Saturday 16 December 2017

American Football: Chiefs stun Packers

The Green Bay Packers' perfect season came to a crashing halt against the struggling Kansas City Chiefs, who had just fired their coach and were starting a new quarter-back.

Kyle Orton threw for 299 yards to outduel Aaron Rodgers, and the Chiefs rallied behind interim coach Romeo Crennel for a shocking 19-14 victory that ended the Packers' 19-game winning streak.

It was their first loss since December 19, 2010, at New England.

Green Bay, playing without leading receiver Greg Jennings and top rusher James Starks because of injuries, also failed to secure home advantage throughout the play-offs.

The Indianapolis Colts ended their losing streak against Tennessee. Dan Orlovsky threw one touchdown pass and the key block on an 80-yard touchdown run, leading the Colts to their first win of the season, 27-13.

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

The loss dealt a serious blow to the Titans' play-off hopes.

Drew Brees threw for 412 yards and five touchdowns to lead the New Orleans Saints to their sixth win in a row, 42-20 over the Minnesota Vikings.

Brees completed 32 of 40 passes to help the Saints (11-3) overcome a slow and sloppy start and stay two games ahead of Atlanta in the NFC South.

Brees now is just 304 yards from breaking Dan Marino's single-season record with two games to play.

Brees threw two touchdown passes to Lance Moore and one each to Darren Sproles, Jimmy Graham and John Gilmore.

The maligned Saints' pass defence held the Vikings to 94 yards passing. Adrian Peterson rushed for 60 yards in his return from a three-game absence for the Vikings (2-12).

Meanwhile, Tony Romo passed for three touchdowns and scored another as the Dallas Cowboys kept their NFC East title hopes on track with a 31-15 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Irish Independent

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