I really can't put my finger on how exactly the Panthers lost this game. It was certainly a team effort as the defense could not get on the field and the offense couldn't stay on it as ineptitude abounded.
QB Cam Newton didn't play bad, statistically he had a pretty good stat line: 15 for 27 223 yds and 3 TDs and 78 yards rushing 0 turnovers. DeAngelo Williams ran the ball well enough, going 67 yards on 12 carries for a 4.5 ypc average. The Panthers got a lot of contributions on offense but they just couldn't finish enough drives though they went 6 for 10 on 3rd down. In the end they just didn't get the ball enough
That was because the defense couldn't stop the unheralded Brady Quinn who had a career day going 19 for 23 for 201 yards and 2 TDs. RB Jamal Charles put up 127 yards rushing and Peyton Hills added a rushing TD. The Chiefs went 6 for 14 on 3rd down while also going 3 for 3 on 4th down as they wore down the defense with long drives. The defense just couldn't get off the field as the Chiefs consumed 37 minutes of clock to the Panthers 23.
Most surprising was the Panthers inability to get pressure on Brady. They finished with one sack and only got a few hits on Brady. He did throw a lot of check downs but it worked to keep the chains moving. Once again the Panthers soft zone suffered the death of a 1,000 small cuts.
Other key Panther player performances:
- TE Greg Olsen scored from 47 yards out
- WR Steve Smith added 120 yards and a beauty 23 yard TD; I have to mention he got 53 on the Hail Mary at the end of the game
- LB Thomas Davis led the defense with 11 tackles
- LB Luke Kuechly added 9 tackles and the Panthers only sack
Panther Player of the game in the loss to the Chiefs:
Cam Newton (234 votes)
Steve Smith (56 votes)
Luke Kuechly (35 votes)
Thomas Davis (25 votes)
Greg Olsen (2 votes)
DeAngelo Williams (19 votes)
371 total votes