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Chiefs Fall to Packers, 27-19, on Sunday Night Football

The Chiefs dropped a tough one in prime time on Sunday

The Kansas City Chiefs fell to the Green Bay Packers, 27-19, at Lambeau Field on Sunday night in a game that came down to the final minutes.

Trailing by five points with just over five minutes remaining in the contest, Kansas City appeared to be assembling a potential game-winning series when quarterback Patrick Mahomes was picked off by Packers' cornerback Keisean Nixon. The takeaway thwarted what began as an otherwise promising drive, and while the Chiefs still had a chance to tie the game in its closing moments, Kansas City's rally ultimately came up short.

"The Packers did a great job tonight. They got after us. Against a good football team, you have to be able to start faster on both sides of the ball," said Head Coach Andy Reid. "We have to make sure that we take care of that, whether it be the penalties on offense or that we weren't getting off the field on the defensive side. Those were things that cost us, and we have to learn from that."

It was a tough conclusion to a game that Kansas City trailed throughout, as Green Bay raced out to an 11-point lead early in the second quarter. The Packers tallied touchdowns on each of their first two possessions, and while Kansas City marched inside the red zone on both of its first two drives, the Chiefs were forced to settle for a field goal on each.

The Chiefs managed to fight back in the second half, however, when tailback Isiah Pacheco plunged ahead for a 1-yard touchdown that pulled Kansas City within two points. The play – which completed a nine-play, 75-yard scoring drive – was part of a big night for Pacheco, who finished the game with 110 rushing yards and a score.

Green Bay then responded with a touchdown of its own on its ensuing series, but the Chiefs answered right back when Mahomes found tight end Noah Gray for a 2-yard touchdown.

The Packers proceeded to tally just three points across their next two drives, providing Kansas City with two opportunities to take the lead, but that pair of possessions ended with a punt and Mahomes' interception in Packers' territory.

"We made too many mistakes," Mahomes said. "They had a good game plan…At the end of the day, if you make too many mistakes against a good football team, you lose."

Mahomes completed 21-of-33 passes for 210 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the game, finding tight end Travis Kelce four times for a team-leading 81 yards. Rookie wide receiver Rashee Rice also put together a strong game, recording eight grabs for 64 yards.

It all wasn't enough in the end, but now at 8-4 and with five games remaining in the regular season, Mahomes preached the importance of turning the page following the loss.

"All you can do when you lose football games is you go watch the tape, and you try to learn from it," Mahomes said. "You learn from your mistakes, and you get better. That's all you can do. That's win or loss. We haven't dealt with a ton of losing here, but everything is [still] out in front of [us]. We can still win the division, but it's going to take us getting better and better every week, and we're going to have a great challenge coming up in Buffalo. So, let's get back to practice, and we'll see if we can get better next week."

In terms of injuries, Reid mentioned linebacker Drue Tranquill (concussion), safety Bryan Cook (ankle) and offensive tackle Donovan Smith (shoulder) following the game.

The Chiefs will now look to get back on track this upcoming Sunday as they host the Buffalo Bills at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.

Photos from the Week 13 matchup against the Green Bay Packers.

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