(KANSAS CITY, MO.) — Just one day after linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself, the Kansas City Chiefs put together their best game of the season, a 27-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
“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, tears forming in the corners of his eyes. “We’re football players and football coaches and that’s what we do, we play on Sunday.”
Brady Quinn played his best game in a long time for the Chiefs, (2-10) throwing for 206 yards and two touchdowns. This was the team’s first win at Arrowhead Stadium all season.
Belcher shot himself in the parking lot of the stadium in front of Crennel, general manager Scott Pioli and other team staff members.
Cam Newton threw for 232 yards and three touchdowns for the Panthers, who dropped to 3-9 with the loss. They were informed that the game would be played as scheduled when they were traveling to Kansas City on Saturday.
This was a game of lead changes. The Panthers led 14-10 in the second quarter before Quinn hit Tony Moeaki for a one-yard touchdown to take the lead for good.
The Panthers got to within 24-21 before the Chiefs went on one of their best drives of the season. A clock-eating drive that resulted in a Ryan Succop field goal to put the game out of reach.
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News