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December 02, 2012

Panthers get first lead of game with Smith touchdown, lead 14-10

Score: Panthers 14, Chiefs 10

Scoring play: A 23-yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton to Steve Smith.

Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 4:53.

Key play: DeAngelo Williams has been bottled up this game, his first as a starter in eight weeks. He hit an 11-yard gain on second down to get Carolina on the Chiefs' 30-yard line. 

Time of game: 13:27 in the second quarter.

Worth mentioning: With his catches today, Steve Smith is now 26th on the NFL's all-time career receiving yards list. He passed Chad Johnson in the first quarter. The touchdown was his 61st of his career. Also, James Anderson is questionable to return with an eye injury.

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Score: Chiefs 10, Panthers 7

Scoring play: A 42-yard field goal by Ryan Succup.

Drive: 10 plays, 56 yards, 5:26.

Key play: A 16-yard rush by Jamaal Charles. Charles found a hole in the Panthers' porous defensive line and exploited it for 16 yards from the Chiefs' 40. At that time he had five carries for 49 yards.

Time of game: 3:20 in the first quarter.

Worth mentioning: James Anderson went down after the Chiefs were unable to convert on third down. He appeared to have been poked in the eye, and after a brief time on the ground he walked off under his own power.

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Score: Panthers 7, Chiefs 7

Scoring play: A 47-yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton to Greg Olsen.

Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 3:03

Key play: A 9-yard rush by Mike Tolbert on 3-and-1. After two straight rushes by DeAngelo Williams got the Panthers in their first third-down situation of the game, Newton handed to the fullback who powered for nine yards to the other side of the 50.

Time of game: 8:46 in the first quarter.

Worth mentioning: The Panthers lost the coin toss earlier in the game. That makes the team 0-12 on opening-game coin tosses and 0-13 all season long. The chances of losing 13 coin tosses is 1-in-8,192.

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Score: Chiefs 7, Panthers 0

Scoring play: A 2-yard touchdown rush by Peyton Hillis.

Drive: 6 plays, 74 yards, 3:11

Key play: A 21-yard pass from Brady Quinn to Dwayne Bowe. Off a play action after Jamaal Charles had plenty of success on the ground, Quinn found Bowe in the zone part of the secondary to get the Chiefs in Panther territory.

Time of game: 11:49 in the first quarter.

Worth mentioning: That was the first opening drive touchdown for the Chiefs all season. Kansas City entered the game with only 13 touchdowns in 11 games.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on December 2, 2012 at 01:11 PM | Permalink

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