KANSAS CITY (WTAQ) - The Green Bay Packers finished a 1-3 pre-season with a 30-8 loss at Kansas City Thursday night.
Packers’ corner Tramon Williams made an interception on the game’s first play, and Green Bay’s subsequent drive ended with a 48-yard field goal by Mason Crosby. Crosby also booted a 45-yarder in the second-quarter which made it 6-6 at the time.
The Chiefs were up 13-6 at the break before they outplayed the Pack in the second half, on a night when the coaches were more concerned about giving players on the bubble their final auditions.
Sam Barrington scored Green Bay’s only other points on defense, when he tackled Chiefs’ quarterback Tyler Bray in the end zone for a safety.
The Pack failed to score on offense, while Bray had three scoring passes for Kansas City. The Chiefs had 262 total yards to the Pack’s 218, as K.C. finished its exhibition schedule at 2-2.
Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy didn’t want to risk injury to quarterback Aaron Rodgers, so Vince Young started. He completed 14-of-30 passes for 144 yards. B.J. Coleman completed 2-of-7 for 19 yards and an interception.
Rookie Johnathan Franklin led Green Bay rushers with 23 yards on eight carries. Jeremy Ross caught 3 passes for 50 yards.
Safety Chris Banjo left in the first half with a hip injury, but he returned and had one of the Packers’ top performances on the night. He had a 14 yard sack near the end, along with a tackle-for-loss and a quarterback hit.
Banjo will find out Saturday if it was enough to make the team. NFL squads must reduce their rosters from 75 players to 53 by Saturday night.