KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The closest that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Chiefs counterpart Alex Smith got to the field Thursday night was the sideline, both teams electing to let their backups play things out in their final preseason game.
Third-string quarterback Tyler Bray took advantage of the opportunity.
The undrafted rookie from Tennessee threw for 169 yards and three touchdowns, leading Kansas City to a 30-8 victory over Green Bay as both teams rested their starters for the regular season.
"Tyler did a nice job for a young guy stepping in," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "Most series he put us in some form of a scoring position, whether it was a field goal or a touchdown."
Bray hit Junior Hemingway for his first touchdown pass late in the first half, and connected with Josh Bellamy and Frankie Hammond Jr. for TDs in the second half, outplaying Chiefs backup QB Chase Daniel and Packers backups Vince Young and B.J. Coleman.
"I'm so proud of him, man. He finally got a chance to play and show what he's got," Daniel said. "We all knew what he could do physically, but mentally he was on point. He played a heck of a game and I'm so proud of him."
Young continues to struggle in the Packers offense. He was just 14 of 30 for 144 yards while fumbling twice, losing one of them. Coleman was just 2 of 7 for 19 yards and an interception.
"I could have made some better throws," Young said, "but overall I feel like with the reps and the game time, there are things I can go back and watch on film and it's definitely going to help."
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said his priority was to get tape of his backups before Saturday's deadline to trim the roster to 53 players, and in that respect he got what he wanted.
"It's something we'll have to take a hard look at," McCarthy said, when asked to grade Young's performance. "There was a lot of communication going on, which is normal when you get into this fourth game. Pass protection, run blocking, things weren't very clean for us."
That could be expected with most of the big names wearing baseball caps and floppy hats.