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The Green Bay Packers did all they could defensively to help out Jordan Love in his first career start.
Too bad for Love their special teams weren't on board.
The Packers were so bad on kicks and punts in a 13-7 loss at the Kansas Chiefs it almost seemed as if they were trying to sabotage the backup quarterback, who was forced to start when Aaron Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 this week.
Love was 19-of-34 for 190 yards with a touchdown in the closing minutes, which at least gave Green Bay (7-2) a chance to keep their seven-game winning streak alive. But he also threw an interception near the Kansas City goal line as time ticked down.
"I think if we would have been able to hit one of the plays against their all-out blitz ... that's all it takes is the one play. But I didn't do enough," Love, the Packers' first-round pick in the 2020 draft, who had thrown just seven regular-season passes before Sunday, said.
The Chiefs improve to 5-4 in the AFC West alongside the Denver Broncos, who ended the Dallas Cowboys' six-game winning streak with a 30-16 triumph in Texas.
Dak Prescott returned after one game out with a calf injury but couldn't get the Cowboys (6-2) moving until two meaningless late touchdowns.
"This is the first time I've felt clearly our energy didn't exceed our opponent. That's disappointing," Dallas coach Mike McCarthy said.
In Los Angeles, Tennessee's defence carried the Titans to a 28-16 victory over the Rams in a showdown between two conference co-leaders.
Ryan Tannehill passed for 143 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another score for the Titans (7-2), who enjoyed their fifth consecutive victory, while the Arizona Cardinals (8-1) were comfortable 31-17 winners over the San Francisco 49ers.
In Baltimore, Justin Tucker kicked a 36-yard field goal in overtime and the AFC North-leading Ravens (6-2) rallied from a 14-point third-quarter deficit to see off the Minnesota Vikings 34-31 while Younghoe Koo's 29-yard field goal as time expired sealed the Atlanta Falcons' 27-25 triumph at the New Orleans Saints.
The Indianapolis Colts were 45-30 victors over the visiting New York Jets but the Carolina Panthers suffered a 24-6 loss on home turf to the New England Patriots.
In Cincinnati, Baker Mayfield threw two touchdown passes, Nick Chubb ran for 137 yards and the Cleveland Browns capped a chaotic week by smashing the Bengals 41-16.
Elsewhere, the New York Giants defeated the Las Vegas Raiders 23-16, the Miami Dolphins beat the Houston Texans 17-9, the LA Chargers pipped the Philadelphia Eagles 27-24, and the Jacksonville Jaguars upset the Buffalo Bills 9-6.