GREEN BAY, Wis. - Backup quarterback Graham Harrell finally came through with the strong preseason performance the Green Bay Packers were looking for, driving the offense for touchdowns on all three of his possessions in a 24-3 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Harrell completed 13 of 15 passes for 223 yards with two touchdowns in both teams' final tuneup Thursday night.
Second-year running back Alex Green had touchdowns rushing and receiving, and Jarrett Boykin caught a touchdown for the Packers.
Peyton Hillis had 46 yards on six carries early on and the Chiefs rushed for 247 yards.
Defensive tackle B.J. Raji appeared to hurt his left ankle on the Packers' first defensive play, but was able to walk off the field without assistance.
Raji did not return to the game, although it was not clear whether his absence was precautionary.
Cornerback Sam Shields had an interception in the end zone for the Packers.
The two teams had a combined total of 22 penalties, but it seemed an indication of sloppy play rather than mistakes by the replacement officiating crew.
Chiefs starting quarterback Matt Cassel came out of the game a few plays into their second possession. Brady Quinn was 6 of 12 for 83 yards with an interception, while Ricky Stanzi and Alex Tanney struggled to move the ball.
The Chiefs put together several long drives in the first half, but had only a 26-yard field goal by Ryan Succop to show for it. Succop also missed a 54-yarder.
After Aaron Rodgers played the first two series, Harrell took over early in the second quarter, with most of the Packers' backups in the game.
He seemed to gain confidence after Jermichael Finley made an acrobatic catch for a 27-yard gain. Harrell found Tori Gurley wide open for a 54-yard gain on the next play and Green ran in for a 2-yard touchdown two plays later for a 7-3 lead.
Harrell and the Packers got the ball back at their 7-yard line on the next series and Harrell steadily drove them downfield, eventually throwing a pass to Green for a 17-yard touchdown.
"He knows what he's doing," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said, in comments distributed by the team at halftime. "He's had some opportunities. I thought he played well in the first half."
After halftime, Harrell put together another steady drive, hitting Boykin for 21 yards and Brandon Bostick for 14 yards before finding Boykin again for a 12-yard touchdown.
Harrell, a former standout at Texas Tech, came into camp as the Packers' main backup after Matt Flynn signed a free agent deal with Seattle. Flynn subsequently was beaten out by rookie Russell Wilson -- and Harrell struggled in his previous preseason appearances with the Packers.
Coming into Thursday, Harrell had completed 50.8 percent of his passes with a touchdown and two interceptions. However, Harrell has been playing with a second-string offense that has struggled to give him any help, especially in pass protection. He was sacked five times in the first three games.
Although the Packers were linked to a potential trade for Cleveland Browns backup Colt McCoy in the offseason, the team has shown no indications during training camp that it would look elsewhere for a veteran backup.
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