Nov 13, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) reacts after his rushing touchdown in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) reacts after his rushing touchdown in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Peters stripped Kelvin Benjamin with 20 seconds left, Cairo Santos kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired, and the Kansas City Chiefs overcame a 17-point deficit to top the Carolina Panthers 20-17 on Sunday.

The game was tied when Benjamin caught a pass from Cam Newton, and Peters ripped the ball from his arms . Santos’ fourth field goal of the day split the uprights, lifting the Chiefs (7-2) to their fifth straight victory and 17th win in their last 19 games.

Eric Berry also returned a Newton interception 42 yards for a touchdown as Kansas City’s defense came up with big plays when needed. Alex Smith threw for 178 yards and Spencer Ware ran for 61 yards for the Chiefs, who failed to score an offensive touchdown.

Newton threw for 261 yards and a touchdown and ran for 54 yards and a score for the Panthers (3-6).

The game turned late in the third quarter when Chris Jones sacked Newton for a 12-yard loss on third-and-18 at the Kansas City 28, taking the Panthers out of field goal range. Instead of making it a three-possession game, the Panthers were forced to punt.

The Chiefs kicked a field goal to make it 17-6 before Berry picked off a pass that Newton heaved into the air under pressure and returned it for the touchdown. Smith passed to Travis Kelce for the conversion, and Santos’ third field goal tied it with 4:25 left.


Berry showed why he’s still one of the best safeties in the league with his first interception return for a touchdown since 2013 and the fourth of his career. He deftly made his way through traffic to get to the end zone.


Newton established franchise records for pass completions and touchdowns rushing.

Newton passed Jake Delhomme for the most completions in franchise history with 1,581 with a strike to Greg Olsen in the first quarter and DeAngelo Williamswith his 47th career TD rushing.


The Panthers had a 20-play drive in the third quarter that took more than 10 minutes off the clock, but came away with no points. Newton took sacks on a second and third down, and the Panthers had to punt.


Late in the fourth quarter Smith threw a pass that was batted up in the air. He caught the ball, which is legal, but then attempted to throw the ball a second time. At that point flags were flying everywhere and the Chiefs were penalized 5 yards for an illegal second forward pass.


Chiefs: Cornerback Phillip Gaines left with a neck injury in the third quarter.

Panthers: Kicker Graham Gano was forced to handle punting duties in the first quarter after Andy Lee injured his hamstring. Gano’s first punt since 2010 went for 42 yards but he struggled on trying to pin the Chiefs inside the 20.


Chiefs: Return home to host another NFC South foe in Tampa Bay next Sunday.

Panthers: The Panthers have a quick turnaround, hosting the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.

(Associated Press)

Team Stats: kcc car
1st Downs 18 22
3rd down efficiency 2-12 6-14
4th down efficiency 1-1 1-1
Total Plays 61 69
Total Yards 256 341
Passing Yards 165 242
Rushing Yards 91 99
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles lost 0 1
Interceptions thrown 1 1
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 1 0
Penalties 9-45 6-53
Time of Possession 24:48 35:12

How They Scored:

Team Time Scoring Play Score
car 1st Quarter
Graham Gano 42 Yd Field Goal
9 plays, 54 yards, 4:11
Chiefs 0, Panthers 3
car 2nd Quarter
Cam Newton 4 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick)
11 plays, 80 yards, 5:44
Chiefs 0, Panthers 10
car 2nd Quarter
Devin Funchess 38 Yd pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano Kick)
7 plays, 87 yards, 3:36
Chiefs 0, Panthers 17
kcc 2nd Quarter
Cairo Santos 47 Yd Field Goal
12 plays, 46 yards, 1:42
Chiefs 3, Panthers 17
kcc 4th Quarter
Cairo Santos 36 Yd Field Goal
11 plays, 62 yards, 3:19
Chiefs 6, Panthers 17
kcc 4th Quarter
Eric Berry 42 Yd Interception Return (Alex Smith Pass to Travis Kelce for Two-Point Conversion)
3 plays, 4 yards, 1:30
Chiefs 14, Panthers 17
kcc 4th Quarter
Cairo Santos 33 Yd Field Goal
7 plays, 35 yards, 3:09
Chiefs 17, Panthers 17
kcc 4th Quarter
Cairo Santos 37 Yd Field Goal
3 plays, 11 yards, 0:20
Chiefs 20, Panthers 17

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