Green Bay Packers (3-0) 38, Kansas City Chiefs (1-2) 28
Monday September 28th 2015 (at Green Bay)
GAME RECAP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(GREEN BAY) - Aaron Rodgers dissected another defense on a national stage, building a big enough cushion for the Green Bay Packers to overcome a late rush by Jamaal Charles and the Kansas City Chiefs. Rodgers threw for 333 yards and five touchdowns, including three to Randall Cobb, and Green Bay beat Kansas City 38-28 on Monday night. Rodgers led the Packers (3-0) on two successful first-quarter drives that ended with scoring passes to Cobb and rookie Ty Montgomery. He found James Jones for a 27-yard touchdown reception late in the second quarter for a 17-point lead at the break. Charles rushed for three touchdowns for Kansas City (1-2), which followed its stunning, last-minute loss at home to Denver with a respectable fourth-quarter effort at raucous Lambeau Field. Charles' 7-yard TD with 1:25 left got the Chiefs within 10. But the end result was the same for Kansas City, which lost its second straight. Rodgers was 24 of 35 in another masterful performance for the MVP quarterback. The Packers controlled the line of scrimmage when it counted and got to Alex Smith for seven sacks. Smith finished 24 of 40 for 290 yards and a touchdown. Under pressure near his own end zone, Smith also threw an interception to Sam Shields at the Chiefs 19 with about 7 minutes left in the third quarter. Shields returned it 15 yards, and on the next play, Rodgers found Cobb for a 4-yard touchdown and a 31-7 lead. Rodgers and Cobb hooked up for another 4-yard scoring pass in the fourth. With the score, Rodgers set the franchise record with his fourth career game of at least five touchdown passes. Kansas City stopped its long streak of no touchdown receptions by a receiver when Jeremy Maclin hauled in a 5-yard TD pass with 56 seconds left in the third quarter to get the Chiefs within 31-14. It was the first touchdown pass caught by a receiver since Donnie Avery had a 79-yard catch-and-run against the Indianapolis Colts in a wild card game on Jan. 4, 2014. A week after fumbling twice, Charles had a little fun with his own Lambeau Leap into the awaiting arms of Chiefs fans following his 4-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Otherwise, the Packers prevented Charles from making explosive plays, limiting him to 49 yards on 11 carries. For Green Bay, Jones finished with seven catches for 139 yards and a score. He had a 52-yard catch in the fourth quarter off a free-play situation following a defensive penalty that set up Cobb's third touchdown catch.
                       KANSAS CITY   GREEN BAY
First downs                     23          26
Rushes-yards                 18-75      32-123
Net Passing yards              251         325
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     40-24-1     35-24-0
Sacked-Yards Lost             7-39         1-8
Punts-Average               6-50.2      5-43.0
Fumbles                        2-0         0-0
Penalties-Yards               7-38       12-89
Time of Possession           26:30       33:30
KANSAS CITY -  0   7   7  14  - 28
GREEN BAY   - 14  10   7   7  - 38
1st - GB - Ty Montgomery, 8-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Randall Cobb, 3-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - KC - Jamaal Charles, 9-yard run (Cairo Santos kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
2nd - GB - Crosby, 44-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-7
2nd - GB - James Jones, 27-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 24-7
3rd - GB - Cobb, 4-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 31-7
3rd - KC - Jeremy Maclin, 5-yard pass from Alex Smith (Santos kick) GREEN BAY 31-14
4th - GB - Cobb, 4-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 38-14
4th - KC - Charles, 4-yard run (Travis Kelce pass from Smith) GREEN BAY 38-22
4th - KC - Charles, 7-yard run (Pass failed) GREEN BAY 38-28
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Eddie Lacy 10-46, James Starks 17-32, Alonzo Harris 2-17, Aaron Rodgers 2-16, Randall Cobb 1-12
KANSAS CITY - Jamaal Charles 11-49 3 TD, Alex Smith 6-33, De'Anthony Thomas 1-(-7)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 35-24-333 5 TD
KANSAS CITY - Alex Smith 40-24-290 1 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - James Jones 7-139 1 TD, Randall Cobb 7-91 3 TD, Eddie Lacy 3-41, Richard Rodgers 2-15, Ty Montgomery 2-14 1 TD, Andrew Quarless 2-14, James Starks 1-19
KANSAS CITY - Jeremy Maclin 8-141 1 TD, Travis Kelce 6-80, Jamaal Charles 5-33, De'Anthony Thomas 2-12, Jason Avant 2-8, Chris Conley 1-16
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery (88) reached into the end zone before the pursuit of Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Cooper (31) in the first quarter
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
Sunday September 27th
MINNESOTA 31, San Diego 14 - Adrian Peterson plowed through San Diego's defense for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 20 rushes in three quarters on Sunday, and the Minnesota Vikings trampled Philip Rivers and the injury-depleted Chargers 31-14. Chad Greenway scored on a 91-yard interception return for the Vikings (2-1), who improved to 7-3 at home under coach Mike Zimmer. Rivers was pulled for Kellen Clemens midway through the fourth quarter when the deficit reached 24 points. Sacked four times for a loss of 28 yards, Rivers went 21 for 34 for 246 yards with two turnovers and took a hard hit to the midsection from Anthony Barr in the third quarter. Keenan Allen had 12 catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers (1-2).
NFC NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
GREEN BAY    3   0   0  1.000    96   68
Minnesota    2   1   0   .667    60   50
Detroit      0   3   0   .000    56   83
Chicago      0   3   0   .000    46  105
SEATTLE 26, Chicago 0 - Tyler Lockett returned the second-half kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown, Russell Wilson connected with Jimmy Graham on a 30-yard TD, and the Seattle Seahawks routed the undermanned Chicago Bears 26-0 Sunday. Seattle led just 6-0 at halftime after an offensive performance that led to a cascade of boos. Lockett started a huge second half as he went untouched on a perfectly executed return, the longest in franchise history. Later in the quarter, Wilson found Graham across the middle for his second touchdown catch this season. Steven Hauschka added four field goals and the Seahawks started the process of erasing an 0-2 start. Chicago (0-3) was shut out for the first time since 2002 and the fourth time since 1990. Jimmy Clausen started at quarterback in place of Jay Cutler and was 9 of 17 for 63 yards.
Denver 24, DETROIT 12 - Peyton Manning converted a fourth down with a 45-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas with five seconds left in the first half, and threw an 11-yard TD pass to Owen Daniels with 2:28 remaining, lifting the Denver Broncos to a 24-12 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday night. The last time the Broncos (3-0) won their first three games was in 2013, when they reached the Super Bowl. The Lions (0-3) are off to their worst start since 2010, when they finished 6-10. Aqib Talib blocked an extra-point kick early in the second quarter to keep Denver's one-point lead. The Broncos later stopped a 2-point conversion run, keeping them ahead 14-12 early in the third quarter. Matthew Stafford had three turnovers, including a fumble and interception at midfield in the fourth quarter.