It took two years and five days, but finally Todd Haley and Kansas City have beaten somebody in the preseason.
Helped perhaps by Green Bay's decision not to dress three key starters, the Chiefs took a 14-0 lead and held on Thursday night for a 17-13 victory over the team that many are making the favorite in the NFC.
The backup defense that gave away a victory last week against Philadelphia held fast this time and kept the Packers' third-teamers out of the end zone in the final sloppy minutes.
"Overall, I think that's good for our team to come out there and get a win," Haley said. "We knew this whole preseason was about one thing, and that was being prepared for the start of the regular season. It was important for our team to continue to make positive strides and I thought we did that throughout the preseason in all areas."
Matt Cassel and backup Brodie Croyle each directed touchdown drives for the Chiefs, who finished the preseason 1-3 after going 0-4 a year ago.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and a host of other Green Bay starters didn't suit up for the final tuneup of the preseason. Backup signal-caller Matt Flynn played into the third quarter and completed 23 of 37 passes for 304 yards, much of it against reserves.