The Kansas City Chiefs lost a close one on Sunday night, falling to the Green Bay Packers by a single score at Arrowhead Stadium.
Here are six notes from the game.
1. Quarterback Matt Moore played well in his first start of the season.
Exactly 700 days had passed since Moore last started a game in the NFL, and while filling in for reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes is a tough task, the 11-year veteran performed admirably.
Moore finished the game with 267 passing yards and two touchdowns, compiling a 107.1 passer rating. It marked his first multi-touchdown game since October 22, 2017.
2. Tight end Travis Kelce scored a touchdown and also hit a significant milestone.
Kelce hauled in a 29-yard score from Moore early in the second quarter to put Kansas City on the board, and as it turns out, the grab carried some additional significance. It was Kelce’s 450th career catch, and in just 88 games, the 30-year-old Kelce is the fastest tight end in NFL history to reach that mark.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow Sr. previously owned the record, doing so in 89 games.
3. Wide receiver Mecole Hardman is a big-play machine.
Hardman took his first touch from scrimmage – a quick pop-pass from Moore that essentially acted as a handoff – for a 30-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter, weaving through defenders to tie the game. The rookie wide receiver was then at it again later, hauling in a 25-yard pass from Moore on Kansas City’s next drive.
The electric Hardman now has five catches of at least 25 yards this season, which is tied with Kelce and fellow wide receiver Sammy Watkins for the team-lead. His 18.7 yards-per-catch, meanwhile, currently ranks fifth in the NFL.
4. The pass-rush provided consistent pressure all night long.
Despite playing without a pair of starters in defensive end Frank Clark and defensive tackle Chris Jones, the Chiefs’ pass-rush still managed to tally 12 quarterback hits and 5.0 sacks on Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
For context, Rodgers had been sacked just 12 times overall headed into Sunday night’s game.
Defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon was responsible for two of those sacks – marking his second-career multi-sack game. Kpassagnon, linebacker Damien Wilson and defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah each notched three quarterback hits on Rodgers by themselves.
5. Dustin Colquitt continued his ascent in the record books.
Colquitt tallied three punts on Sunday night for 154 yards, landing all three inside the Packers’ 20-yard line. The 15-year veteran now has 49,387 punting yards for his career, moving him past Craig Hentrich for the 10th-most in NFL history.
Colquitt’s 453 punts inside the 20-yard line, meanwhile, are the third-most in league history.
6. The Packers made plays in the end, ultimately dealing the Chiefs a loss.
Kansas City fought hard throughout, rallying back from an early 14-point deficit to take the lead prior to halftime, but the Packers made plays in the end to secure the victory. Rodgers found tailback Jamaal Williams for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to take the lead, and while Chiefs’ tailback Damien Williams tied things up a little later, Packers’ running back Aaron Jones scored on a 67-yard reception to re-claim the lead for good.
The Chiefs will return to Arrowhead this upcoming Sunday to take on the Minnesota Vikings.
Photos from the Chiefs matchup against the Green Bay Packers at Arrowhead Stadium.