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NFL: Chiefs end the Packers’ perfect season

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The Kansas City Chiefs’ Thomas Jones, bottom, is brought down on the three yard line by the Green Bay Packers’ Charles Woodson, center, and Tom Crabtree during the first half of their game in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday.

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The Green Bay Packers’ perfect NFL season came to a crashing halt on Sunday against the beleaguered Kansas City Chiefs, who rallied behind interim coach Romeo Crennel and new quarterback Kyle Orton to a shocking 19-14 victory.

Orton finished 23 of 31 for 299 yards in his first start for the Chiefs (6-8), who fired coach Todd Haley on Dec. 12 after the team had lost five of their past six games.

However, behind an inspired performance by the defense, four field goals by Ryan Succop and Jackie Battle’s short touchdown run with 4 minutes, 53 seconds left in the game, Kansas City handed the Packers (13-1) their first loss since Dec. 19 last year.

The Packers had won 19 straight games in the past year, including the Super Bowl.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was just 17 of 35 for 235 yards and a touchdown, and he also scampered eight yards for another touchdown with 2 minutes, 12 seconds left in the game. However, the Packers were unable to recover the onside kick and the Chiefs picked up a couple of first downs to secure the victory.


In Indianapolis, Dan Orlovsky threw a touchdown pass and the key block on an 80-yard touchdown run to lead the Colts to their first win of the season.

Indianapolis (1-13) avoided becoming the second team in NFL history to go 0-16.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was picked off twice and Chris Johnson rushed for only 55 yards for Tennessee (7-7).

Orlovsky gave the Colts a 10-6 lead with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne in the third quarter and Jacob Lacey made it 17-6 with a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Jake Locker got the Titans within 20-13 with a touchdown pass with 3 minutes, 43 seconds to go, but on the next play, Orlovsky threw a block that gave Donald Brown on open lane to sprint 80 yards to seal the win.


In San Diego, California, Philip Rivers threw for one score and reached the 4,000-yard mark for the fourth straight season as the Chargers kept their slim postseason hopes alive with a victory over playoff-bound Baltimore.

Ryan Mathews also ran for two scores and hit 1,000 yards rushing for the Chargers (7-7), who have won three straight after a six-game losing streak.

San Diego are now level with Oakland and a game behind Denver in the AFC West Division, with two to play.

The Ravens (10-4) had their four-game winning streak broken, but clinched a playoff berth earlier in the day thanks to losses by the New York Jets, Oakland and Tennessee.


In Philadelphia, LeSean McCoy ran for three touchdowns to set two team records as the Eagles routed the Jets to stay alive in the NFC East Division race.

Michael Vick threw for 274 yards and a touchdown and also ran for a score in his second game back after missing three games with broken ribs.

The Eagles (6-8) have won two straight for just the second time this season and still have a chance to repeat as NFC East champions, trailing Dallas by two games and the New York Giants by one.

The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Jets (8-6).


In Chicago, Red Bryant returned an interception 20 yards for the go-ahead touchdown as Seattle kept their faint playoff hopes alive.

Chicago quarterback Caleb Hanie was hit hard on the play by K.J. Wright and threw the ball right into Bryant’s arms as Seattle (7-7) scored two touchdowns in a 50-second span early in the third quarter.

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