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What we learned about Kansas City Chiefs in 27-19 road loss to Green Bay Packers

Jesse Newell, The Kansas City Star on

Published in Football

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Kansas City Chiefs have left themselves little for error if they hope to land the AFC’s No. 1 seed.

For now, at least, KC is the conference’s No. 4 seed following Sunday night’s 27-19 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Miami (9-3), Baltimore (9-3) and Jacksonville (8-3) aren’t far ahead, but they’re outpacing KC (8-4) for now.

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And while the Chiefs’ schedule isn’t crazy-difficult from this point on, they might need to run the table if they hope to get back in front of the race for home-field advantage and a first-round bye.

This loss will sting. KC’s offense had a chance, down five, to rally in the fourth quarter, but some miscommunication between quarterback Patrick Mahomes and receiver Skyy Moore on a fade route led to an overthrow and Keisean Nixon’s interception with 5:14 left.

 

The Packers offense nearly ran out the clock from there, adding a field goal before the Chiefs received one more possession with 1:09 left.

Mahomes nearly drove the Chiefs all the way down the field, but the Packers appeared to get away with a pass-interference call against Marquez Valdes-Scantling that would’ve given KC the ball at the Green Bay 5.

Without that, Mahomes had one last chance at a Hail Mary with 5 seconds remaining from the Packers’ 33, as a jump-ball to Travis Kelce was deflected and went incomplete to end it.

KC fell behind early in a super-low-possession first half.

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