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Final score: Chiefs 27, Panthers 21

Final score: Chiefs 27, Panthers 21

Scoring play: A 52-yard field goal by Ryan Succup.

Drive: 6 plays, 39 yards, 2:36

Key play: A personal foul by Josh Thomas. The cornerback flew in after a play and pushed a Kansas City player following a 19-yard pickup on first down. That personal foul put the Chiefs on the Carolina 40, where they'd get six more yards before kicking the field goal.

Time of game: 4:54 in the fourth quarter.

Worth mentioning: Brady Quinn hasn't had a very successful NFL career, but this has been his best game in years. Quinn had not passed a touchdown all season, ane he has two today. With 201 passing yards, this is the first time Quinn has passed for more than 180 yards and/or thrown a touchdown in a game since Dec. 6, 2009.

Newton and Murphy connect for touchdown

Carolina has closed to within three points of the Chiefs with an 9-yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton to Louis Murphy late in the third quarter.

Graham Gano extra point is good.

13:21 Time Remaining. 11 plays, 80 yards. Time of Drive: 4:31.

Chiefs control third quarter, lead 24-14

Score: Chiefs 24, Panthers 14

Scoring play: A 3-yard touchdown pass from Brady Quinn to Jon Baldwin.

Drive: 17 plays, 87 yards, 9:56.

Key play: Take your pick. The Chiefs had two key fourth-down conversions to extend the drive and keep Carolina's defense sucking for air on the field. The first came from the Carolina 27 and Peyton Hillis picked up five yards. Later, on the Carolina 13, Hillis got just enough to extend the drive.

Time of game: 2:52 in the third quarter.

Worth mentioning: The last time the Kansas City Chiefs scored 24 points in a game was in Week 3--an overtime win against New Orleans.

Halftime: Chiefs 17, Panthers 14

KANSAS CITY – Cam Newton threw a pair of long touchdown passes, but Brady Quinn led Kansas City on an 80-yard scoring drive to give the Chiefs a 17-14 halftime lead Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

Quinn hit tight end Tony Moeaki in the back of the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal on the final play of the half. The Panthers helped Kansas City with three offsides penalties on the go-ahead drive, including one on defensive end Greg Hardy after the Panthers had stopped Kansas City on third down.

Newton, coming off his best game of the season in a Monday night win at Philadelphia, continued his hot streak by posting a 140 passer rating in the first half.

Newton found tight end Greg Olsen down the middle of the field for a 47-yard scoring strike in the first quarter, then hit wideout Steve Smith for a 23-yard score in the second quarter.

The Chiefs held a moment of silence before the game to recognize domestic violence victims, a day after Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend, then shot himself outside the team's facility.

Score: Panthers 14, Chiefs 10

Scoring play: A 23-yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton to Steve Smith.

Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 4:53.

Key play: DeAngelo Williams has been bottled up this game, his first as a starter in eight weeks. He hit an 11-yard gain on second down to get Carolina on the Chiefs' 30-yard line.

Time of game: 13:27 in the second quarter.

Worth mentioning: With his catches today, Steve Smith is now 26th on the NFL's all-time career receiving yards list. He passed Chad Johnson in the first quarter. The touchdown was his 61st of his career. Also, James Anderson is questionable to return with an eye injury.

Score: Chiefs 10, Panthers 7

Scoring play: A 42-yard field goal by Ryan Succup.

Drive: 10 plays, 56 yards, 5:26.

Key play: A 16-yard rush by Jamaal Charles. Charles found a hole in the Panthers' porous defensive line and exploited it for 16 yards from the Chiefs' 40. At that time he had five carries for 49 yards.

Time of game: 3:20 in the first quarter.

Worth mentioning: James Anderson went down after the Chiefs were unable to convert on third down. He appeared to have been poked in the eye, and after a brief time on the ground he walked off under his own power.

Score: Panthers 7, Chiefs 7

Scoring play: A 47-yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton to Greg Olsen.

Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 3:03

Key play: A 9-yard rush by Mike Tolbert on 3-and-1. After two straight rushes by DeAngelo Williams got the Panthers in their first third-down situation of the game, Newton handed to the fullback who powered for nine yards to the other side of the 50.

Time of game: 8:46 in the first quarter.

Worth mentioning: The Panthers lost the coin toss earlier in the game. That makes the team 0-12 on opening-game coin tosses and 0-13 all season long. The chances of losing 13 coin tosses is 1-in-8,192.

Score: Chiefs 7, Panthers 0

Scoring play: A 2-yard touchdown rush by Peyton Hillis.

Drive: 6 plays, 74 yards, 3:11

Key play: A 21-yard pass from Brady Quinn to Dwayne Bowe. Off a play action after Jamaal Charles had plenty of success on the ground, Quinn found Bowe in the zone part of the secondary to get the Chiefs in Panther territory.

Time of game: 11:49 in the first quarter.

Worth mentioning: That was the first opening drive touchdown for the Chiefs all season. Kansas City entered the game with only 13 touchdowns in 11 games.

Williams gets first start in 8 weeks

KANSAS CITY – Running back Jonathan Stewart, who has been dealing with ankle sprains, topped the list of Panthers' inactives.

Stewart, who did not make the trip to Kansas City, missed two games early in the season with a sprained right ankle. He sustained a high ankle sprain to his left foot in the second half last week at Philadelphia.

DeAngelo Williams, the team's all-time rushing leader, will make his first start since Week 5.

The rest of the Panthers' inactives: QB Jimmy Clausen, CB James Dockery, LB Doug Hogue, OL Bruce Campbell, WR David Gettis and DE Antwan Applewhite.

Rookie safety D.J. Campbell is active for just the second time this season.

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