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Chiefs vs. Panthers Post Game Gab


Whatever momentum the Chiefs had in their corner after the Broncos victory was just wiped away by the Carolina Panthers as they defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 34-0. The scoreboard does not really give the game justice it was not even that close, the Chiefs were dominated at every position on the field.

If the Panthers would not have let up in the fourth quarter they could have covered a forty point spread. The Chiefs came out flat and could not match the Panthers energy level throughout the game, the Panthers seemingly got the Chiefs to roll over and die.

The Panthers took the lead with 8:30 left in the fist quarter on a 10 yard DeAnglo Williams touchdown run. On the ensuing Carolina drive they would once again get inside the Chiefs 20 yard line only to fumble on a Jonathon Stewart carry that was stripped away by Rookie DT Glen Dorsey.


The turnover would go for not as the Chiefs struggled to move the ball all day, losing the time of possession battle 38:54 to 21:06 and was out gained in total offensive yards 127 to 441. The Chiefs gave up 200 yards rushing for the third time in five games and are on pace to give up 2900 yards rushing to opposing defenses for the season.

After another Chiefs 3 and out Jake Delhomme would take the Panthers down the field on a 7 play drive, capitalizing with another DeAnglo Williams touchdown this time on a 25 yard reception. The Panthers would score one more time before halftime to put them up 21-0.

After the opening kickoff of the second half Damon Huard would fumble on the first play from scrimmage, after being stripped by all-pro Julius Peppers. With the benefit of great field position the Panthers would once again turn the ball over in the red zone. Jake Delhomme was picked off by Jarrod Page from the five yard line on a pass intended for Steve Smith.

On the very next play QB Damon Huard would give the ball right back, being picked off by MLB Jon Beason. Making 2 plays for Huard, 2 turnovers. Despite the good field position the Panthers could not advance the football and settled for a 32 yard Jon Kasay field goal to put the score at 24-0.

The Chiefs and Panthers would trade punts until the 4 minute mark of the third quarter, When Jake Delhomme hit receiver Mushin Muhammad with a 47 yard touchdown strike increasing the lead to a unattainable 31-0.

Carolina would add one more field goal early in the fourth quarter to finish their onslaught against the Chiefs at 34-0. Tyler Thigpen would takeover quarterbacking duties for the Chiefs in the fourth quarter, leading the Chiefs on 3 drives managing to get 2 first downs. The Chiefs as a whole had only 8 first downs.

The Chiefs will be hard pressed to find any positives to take out of this game, they lost at every aspect of the game time of possession, turnover battle, rushing yards, total yards, field position, third down conversion. The Chiefs simply were not ready to play football on Sunday it does not get any easier for the Chiefs as they enter a six game stretch in which they face likely playoff contenders.

Grading the Keys to the Game

Find a third receiver: The Chiefs are no where closer to finding a third option in the passing game after this game than they were before this game. The stat line for receivers not named Gonzalez or Bowe was 2 catches for 22 yards. Somebody has to emerge from this group whether it be Will Franklin or Jeff Webb or newly signed receiver Mark Bradley. Defenses know the Chiefs only have so many options to look for in the passing game and are double covering the Chiefs main targets. With this young receiving core not being able to get separation the quarterback has nowhere to go with the ball, often leading to coverage sacks or interceptions.

Grade: F-

Keep L.J. angry: After having a couple of hot games that positioned him into the top five in rushing yards in the AFC Johnson was a complete non factor against Carolina. Johnson?s stat line for the game was 7 carries for 2 yards, it is hard to put this performance on Johnson with only seven carries the Chiefs did not give him a shot to be a factor in the game. With the Chiefs down multiple scores for a majority of the game the Chiefs were forced to pass a lot, but seven carries even in that situation is low for a running back of L.J.?s stature. Jamal Charles and Dontrell Savage combined for five carries why didn?t those carries go to L.J.?

Grade: F


Get a lead early:
The Chiefs did hold the Panthers on their opening possession and put their selves in a position to have the first lead of the game but faulty offensive play derailed any hopes the Chiefs had of ever getting the lead. The Chiefs paid dearly for not taking the early lead as the Chiefs were forced into obvious passing situations and could only get Larry Johnson 7 carries on the ground. The Panthers took advantage of the passing situations and the Chiefs under matched offensive line to the tune of 2 interceptions, 3 sacks and a forced fumble on Damon Huard.

Grade: F


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