GREEN BAY, WIS., SEPT. 23 -- Christian Okoye ran five yards for a second-quarter touchdown, and Stan Petry returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown with three minutes left, helping the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Green Bay Packers, 17-3, today.
The Chiefs (2-1) recovered two fumbles, sacked Don Majkowski six times in his first start of the season and blocked a punt in dropping the Packers to 1-2.
"I would sum it up as a tough day," said Majkowski, who completed 19 of 31 passes for 171 yards. It was the second straight year the Chiefs had kept the Packers out of the end zone. They beat the Packers, 21-3, last December, essentially knocking them out of playoff contention.
"Majkowski can't do it by himself," said defensive back Kevin Ross, who intercepted a pass, caused Brent Fullwood to fumble at the goal line and also recovered a fumble. "Our front line put a lot of pressure up front and pressure makes a lot of people look rusty."
The Packers, trailing by 10-3, had fourth and 10 from their 20, and Petry intercepted and returned for the game-clinching touchdown with 2:59 left.
Okoye's touchdown run, set up by a pass interference call on the Packers, came with 59 seconds left in the first half and gave the Chiefs a 7-3 halftime lead.
Kansas City's Albert Lewis made his seventh career punt block, and Louis Cooper picked up the ball and returned to the Packers 5 with 12:09 left in the game.
The Packers stopped Okoye for a two-yard loss after he'd gained four on first down, and the Chiefs ended up with Nick Lowery's 20-yard field goal with 10:31 remaining to take a 10-3 lead.
Ross then recovered a fumble by Green Bay's Michael Haddix at the Kansas City 45 with 5:56 left to squelch another drive by the Packers.
Trailing 7-3, the Packers missed a chance to take the lead with 47 seconds to go in the third quarter when Fullwood fumbled near the Kansas City goal line. Dino Hackett recovered for the Chiefs to end a Packers drive that began at the Green Bay 14.
"Percy Snow and I hit him," Ross said.
"I don't know who got there first. We were just trying to stop him at the goal line."
"The fumble at the goal line was the critical play," said Chiefs Coach Marty Schottenheimer. "They were going to go ahead."
Fullwood refused comment until he could look at the videotape. Officials in the replay booth did just that after the play but upheld the call on the field; the fumble recovery stood.
The Chiefs took the second-half kickoff and moved from their 9 to the Green Bay 19.
But on fourth and seven, the Chiefs faked a field goal, and holder Kelly Goodburn was stopped two yards short of the first down. The Packers took over and were moving for a score when Fullwood fumbled.
Okoye's touchdown run climaxed an 80-yard drive and gave the Chiefs their 7-3 halftime lead.
Steve DeBerg had completions of 18 yards to Emile Harry and 24 yards to Pete Mandley in the drive. A third-down pass interference call in the end zone on the Packers' Mark Lee gave the Chiefs a first down at the Green Bay 5, and Okoye carried in on the next play.