The offensive play by the Chiefs was abysmal all day long. Alex Smith end the game 25/38 with 178 yards and an interception. The Chiefs went just 2 for 12 on third down and did not score and were unable to score an offensive touchdown all game. This is the second week in row that the Chiefs have failed to convert third downs with under 30 percent success rate this week. This needs to change if the Chiefs have any hopes of making a deep playoff run. Despite poor play by the offense, Tyreek Hill had another big day and continues to make a name for himself. Hill finished the day with 10 catches for 89 yards.
The Chiefs defense got off to a rocky start and had trouble stopping the Panthers offense, allowing two touchdowns and field goal in the first half. However, Santos got the Chiefs on the board with a 47-yard field goal as the second quarter came to an end, making it 17-3 at the half.
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On the Panthers first drive of the second half, they were slowly moving down the field and took over 10 minutes of the clock on the drive. The drive ended in back-to-back sacks by Dee Ford and Chris Jones forcing the Panthers to punt. If Dee Ford continues to play like this, the Chiefs are looking to have an extremely dominant pass rush upon Houston’s return.
The Chiefs defense had two huge fourth-quarter turnovers that ended up deciding the game. Eric Berry picked off a Cam Newton pass and returned it for a touchdown. The first was an Eric Berry pick returned for a touchdown. The Chiefs converted a two-point conversion after the pick-six to make it a 3-point game.
The other turnover was an absolutely spectacular strip by Marcus Peters with just 20 seconds left in the game. After the turnover by Peters, Cairo Santos kicked a game winning filed goal giving the Chiefs a 20-17 win. Santos was another positive this game going a perfect 4/4, scoring the Chiefs only offensive points in the game.
This game 100% goes to the defense for shutting out the Panthers in the second half and continuing to make key turnovers.
The Chiefs move to 7-2 and now sit alone at the top of the AFC West. They will be back in Arrowhead next week looking to continue their winning streak against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.