"I took it from him," Peters said. "You know how you go to the store, and you want something, and your mama tells you you can't have it?"
In this analogy, Peters is presumably Benjamin's mother. It gets better. This is the second straight week Peters punts a ball into the stands. Last week, in Kansas City, he got away with it. This week, every referee in the Eastern time zone threw a flag. After the game, a reporter gave Peters an out, asking if it was just the excitement of the moment that made him punt again.
Adding some spice and symmetry, the play was punctuated by Berry lunging into the end zone just ahead of Newton — with whom he has shared a rivalry and bond since they began competing against each other in middle school near Atlanta.
"I think it was more important that we got the win" than that he got past Newton, Berry said, though smiling and adding, "I think it's pretty cool that people are back at home looking at this game and seeing ‘they came from right here.' ...
"We have a lot of history."
"I thought this thing was going to overtime," Santos said. "I was just hanging out, and I watched Marcus strip the ball. I jumped up to get my helmet."
Santos quickly kicked a couple into the net to warm up on a chilly afternoon. A Spencer Ware run went for 11 yards, and quarterback Alex Smith kept the final offensive snap and fell into the middle of the field at the 18.
Tight ends Travis Kelce and Demetrius Harris crossed, with Kelce going outside. Smith put it on the numbers, and Kelce held the ball out over the goal before stepping in.
"Hats off to those two," Smith said. "There was a two-man game over there. Those two worked on that timing, so I just let them do and they did their thing."
For most of the game on Sunday, the side that wasn't doing its part was the offense. Looking ahead, it will be difficult for the Chiefs to win many games dragging their offense along for the ride, as they had to against the Panthers. The Chiefs’ longest play of the day until the fourth quarter was 12 yards.
Andy Reid speaks with the media following the Chiefs 20-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
Eric Berry speaks with the media following the Chiefs 20-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
Alex Smith speaks with the media following the Chiefs 20-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
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Cairo Santos, Mitch Morse, Marcus Peters, and Dee Ford speak in the locker room following the Chiefs 20-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers
Third-year outside linebacker Dee Ford picked up the first sack of his day and 10th of the season late in the third quarter in the midst of a Panthers drive that took more than 10 minutes off the clock. Ford used his bread-and-butter move—a speed rush off the edge—to corral Newton for a loss of 7 yards and set up a third-and-18 from the Chiefs 28-yard line. On the very next play, rookie defensive lineman Chris Jones sacked Newton for a loss of 12 yards and put the Panthers out of field goal range.
The Chiefs proved all of this again on Sunday during their 20-17 victory over the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers, who held a 98.1 percent chance of winning at one point in the second half, according to ESPN. The Panthers held a 17-3 lead early in the fourth quarter before giving way to a team that just took the win right out of their hands, which became more literal than metaphorical late in a game that won’t soon be forgotten.
F Running backs: Jonathan Stewart didn’t do much, carrying 13 times for 39 yards, with a long of 10. Stewart gave way at the end of the game to Fozzy Whittaker, who caught one pass for 9 yards. The Panthers finished with 99 rushing yards vs. a Kansas City defense that gave up 200 last week to Jacksonville.
The Panthers even went on a 20-play, 10-minute drive that ended with a punt thanks to a crucial 12-yard sack on third down from the 28-yard line. Without that timely sack, the Panthers get at least three points out of it and change the complexion of the game.
But this win, this comeback — which improved the Chiefs’ record to 7-2 entering a home date against Tampa Bay, 4-5 — was more impressive than that. It was on the road, and it was against the defending NFC Champions, who despite their current 3-6 record, had won two straight and were gaining momentum. That momentum certainly didn’t seem likely to stop after they scored the game’s first 17 points due to a smothering defense and ball-control offense guided by the league’s reigning MVP, quarterback Cam Newton.