Packers end preseason with 17-7 loss

KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Chiefs topped the Green Bay Packers 17-7 in Thursday night’s preseason finale at Arrowhead Stadium.

Darrin Reaves and Knile Davis each had a rushing touchdown to lead Kansas City in scoring, while Green Bay’s biggest contributor was quarterback Joe Callahan, who racked up 143 yards and a touchdown on 13 of 24 passing. Callahan was one of a handful of first and second-year players to get extended reps in the final preseason game.

“We knew coming in the majority of our young players were going to play a lot of football,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “That was the design of it. I felt, overall, it’ll be great tape to watch as we plow through the process of trying to make our 53-man roster.”

Those decisions will be made in the coming hours leading up to Saturday’s 3 p.m. CT deadline.

Some of the Packers’ shortcomings in the loss lie with the offense. Running back Brandon Burks, who saw his chances of making the roster increase with the injury to John Crockett, had a late fumble which was recovered by the Chiefs. Callahan was also sacked four times as the offense only gathered 172 yards and one rushing first down.

The other two phases of the game were mainly positive for Green Bay, with the secondary recording two interceptions and Ty Montgomery blocking a punt. Newly-acquired punter Jacob Schum also had a memorable performance, punting the ball eight times for an average of 45.5 yards. He pinned the ball inside the opponent’s 20-yard line three times and had a long of 57 yards.

McCarthy stressed that Schum did “a lot of good things for being with us for two days.” McCarthy wanted to see Schum place the ball outside the numbers near the sidelines — a task he felt Schum accomplished.

The Packers will open the regular season in Jacksonville on Sept. 11.

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