Kansas City Chiefs (1-10) vs. Carolina Panthers (3-8)
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 - 12:00 p.m. CT Arrowhead Stadium
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THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP
The Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers meet in an inter-conference matchup on Sunday, Dec. 2 with a 12 p.m. kickoff at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs will close out a three-game home stretch vs. the Panthers before the team hits the road for its next two contests.
The Chiefs enter the contest with a 1-10 record and are coming off of a 17-9 loss to the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. Despite holding Denver’s high-powered offense to fewer than 20 points for the first time this season, Kansas City was unable to overcome a late third quarter touchdown pass from Broncos QB Peyton Manning to WR Demaryius Thomas, which was Manning’s second TD pass of the day. The Chiefs offense was able to keep the ball away from Manning and company, controlling the clock for most of the game however, the team was forced to settle for three field goals from K Ryan Succop. On offense, RB Jamaal Charles notched 107 rushing yards, marking his fourth game this season with 100 or more rushing yards and the 14th of his career.
On the defensive side of the ball, LB Justin Houston recorded 2.0 sacks and four quarterback pressures. CB Brandon Flowers recorded his third interception of the season and four members of the club tied for the team lead with five solo tackles each.
The Panthers enter Sunday’s game with a 3-8 record after a victory on Monday Night Football against the Philadelphia Eagles. Carolina QB Cam Newton accounted for four TDs, completing18 passes for 306 yards and two TDs through the air. He also ran for 52 yards and two TDs. Newton’s favorite target this season has been TE Greg Olsen, who leads the team with 49 receptions for 589 yards and three TDs. RBs Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams split carries for the Panthers. Stewart has carried the ball 93 times for 336 yards (3.6 avg.) with a TD. Williams has rushed 91 times for 292 yards (3.2 avg.) with three TDs.
On the defensive side of the ball, CB Captain Munnerlyn leads the club in interceptions this season, recording two interceptions for 107 yards, returning both for touchdowns. Rookie MLB Luke Kuechly leads the club with 128 tackles and DE Charles Johnson has recorded 8.5 sacks on the season.
This weekend’s game will mark the fifth regular season meeting between the two clubs and the third meeting at Arrowhead Stadium. Following Sunday’s contest vs. Carolina, the Chiefs travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Dec. 9.
CHIEFS-PANTHERS SERIES HISTORY
The Chiefs are 2-2 in regular season action against the Panthers. The two clubs last met on Oct. 5, 2008 at Bank of America Stadium when Carolina defeated Kansas City 34-0. The shutout was one of only two times the Chiefs have been held scoreless in the last decade with the other coming in 2010 in San Diego. Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams rushed for 123 yards and two TDs, while QB Jake Delhomme threw for two TDs.
The Panthers have won the last two meetings, including a 28-17 victory at Arrowhead Stadium (9/19/04). Carolina scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to overcome a 17-14 Chiefs lead. RB DeShaun Foster rushed 32 times for 174 yards, including a career-long 71-yard burst to set up a go-ahead TD.
Kansas City registered a 15-14 win vs. Carolina at Arrowhead (12/10/00) as head coaches and longtime friends Gunther Cunningham and George Seifert squared off. QB Elvis Grbac racked up 315 yards, including a six- yard TD to TE Tony Gonzalez (10-96, 1 TD). Kansas City overcame a 14-3 deficit with a 33-yard K Todd Peterson FG providing the winning margin in the contest.
Kansas City’s initial meeting with the Panthers was in Carolina’s second season of existence after entering the league as an expansion franchise in 1996. The Chiefs won that contest by a 35-14 decision in Carolina (9/21/97). FB Kimble Anders caught a 55-yard TD pass from QB Elvis Grbac early in the first quarter to set the tone of the game. The Chiefs defense picked off four QB Kerry Collins passes, returning one for a TD.
The Chiefs hold a 76-67-2 all-time advantage over NFC opponents.