Strange Sunday: Packers lose, Colts win
NFL Sundays in 2011 haven't been any stranger than this one: Green Bay loses and Indianapolis wins.
The Packers' 19-game winning streak, second-longest in NFL history, was snapped with a 19-14 loss at Kansas City, a team that fell by 27 points last weekend. Defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay (13-1) won't have to put up with questions about an undefeated season any more.
"I personally always viewed the undefeated season as, really, just gravy," coach Mike McCarthy said. "The goal was to get home-field advantage and win the Super Bowl. That's what we discussed."
The Packers already own the NFC North title and still have the edge in the conference, two games ahead of New Orleans and 2 1/2 in front of San Francisco, which hosts Pittsburgh on Monday night.
"We were fortunate enough to be in the position to possibly achieve the undefeated season," McCarthy added, "but we still have the primary goal in front of us, and that's to get home-field advantage."
Indy's primary goal in this lost year was to avoid a completely lost season, as in 0-16. That won't happen after the Colts stunned Tennessee 27-13 following 13 straight defeats.
Yes, the Colts finally won one without Peyton Manning.
"I'm happy for a lot of people on this team, for a lot of people in this organization," said Dan Orlovsky, the latest replacement at quarterback for Manning, who hasn't played all season after neck surgery. "It's a lot better than the feeling we've had lately."
Only one team, the 2008 Lions, went 0-16.
"It means a lot, but we're a proud ballclub, so one game out of 13 or 14, we still have a ways to go," defensive end Robert Mathis said. "Everybody held the fort today. We just kept chopping wood and the tree fell today."