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Granted their first string star running back Jamaal Charles was on the injured list and didn’t go to Carolina, but what happened to receivers Knile Davis, D’Anthony Thomas, Albert Wilson, Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce? Penalty wipe-out.
First string Chief quarterback Alex Smith played for the first half, and on his first possession only managed to set up a field goal. And what field goal it was. Ryan Succop kicked a 54-yard field goal to put the Chiefs on the scoreboard, 3-0. Succop has been the Chief’s “can do” man, and if they drop him for rookie Cairo Santos someone needs their head examined.
Panthers first string quarterback Cam Newton got sacked in the first quarter and so did Alex Smith. By the end of the first half the best the Chiefs could do was kick another field goal; the Panthers went to touchdown city twice to make the score at half-time 14-6.
Chiefs came back out ready to go in the second half with second string quarterback Chase Daniels, a former Mizzou Tiger, and scored another Ryan Succop field goal to make the score 14-9.
On their next play with rookie quarterback Aaron Murray on the field the Chiefs scored again as Murray launched a 43-yard touchdown pass to rookie Travis Kelce to momentarily make the score 16-14.
Panther running back Fozzy Whitaker got to the Chief’s 11 yard line at the end of the third quarter and with a passed pass from Derek Anderson the Panthers went ahead with the score 21-16.
Still in the third quarter Chief’s Murray threw an interception that put the icing on the cake for the Panthers with another touchdown to make it 28-16.
The fourth quarter was a lackluster event for the Chiefs who went to punt out city and got stuck in a Panther net and watched Panthers take a knee.
The Chiefs next play the Minnesota Vikings Aug. 23 at Arrowhead. The Vikings defeated the Arizona Cardinals 30-28 Saturday and defeated the Oakland Raiders 10-6 on Aug. 8. The Chiefs have not played the Vikings in the previous two seasons.