All Kansas City's offense came from the foot of 42-year-old Morten Anderson.
Anderson had field goals of 32 and 51 yards and also missed from 51. Rookie Jose Cortez connected on a 27-yarder to cap scoring just before the lightning drew too close for comfort.
Even in this shortened game, a parade of newcomers got a chance to shine:
--Hometown boy Kenny Peterson gave his Canton fans a show by recovering a fumble about a minute into the second quarter. DE Jamal Reynolds sacked Chiefs’ second-string QB Todd Collins and forced the fumble, which Peterson alertly snagged at the Kansas City 39. The fact that he accomplished the feat on his high school field had to be sweet for the rookie, who was given a huge ovation.
"I want the ball," Peterson said after the game. "I don't even know where it went."
--The Packer debut of former Eagle Al Harris has to have Mike Sherman feeling great about shipping this year’s second-round pick to Philly for the durable cornerback. Replacing Tyrone Williams, Harris looked like he was on a search and destroy mission at corner in the first half.
--Top draft pick Nick Barnett shook off a slow start and showed flashes of his advertised speed at linebacker.
--Carl Ford, the seventh-rounder who has garnered notice in training camp, contributed a nice catch in the first half. It turned out to be the Packers’ second-longest play from scrimmage.
-- Outside linebacker Marcus Wilkins, one of just three undrafted rookies to make the team last year, had three sacks by the time the second half was just a minute old.
--Najeh Davenport experienced mixed results making the switch from fullback to halfback. He had nine carries and displayed a workhorse effort, but came up with only 18 yards.
Meanwhile, the proven stars provided their own brief highlights before exiting safely ot the sidelines. Brett Favre was 4-of-6 for 54 yards in two series of work. He was missing his starting receivers as well as his starting tackles, and found himself on the run. Still, the QB still had time to stage one classic Favre moment. Working out of the shotgun on third and very long, Favre escaped the collapsing pocket and slung the ball 24 yards to Javon Walker for the team’s initial first-down.
On the other side, Kansas City running back Priest Holmes ran for 15 yards on five carries in limited action. Holmes has been a question mark due to a hip injury which ended his 2002 season early, as well as ongoing contract negotiations.
The Chiefs got on the board with Anderson’s 32-yard field goal near the midway point of the first quarter. The drive was keyed by fullback Omar Easy and receiver Eddie Kennison.
Anderson nailed a 51-yarder, with a minute to go in the first half. The Chiefs capitalized on a Packer turnover as Eric Warfield picked off a Craig Nall pass intended for Javon Walker. The pick negated a good Green Bay drive which featured a 28-yard catch by Tony Fisher.
Green Bay aggravated the situation with a personal foul. It looked like the Chiefs had a shot at the end zone, but the Packer defense moved them backwards. Wilkins came through with his second sack of Todd Collins for a 7-yard loss to force the long field goal attempt.
Anderson missed another 51-yard attempt which hit the upright with two seconds left in the half.
That miss came as the Chiefs tried to pull themselves together following a serious injury to tackle Willie Jones. On a play which seemed unremarkable at the time, Jones was beaten to the inside by Wilkins. Jones gave a second effort to corral Wilkins, grabbing Wilkins’ shoulders from behind. Wilkins’ and Jones’ helmets appeared to collide, and Jones rolled to the ground. He was motionless for many long minutes as the stadium fell silent. Medical personnel immobilized Jones’ head and neck and carried him from the field on a stretcher. Reports from the Chiefs’ public relations staff, confirmed by ESPN indicated that Jones suffered head trauma and had regained some sensation in his hands and legs by the time the game ended.
Jose Cortez’ 27-yard field goal wrapped up scoring just before the game was called off.
In injury news, tight end Tyrone Davis twisted his left knee in the second quarter and did not return.
Monday’s inactives were: T Chad Clifton, T Reggie Coleman, WR Donald Driver, WR Robert Ferguson, WR Jorg Heckenbach, DT James Lee, TE David Martin, Terdell Sands, S Darren Sharper, RB Lamar Smith, RB Adam Tate, T Mark Tauscher, NT Rod Walker, NT Steve Warren and RB Reggie White.