KC 49, giving Callahan 2:18 to work with.
Callahan couldn’t capitalize. On third-and-4 from the KC 43, he threw behind WR Davante Adams on a slant. He tried to go to Adams again on fourth down, but Adams wasn’t open, and the Chiefs took over.
QB Aaron Murray then drove the Chiefs inside the Green Bay 25 in the final minute of the half, and K Cairo Santos made a 42-yard field goal on the last snap.