Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 12/21/11
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Yes, it's true. The previously undefeated Green Bay Packers did lose to the Kansas City Chiefs. In that game, the Packers' defense didn't create any turnovers, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed less than 50 percent of his passes, both of which happened for the first time this season. But if there are any NFL teams who think that the Chiefs have discovered the blueprint to defeating Green Bay, well, the 13-1 Packers think they better continue working on their game plan. "I think it's bologna," Rodgers said Wednesday. "If you control the football, you don't turn the ball over and you can shut the other team down on third down and hold them to 14 points, you should win the game. Other teams have played similar styles of coverages and ideas of rushing four and dropping seven and we beat those teams. We just didn't execute well, they did. They controlled the football, they didn't turn it over to our defense, and I don't care who's playing who, that's a recipe for success." Green Bay was without No. 1 wide receiver Greg Jennings in Kansas City due to a sprained MCL, but the Packers still have weapons like Jordy Nelson, who leads the team in receiving yards and touchdowns. However, Nelson was held to two catches and 29 yards while committing two offensive pass interference penalties. "What Kansas City did, teams have tried," Nelson said. "We were a little undermanned, and we didn't perform the way we needed to perform across the board. I don't think there's very many guys in here that were happy with their performance." The constants that led Green Bay to a 19-game winning streak that extended back to last season's playoff run and Super Bowl victory were a strong passing game and creating turnovers on defense. This season, Rodgers has thrown 40 touchdown passes and only six interceptions, the best ratio in the league. The Packers' defense has an NFL-best 27 interceptions, which is six more than the next-highest team. When the Chiefs succeeded in stopping Green Bay in those two areas, they were able to win. "There's no blueprint to beat anyone, to tell you the truth," tight end Jermichael Finley said. "(Kansas City) didn't do nothing (special). They were just juiced up and came ready to play. That's the bottom line to that. We should've came out and tried to match that intensity, but we didn't and they rolled over the top of us." Four seasons ago, the New England Patriots went 16-0 in the regular season but lost in the Super Bowl while trying to finish 19-0. So, while the Packers may eventually look back after the season is over and realize that this loss was beneficial in the long run to lessen the attention on their team, no players are ready to think that way yet. "I think what Vince Lombardi said once, Show me a person who's OK with losing and I'll show you a loser' or something to that effect," Rodgers said. "So I've never been OK with losing. A loss is not a good loss. I don't know what that means. "To the outside world, people will probably think it takes pressure off of us and we don't have to talk about undefeated' and that stuff, but I like the challenge of people talking about us and pulling for us to get beat and thinking we're not going to be able to accomplish something. That's kind of what made us great the last two years." However, with all of the media attention surrounding the Green Bay locker room in recent weeks, it did become overwhelming for some. "It was starting to become a bit too much," Finley said. Both Finley and Nelson said that they have completely tuned out any sports coverage in recent weeks, especially since Sunday's loss. "One minute you're on top, then one minute you're the worst team in the NFL," Finley said. "That's terrible to me. One week you can be god and the next week you're the devil. It's crazy stuff. It's ridiculous." Even though Nelson hasn't actually heard what has been said about the team since losing, he thinks he has a pretty good guess as to what those discussions sound like. "We told you all along this is how you're supposed to beat the Packers,'" Nelson said. "I mean, yeah, get pressure on the quarterback, guys drop balls, don't run good routes, that's the typical recipe for a loss." One loss or not, the Packers are still one win away from clinching home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. They can accomplish that with a win on Christmas night at Lambeau Field over the division-rival Chicago Bears. A Green Bay victory would also eliminate the Bears from playoff contention. "Chicago's not going to come in here on Sunday and feel sorry for us," Nelson said. Follow Paul Imig on Twitter
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