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Packers' ball control got game started right

Opening drive vs. KC took more than half the opening quarter and put Green Bay ahead to stay

RB AJ Dillon
RB AJ Dillon

GREEN BAY – It didn't involve a deep ball on the first play or a thread-the-needle TD pass through traffic like Thanksgiving Day in Detroit.

But the Packers' opening drive against Kansas City on Sunday night was as efficient and productive as it gets, making it the Chevy Drive of the Week from the 27-19 victory.

Taking the ball to start the game after the Chiefs deferred, the Packers got rolling with a mix of nicely executed passes and AJ Dillon power runs.

A jet-motion push pass to WR Jayden Reed gained 9 yards, Dillon ran for 3, and then QB Jordan Love found WR Christian Watson for 19 yards to get into KC territory.

Dillon ran four straight times for 15 yards – the third of those to convert a third-and-2 – and TE Tucker Kraft chipped in a 9-yard reception for a first down on the KC 20.

A 7-yard completion to WR Dontayvion Wicks was sandwiched between a pair of 6-yard runs by Dillon, putting the ball on the 1. Then with heavy run personnel in the game, Love ran a play-action fake and hit TE Ben Sims wide open for the score, the rookie's first NFL touchdown.

The numbers: 13 plays, 75 yards, 7:47 time of possession, and a 7-0 lead in a game the Packers would never trail.