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Final score: Chiefs edge Panthers 33-31, enter bye week 8-1

Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce each finished with more than 100 receiving yards.

NFL: Carolina Panthers at Kansas City Chiefs Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs rallied from a 14-3 deficit to defeat the Carolina Panthers 33-31 at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. The Chiefs improved to 8-1 entering their bye week, while the Panthers dropped to 3-6. Panthers kicker Joey Slye missed a 67-yard field goal wide right as time expired.

The Panthers appeared to have the game well in control until midway through the third quarter. Leading 17-13, Panthers safety Sam Franklin sacked quarterback Patrick Mahomes on third-and-15 in Carolina territory, and kicker Harrison Butker missed a 48-yard field goal.

But a 51-yard miss by Butker’s counterpart Joey Slye would give the Chiefs good starting field position at their own 41-yard line in the third quarter. On third-and-7 at the Kansas City 44, Mahomes hit tight end Travis Kelce deep down the field for a 44-yard gain. Kelce had 12 catches for 159 yards on the day.

Two plays later, Mahomes connected with running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire on a play-fake and 4-yard touchdown, putting Kansas City up 20-17. The Chiefs extended their lead to 26-17 on a 28-yard pass to Tyreek Hill in the fourth quarter.

The Chiefs then had their first opportunity to put the game away as the Panthers faced fourth-and-14 from the Kansas City 46. But Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater scrambled ahead for 15 yards to convert the first down. A few plays later, he scrambled another 4 yards for a touchdown, cutting the Chiefs’ lead to 26-24.

Mahomes’ second touchdown to Hill on the next drive did the trick. Mahomes finished 30 of 45 for 372 yards and four touchdowns. He became the fastest player in NFL history to 100 touchdowns, and with the four, enters the bye with 25 on the season. Hill had also had a nice day — finishing with nine catches for 113 yards and the two scores.

Running back Christian McCaffrey’s 1-yard touchdown with less than two minutes left to cut the score to two came just too late.

Carolina came out of the gate playing aggressively, understanding that they would need to score touchdowns to beat the Chiefs. On back-to-back drives to open the game, the Panthers opted to go for it on fourth down.

In the first quarter on fourth-and-3, Bridgewater hit McCaffrey for a 9-yard touchdown. McCaffrey, playing for the first after missing six games due to an ankle injury, leaked out to Bridgewater’s left and was wide open for the score.

On the Panthers’ next drive, punter Joseph Charlton pulled out his best Tommy Townsend impression, faking a punt on fourth-and-7 and throwing a 28-yard pass to wide receiver Brandon Zylstra. The Panthers kept the ball and scored another touchdown on a 14-yard flip to Curtis Samuel, taking a 14-3 lead.

When the Chiefs stalled on their next drive around midfield, Butker kept them on pace with a 55-yard field goal. The Chiefs defense managed its first stop on the next possession, and Chalrton shanking the punt gave Mahomes and the Chiefs the ball with a short field.

Almost exclusively featuring Kelce and Hill, Mahomes worked the ball to the 1-yard line. On the goal line, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid called a crafty quarterback motion play, which led to a touchdown from Mahomes to wide receiver Demarcus Robinson. Panthers kicker Joey Slye added a 47-yard field goal for a 17-13 Panthers lead at the half.

Defensive end Frank Clark registered a key sack of Bridgewater in the third quarter, and defensive tackle Chris Jones had a fourth-quarter sack.


Injuries

  • Defensive end Taco Charlton left midway though the first quarter due to a leg injury.
  • Right tackle Mike Remmers left the game in the third quarter due to a rib injury. Yasir Durant came on to replace him temporarily, but Remmers returned to the game in the fourth quarter.
  • Cornerback Antonio Hamilton left the game in the fourth quarter due to a hamstring injury.

Special teams

  • Harrison Butker’s kicking remains a problem. Butker missed a 48-yard field goal and an extra point.

Rapid reaction

  • The game’s rapid reaction will be posted to our homepage shortly.

Statistics

CATEGORY CAR KC
Total Yards 435 397
Total Plays 76 58
Yards per play 5.7 6.8
Rushing Yards 104 30
Rush Attempts 24 12
Yards per rush 4.30 2.50
Passing Gross Yards 338 372
Sacks/Yards lost 2/7 1/5
Passing Net Yards 331 367
Comp/Att/Pct 37/50/74% 30/45/67%
Yards per pass 6.40 8.00
Interceptions thrown 0 0
Fumbles lost 0 1
Turnovers 0 1
Penalties/Yards 12/82 8/75
Total Drives 9 9
First downs 30 24
Rushing first downs 7 3
Passing first downs 18 18
Penalty first downs 5 3
Third down (Made/Att/Pct) 7/16/44% 6/11/55%
Fourth down (Made/Att/Pct) 3/3/100% 0/0/0%
Goal to go (Made/Att/Pct) 2/2/100% 2/2/100%
Red Zone (Made/Att/Pct) 4/4/100% 3/4/75%
Touchdowns 4 4
TDs/Rushing 2 0
TDs/Passing 2 4
TDs/Interception 0 0
TDs/Kickoff Return 0 0
TDs/Fumble Return 0 0
TDs/Punt Return 0 0
TDs/Defense/ST 0 0
Safeties 0 0
Extra Points (Made/Att) 4/4 3/4
Field Goals (Made/Att) 1/3 2/3
Two-Point Conv (Made/Att) 0/0 0/0
Kickoffs (Num/EZ/TB) 6/4/4 7/6/5
Punts (Num/Yds) 2/65 1/36
Gross Punting Avg Yds 32.5 36.0
Net Punting Avg Yds 29.5 36.0
Total Rtn Yds (No KOs) 0 6
Punt Returns (Num/Yds) 0/0 1/6
Kickoff Returns (Num/Yds) 2/46 0/0
Int Returns (Num/Yds) 0/0 0/0
Punts blocked 0 0
FGs/PATs Blocked 0/0 0/0
Timeouts (Rem/Used) 0/3 2/1
Time of Possession 38:01 21:59
Attendance -- 12,073

CHIEFS PASSING C ATT YDS AVG TD LG INT SK SKYD RTG
Patrick Mahomes 30 45 372 8.3 4 44 0 1 5 121.7
TEAM 30 45 372 8.3 4 44 0 1 5 //

PANTHERS PASSING C ATT YDS AVG TD LG INT SK SKYD RTG
Joseph Charlton 1 1 28 28.0 0 28 0 0 0 118.8
Teddy Bridgewater 36 49 310 6.3 2 28 0 2 7 103.3
TEAM 37 50 338 6.8 2 28 0 2 7 //

CHIEFS RUSHING CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Clyde Edwards/Helaire 5 14 2.8 0 7
Le'Veon Bell 4 8 2.0 0 4
Patrick Mahomes 2 0 0.0 0 6
Tyreek Hill 1 8 8.0 0 8
TEAM 12 30 2.5 0 8

PANTHERS RUSHING CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Christian McCaffrey 18 69 3.8 1 13
Curtis Samuel 3 13 4.3 0 7
Teddy Bridgewater 2 19 9.5 1 15
Mike Davis 1 3 3.0 0 3
TEAM 24 104 4.3 2 15

CHIEFS RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS YAC
Le'Veon Bell 1 /5 /5.0 0 /5 1 1
Clyde Edwards/Helaire 3 20 6.7 1 8 5 40
Mecole Hardman 3 48 16.0 0 32 4 12
Tyreek Hill 9 113 12.6 2 28t 18 22
Travis Kelce 10 159 15.9 0 44 12 118
Demarcus Robinson 3 34 11.3 1 28 3 8
Darrel Williams 1 3 3.0 0 3 1 3
TEAM 30 372 12.4 4 44 44 204

PANTHERS RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS YAC
Robby Anderson 9 63 7.0 0 22 13 34
Mike Davis 5 34 6.8 0 12 6 35
Christian McCaffrey 10 82 8.2 1 24 10 60
DJ Moore 2 18 9.0 0 11 3 8
Curtis Samuel 9 105 11.7 1 28 9 45
Ian Thomas 1 8 8.0 0 8 2 7
Brandon Zylstra 1 28 28.0 0 28 1 10
TEAM 37 338 9.1 2 28 44 199

CHIEFS FUMBLES FUM LOST FF REC
(OWN)
TD REC
(OPP)
TD
Demarcus Robinson 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Daniel Sorensen 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
TEAM 1 1 1 0 0 0 0

PANTHERS FUMBLES FUM LOST FF REC
(OWN)
TD REC
(OPP)
TD
Corn Elder 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Myles Hartsfield 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Ian Thomas 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 1 0 1 0 0 1 0

CHIEFS DEFENSE TOT SOLO ASST SACK YDS INT TFL PD QBH TD FF FR
Bashaud Breeland 7 7 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Frank Clark 2 1 1 1.0 7.0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
Mike Danna 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Rashad Fenton 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Willie Gay 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Antonio Hamilton 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Hitchens 6 4 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Jones 2 1 1 1.0 0.0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0
Tanoh Kpassagnon 5 4 1 0.0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Tyrann Mathieu 6 4 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Ben Niemann 4 3 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Derrick Nnadi 5 3 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daniel Sorensen 10 8 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Juan Thornhill 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Charvarius Ward 5 4 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Armani Watts 5 5 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Tershawn Wharton 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Damien Wilson 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 67 51 16 2 7 0 2 3 9 0 1 0

PANTHERS DEFENSE TOT SOLO ASST SACK YDS INT TFL PD QBH TD FF FR
Tre Boston 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Derrick Brown 5 3 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Brian Burns 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0
Jermaine Carter Jr. 3 2 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rasul Douglas 5 5 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corn Elder 3 3 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Sam Franklin 7 5 2 1.0 5.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Yetur Gross/Matos 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Myles Hartsfield 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Marquis Haynes 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Donte Jackson 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zach Kerr 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Austin Larkin 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Efe Obada 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Bravvion Roy 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shaq Thompson 7 5 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Tahir Whitehead 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 44 32 12 1 5 0 2 1 7 0 1 1

CHIEFS INT INT YDS AVG LG TD
TEAM 0 0 0 0 0

PANTHERS INT INT YDS AVG LG TD
TEAM 0 0 0 0 0

CHIEFS KICK RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
TEAM 0 0 0 0 0

PANTHERS KICK RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Pharoh Cooper 2 46 23.0 23 0
TEAM 2 46 23.0 23 0

CHIEFS PUNT RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Mecole Hardman 1 6 6.0 6 0
TEAM 1 6 6.0 6 0

PANTHERS PUNT RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
TEAM 0 0 0 0 0

CHIEFS KICKING FGM/FGA PCT LONG XP PTS
Harrison Butker 2/3 66.7 55 3 9
TEAM 2/3 66.7 55 3 9

PANTHERS KICKING FGM/FGA PCT LONG XP PTS
Joey Slye 1/3 33.3 47 4 7
TEAM 1/3 33.3 47 4 7

CHIEFS PUNTING NO YDS AVG TB I20 LG
Tommy Townsend 1 36 36.0 0 1 36
TEAM 1 36 36.0 0 1 36

PANTHERS PUNTING NO YDS AVG TB I20 LG
Joseph Charlton 2 65 32.5 0 0 44
TEAM 2 65 32.5 0 0 44