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.