He'll play outstanding for quite a bit of the game, throwing accurately and going through his reads properly only to squander it all with something you'd expect of a rookie quarterback and not the reigning MVP. The ball hung in the air, and Berry swooped in front of Greg Olsen to record the interception.

The Kansas City Chiefs will look to draw even with the idle Oakland Raiders atop the AFC West standings when they visit the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

The Carolina Panthers ran into uncharted territory to face a familiar foe. He spun once, twice and then started up the other sideline. Berry did not return the favor - at least on the field.

"Coach kept calling my number, " Newton said.

"When it came", he said, "I just wanted to make it count". Regardless, they kicked the game-winning field goal to seal the win.

That was the beginning of a collapse that ended with the Chiefs winning 20-17 on a last-second field goal following a fumble by Carolina wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. If the Chiefs can't slow down a running game led by RB Jonathan Stewart and QB Cam Newton, the Panthers have a good shot to extend their win streak to three. While Kansas City is ninth best in average points per game allowed, they also have let up the eighth most rushing yards with an average of 124 yards allowed per game. The Chiefs will be a real test to determine whether or not Carolina is the team that we thought they were heading into the season. Under center for the Chiefs will be Alex Smith, who missed the past week while under concussion protocol.

Nothing, though, was worse than his attempt at two forward passes on the same play. His instincts took over and, like most quarterbacks in that situation, he caught his own pass.

More news: Trump win boosts coal, hits renewable stocks

"An incompletion potentially could have been better", Smith said. But they were winners of two straight entering the contest, and after a dominant first half they appeared to be well on their way to their third straight victory. They built a 17-3 lead with a healthy run-pass balance and few third-down situations.

The Panthers had a 20-play drive in the third quarter that took more than 10 minutes off the clock, but came away with no points. They reached the Chiefs' 28-yard line, but Newton was sacked for a 12-yard loss on third down, forcing Carolina to punt.

The Chiefs put together a 11 play drive but were stopped again by the Panthers defense and could only tack on another Cairo Santos field goal. That's the thing: "We're just sitting at that halfway spot". Peters ripped the ball from his arms and returned it to the Carolina 24. "Instead, Newton fired to Benjamin on a slant, and Peters stripped the 6' 5" first-round pick of the ball. I think he's probably gotten stronger since we've gotten him.

When it's all said and done, Eric Berry and Marcus Peters stepped up. You have to be relentless within the play, and then relentless within the game.

"There's no way in our league that you can be an effective rusher unless you're just relentless". Berry's score - and the Chiefs' ensuing 2-point conversion - pulled Kansas City to 17-14 and completely changed momentum.

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera was the linebackers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, under current Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who held the same position in Philadelphia from 1999-2012. "I feel I could have went anywhere else easily and recorded plenty of sacks with more opportunities".


COMMENTS