1:00 PM ET, December 2, 2012
Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Romeo Crennel stood in the middle of the Kansas City Chiefs' locker room Sunday, the emotion threatening to overcome the good-natured coach.Chiefs owner Clark Hunt was at his side, offering support. Members of the team hugged each other, the mud smearing with tears on their cheeks. And over along the wall stood the empty locker that once belonged to Jovan Belcher, his jersey still hanging from a hook.Just one day after the linebacker killed his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself, the Chiefs banded together to play their finest game of the season, an inspired 27-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers that ended an eight-game losing streak suddenly rendered trivial.
Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers (hamstring), S Abe Elam (left leg) and LB Derrick Johnson (left hamstring) left the game with injuries. Carolina lost LB James Anderson (eye), Murphy (foot) and S Sherrod Martin (right knee) during the game. ... Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe caught four passes to move into third place in franchise history with 413 catches. ... Carolina has attempted 11 FGs this season.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||7.5||5.3|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-0||0-0|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||11:53||Peyton Hillis 2 Yard Run (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 74 yds, 3:11
|TD||8:55||Greg Olsen 47 Yard Pass From Cam Newton (Graham Gano Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 75 yds, 3:03
|FG||3:25||Ryan Succop 42 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 11 plays, 56 yds, 5:26
|TD||13:34||Steve Smith 23 Yard Pass From Cam Newton (Graham Gano Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yds, 4:53
|TD||0:02||Tony Moeaki 1 Yard Pass From Brady Quinn (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 80 yds, 7:25
|TD||2:56||Jonathan Baldwin 3 Yard Pass From Brady Quinn (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 17 plays, 87 yds, 9:56
|TD||13:26||Louis Murphy 8 Yard Pass From Cam Newton (Graham Gano Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yds, 4:31
|FG||4:59||Ryan Succop 52 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 6 plays, 39 yds, 2:36
QBR: Brady Quinn posted a 97.6 Total QBR in Sunday's win over the Panthers, his career high as a starter. Quinn had never previously had a single-game QBR above 80 as a starter and hadn't had a game above 60 since Week 15 of 2009.
Brady Quinn completed 19 of his 23 passes against the Panthers. His completion percentage of 82.6 set the franchise record (min. 20 attempts).[+]
With 78 rush yards so far against the Chiefs, Cam Newton is the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for at least 500 yards in each of his first two seasons.
The Chiefs scored a touchdown on their opening drive of the game for the first time since December 26, 2010. FROM ELIAS: They had gone 28 straight weeks without scoring a touchdown on their opening drive, the longest active streak in the NFL.
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