By Brian Willwerth
The last unbeaten has fallen. The last winless team is winless no more.
Welcome to “Upset Sunday” in the NFL.
With all the hype surrounding the Patriots/Broncos epic matchup in Denver, the first big headline of the day came from Arrowhead Stadium. The Kansas City Chiefs, who fired head coach Todd Haley less than a week ago, pulled off the shocker of the year: a 19-14 victory over the previously undefeated Packers.
Kyle Orton threw for 299 yards – 64 more than Aaron Rodgers. Jackie Battle scored Kansas City’s lone touchdown of the game to seal the deal. Rodgers pulled Green Bay to within five in the closing minutes, but the Chiefs were able to run out the clock. The end result: the Packers’ first loss since Dec. 19, 2010, and a Gatorade bath for interim Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel.
The Packers still have the inside track to the No. 1 seed in the NFC, but Sunday’s result gives other teams hope.
Meanwhile, at Lucas Oil Stadium, another long streak ended. The Indianapolis Colts finally won a game. With a 27-13 victory over the Titans, Indianapolis avoided becoming the second 0-16 team in NFL history, (Detroit is alone in that regard). The Colts’ defense forced three turnovers, and Donald Brown rushed for 161 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that sealed the deal.
Indy’s defense held Chris Johnson to just 55 yards on the ground.
While those were the most notable upsets of the day, they weren’t the only ones.
The Panthers beat the Texans. Houston was one of four teams that came into the day tied for the No.1 seed in the AFC.
The Seahawks beat the Bears at Soldier Field. Chicago hasn’t won since losing quarterback Jay Cutler to an injury.
The Redskins walked into the Meadowlands and put a dent in the Giants’ playoff hopes.