Packers defeat Chiefs 27-20 in preseason finale
By KEITH JENKINS
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) One play stood out during the Packers' 27-20 win over the Chiefs on Thursday night in the teams' preseason finale. It happened on a dead ball in the fourth quarter.
After Packers running back Dexter Williams scored the deciding touchdown with 6:24 to play and Sam Ficken nailed the PAT, a fan raced onto the field as the two teams prepared for the ensuing kickoff. The fan ran about the length of the field and managed to take off his shirt before Kansas City safety Harold Jones-Quartey planted him at the 25-yard line.
"He came out from the (opposite) end zone toward the kickoff," Jones-Quartey said. "I saw him run in, took his shirt off, and he was like . he just kept running. I just wanted to play some football. ... But I'm glad he's OK. I didn't want to hit him too hard."
The tackle earned the loudest cheer from the crowd of 73,803.
As for the game, Green Bay backup quarterback DeShone Kizer, with Aaron Rodgers looking on from the sideline, rebounded from a costly interception to finish with 77 yards and a touchdown on 8-of-15 passing.
Rookie running back Dexter Williams added 34 yards and a score on the ground for Green Bay, which opens the regular season Sept. 5 at rival Chicago.
"It felt great," Williams said. "It was my first touchdown in the NFL and I got a Lambeau Leap. It was amazing. It was a great experience. That's a memory I won't ever forget."
"They moved the ball," coach Andy Reid of Kansas City's backup quarterbacks. "With the exception of the penalties and a couple of the turnovers there, they moved the ball successfully, they managed the game well for the majority of the time, made a couple of nice throws in there when given the opportunity. I thought they did a nice job with the RPO game: when to pull it, when to throw it."
The Chiefs got on the board first on a 28-yard field goal by Harrison Butker with about five minutes to play in the first quarter. Butker capped a 17-play, 80-yard drive led by Shurmur.
The Packers' offense - with backup Tim Boyle getting the start under center and QB coach Luke Getsy handling the play-calling duties - punted on its first two possessions. But Green Bay linebacker Ty Summers made his case for a roster spot by picking off Shurmur and returning it 74 yards for a score to put the Packers ahead 6-3. Mason Crosby missed the PAT.
"Right whenever I caught it and started running, I saw a couple linemen and I was like, `I know they're not gonna get me,'" Summers said.
Green Bay increased its lead to 13-3 on a 2-yard pass from Boyle to Jace Sternberger. Boyle finished 3 for 6 with 18 yards and the score.
Kizer got his shot to make his case to be Rodgers' backup and promptly threw an interception to safety Jordan Lucas. The turnover gave the Chiefs the ball at the Packers 7-yard line. That led to a 2-yard touchdown pass from Shurmur to receiver Jordy Fortson, who made up for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty earlier in the quarter. The Chiefs pulled within 13-10 with 3:43 to go in the first half.
Kizer rebounded on the following the drive, leading Green Bay on a 12-play, 81-yard march and capping it with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Evan Baylis. The Packers led 20-10 at intermission.
Chase Litton got the start in the second half and immediately led the Chiefs on a 16-play, 68-yard scoring drive. Litton found tight end Nick Keizer for a 4-yard TD.
Litton finished the night with 62 yards and the score on 11-of-19 passing.
After Darrius Shepherd fumbled the ensuing kickoff return, Butker knotted the score 20-20 just before the end of the third period.
Both teams have until 4 p.m. ET on Saturday to trim their rosters to 53 players.
Guard Kahlil McKenzie started the second half for the Chiefs. McKenzie was born in Green Bay and played at Green Bay Southwest High School. McKenzie's father, Reggie, worked as the director of player personnel for the Packers.
"Quite an experience for him," Reid said of McKenzie. "I thought he did OK. I need to look at the tape. Sometimes, I don't get a great look at those interior guys, but it seemed like he did a pretty good job."
Chiefs: WR Felton Davis suffered a shoulder injury.
Packers: Sternberger was carted off to the locker room just before halftime. ... ILB James Crawford exited the game in the third quarter.
Chiefs: Kansas City signed QB Matt Moore earlier this week. The 10-year veteran last suited up in 2017, when he played in four games for the Dolphins, including two starts. The 35-year-old Moore completed more than 61% of his passes in 2017 for 861 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions. Moore played his last seven seasons with Miami after spending the beginning of his career in Carolina.
Packers: Green Bay agreed to trade OLB Reggie Gilbert to the Titans for a conditional 2020 draft pick. The move is pending a physical. Gilbert played all 16 games for the Packers last season and had 15 quarterback pressures to rank second on the team. The 26-year-old former undrafted free agent from Arizona had spent the majority of his first two seasons on Green Bay's practice squad before his breakthrough last year. ... The Packers signed G Dejon Allen. The 6-foot-2, 300-pound Allen went undrafted out of Hawaii in 2018 and spent the entire 2018 season on the Bears' practice squad.
Chiefs: open the regular season at Jacksonville on Sept. 8.
Packers: play at rival Chicago next Thursday.
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Updated August 30, 2019