NFL Game Summary - Carolina at Kansas City|
(Sunday, December 2nd)
Final Score: Kansas City 27, Carolina 21
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - An already challenging season for the
Kansas City Chiefs only got tougher following Saturday's tragic events.
But the show went on.
And somehow the Chiefs avoided tying their longest losing streak in franchise
A day after linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend before taking
his own life at the team's facility, the Chiefs resiliently took the field
and downed the Carolina Panthers, 27-21, snapping their eight-game slide.
"As far as playing the game, I thought that was the best for us to do, because
that's what we do," Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel said. "That's what we do,
we play on Sunday."
On Saturday, Belcher shot his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra M. Perkins,
multiple times after the two had argued at home. Minutes after the first
shooting, Belcher drove to the Chiefs' training facility at Arrowhead Stadium
and spoke with team personnel, including Crennel and general manager Scott
Pioli, before taking his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot.
The couple leaves behind their three-month-old daughter, an orphan.
Despite witnessing the suicide of Belcher, Crennel was on the sideline.
The Chiefs conducted a moment of silence prior to the game for all victims of
Belcher was in his fourth year with the Chiefs after signing as an undrafted
free agent out of Maine. He started 10 of the 11 games he had played this
season and registered 38 tackles.
Brady Quinn threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns on 19-of-23 efficiency for
the Chiefs (2-10), who avoided joining the 1987 and 2007 Chiefs as the only
teams to lose nine straight games in franchise history.
Jamaal Charles carried the ball 27 times for 127 yards in the win.
Cam Newton completed 15-of-27 passes for 232 yards and three scores, while
adding 78 yards on the ground for the Panthers (3-9), who downed the
Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.
"They played an inspired football game," Carolina head coach Ron Rivera said.
"They did some really good things, and we have to give them credit, because
they suffered through a very difficult time."
Kansas City took its opening possession of the contest 74 yards in just six
plays before Peyton Hillis rumbled in for a 2-yard score and the Chiefs' first
score on their first drive of a game since Dec. 26, 2010.
Following the touchdown, Hillis ran to the sideline and gave Crennel the
football before giving the hefty coach a bear hug.
The Panthers quickly answered when Greg Olsen capped a 6-play, 75-yard march
with a 47-yard TD catch.
Ryan Succop booted through a 42-yard field goal, but Carolina countered again
when Newton converted three third downs, the last being a 23-yard TD pass to
Steve Smith in the back left corner of the end zone on 3rd-and-3 for a 14-10
Panthers advantage early in the second.
The Chiefs finished the half with one of their most impressive treks all
season. They took the remaining 7:25 off the clock and went 80 yards in 13
The elongated march was capped when Crennel went for it on 4th-and-1 from the
1-yard line with two ticks left and Quinn found Tony Moeaki in the back of the
end zone, which made it 17-14 in favor of the hosts at the break.
Kansas City had another prolonged march in the third quarter, this one going
87 yards in 17 plays, while taking 9:56 off the clock.
Quinn concluded the march when he flipped a 3-yard score to Jon Baldwin and
extend the margin to 24-14.
Carolina answered with an 11-play, 80-yard drive, which concluded when Newton
found Louis Murphy for an 8-yard score, which cut the deficit to 24-21.
Succop increased the Chiefs' cushion when he drilled a 52-yard field goal with
4:54 to play.
Carolina then went three-and-out, the first time either team had done that all
game, and didn't regain possession until 18 ticks showed on the clock.
Newton completed a Hail Mary pass to Smith for a 53-yard gain on the last play
of the contest, but Smith was brought down at the 8-yard line.
Carolina was seeking its third straight win in the series ... Dwayne Bowe had
64 yards on four catches for the Chiefs ... Carolina outgained Kansas City,
385-355 ... Smith had five catches for 120 yards.
12/02 18:06:15 ET