December 02, 2012
Chiefs defeat Panthers 27-21
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs snapped an eight-game losing streak today, beating the Carolina Panthers 27-21 for an emotional victory in Arrowhead Stadium.
The game was played one day after Chiefs player Jovan Belcher killed his 22-year old girlfriend then killed himself at the team's practice facility adjacent to Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs held a moment of silence before the game to recognize domestic violence victims.
"I explained to (the players) before the game that this was going to be an emotional game for them," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "We had to match their emotion with an energy level. We had to raise our energy level. They played an inspired football game. They did some really good things."
Ryan Succop kicked a 52-yard field goal with 4:54 remaining to push the Chiefs' lead to six points, forcing the Panthers to score a touchdown to win. The Panthers couldn't make it happen.
The loss dropped the Panthers to 3-9 while the Chiefs improved to 2-10.
The Panthers couldn't get the Chiefs' offense off the field at times, allowing Kansas City to put together a 17-play, 87-yard scoring drive to extend its lead to 24-14. The Chiefs converted a pair of fourth-down plays on the drive while culminated in a two-yard touchdown pass from Brady Quinn to Jon Baldwin.
Quinn completed 19 of 23 passes for 197 yards while Cam Newton completed 15 of 27 for 232 yards. Newton's last pass was a 54-yard completion to Steve Smith at the Kansas City 8-yard line but time had expired.
"It's obviously disappointing. It's all the things we've talked about all season long. Nothing's changed. We've got to figure it out," said Panthers tight end Greg Olsen.
The Chiefs entered the game last in scoring per game in the NFL, averaging just 14.6 points per game.
Down 10, the Panthers responded with an 80-yard touchdown drive keyed by runs of 20 and 28 yards by Newton. He then threw an 8-yard pass to Louis Murphy for a touchdown, cutting the Kansas City lead to 24-21 with 13:21 remaining.
The Chiefs led 17-14 at halftime, scoring on the final play of the second quarter to regain the lead.
Quinn hit tight end Tony Moeaki in the back of the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal, capping an 80-yard drive. The Panthers helped Kansas City with three offsides penalties on the go-ahead drive, including one on defensive end Greg Hardy after the Panthers had stopped Kansas City on third down.
Newton, coming off his best game of the season in a Monday night win at Philadelphia, continued his hot streak by posting a 140 passer rating in the first half.
Newton found tight end Greg Olsen down the middle of the field for a 47-yard scoring strike in the first quarter, then hit wideout Steve Smith for a 23-yard score in the second quarter.-- Ron Green Jr
Posted by Observer Sports on December 2, 2012 at 04:00 PM | Permalink
I was actually going to change my profile picture to a Carolina Panthers picture, but not after getting their tails kicked by the worst team in the league!! Fire everybody!! Go Texans, a team that actually knows how to win!
Posted by: Gary | Dec 2, 2012 4:01:01 PM
I'm done. They suck...
Posted by: Roger | Dec 2, 2012 4:27:16 PM
@ Gary Who cares if you change your picture I'm so sick of the negative comments from some of your fans. Just go away we don't need you.Along with any other fan who does not want to support this team. Good win KC. Offense played good, yes, that drop by Lafell was a game changer but we are still a work in progress. I support coach Rivera and like where this is going in the future. Don't forget you have to crawl before you walk.
Posted by: Ryan | Dec 2, 2012 4:30:27 PM
i never thought that the colts would have a better record than us....this team is cursed
Posted by: letha johnson | Dec 2, 2012 4:37:42 PM
Someone should teach our supposed quarterback how to throw a 10 yard pass
Posted by: Tyre. Taylor | Dec 2, 2012 4:42:52 PM
The Butler Bulldogs should talk to the Carolina Panthers and teach them how to win
Posted by: KENJ | Dec 2, 2012 4:49:23 PM
This is the most incompetent coaching staff in the league. The team no longer cares and now neither do I. Screw Hurney Rivera and Richardson I hope you set a low attendance record next week. This is no longer watchable.
Posted by: manu4t | Dec 2, 2012 4:53:44 PM
@Ryan, I'm actually with you normally. I've never lived in the Carolinas but have supported this team from day 1. A 10 minute drive by the worst team in the league is completely unacceptable and I can't remember when this team showed any life at all in the last 2 minutes of any game. I don't see how this coaching staff survives this.
Posted by: Gary | Dec 2, 2012 4:57:49 PM
if you support Rivera you are part of the problem!
Posted by: joe cool | Dec 2, 2012 5:06:29 PM
@Roger: I do not blame any fan for being disgruntled. There is no excuse for this team to be so much worse than it was last year. Down is not an acceptable direction.
Posted by: d2edwards | Dec 2, 2012 6:29:00 PM
Explain to me how d'angelo gets 5.6 a carry and 12 carries. You cannot be serious. Jamal charles gets 127 yards because he gets 27 carries. They controlled the clock, didn't punt much and won. We ran the ball well yet still passed the ball more with less results. They lived on check downs while we were chucking deep incompletions all day. I'm all about taking a shot or 2 downfield but jesus this coaching staff is horrible.
How do you justify punting on 4th and 4 with less than 4 minutes to go and 2 timeouts and they've been running the ball strong? So the best case scenario is you get the ball back where you punt from but with less time and no timeouts. The worst case is that you don't get the ball back. It's your offense making 1 play of 4 yards vs your defense holding them to 3.3 per for 3 straight plays. This guy does not understand probability, risk, strategy, diversion, nothing.
They ran the ball 43 times, we ran the ball 23 times. We got 2x as much per carry and lost. Again. The losses mean higher draft pick at this point, but the talent on this team has not been the problem.
I am extremely afraid that new gm means williams and stewart will be gone and they have NOTHING to do with their lack of output this year. It's disgusting. Read option has meant: cam keeps it when it looks good and they get it when it looks bad. That'll help stats.
Posted by: charlottean | Dec 2, 2012 7:50:29 PM
Carolina you have all the potential in the world. you just faced a KC team that for the 1st time this year, had a almost perfect game. Cam is a QB to build around! be patient, doubt Chiefs will win again this year.
Posted by: Jeff KC | Dec 3, 2012 1:04:40 PM
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