It’s a day like this when I remember that football is just another game. It’s easy as fans to get caught up in the moment of the game and cheering away, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need following a tragedy. Teams play on in spite of the pain in order to give fans, players and personnel that escape from the harsh realities of life. As most of you should know by now a Chiefs player took his girlfriend’s and his own life on Saturday and in front of his head coach and GM no less. It would have been all too easy for the Chiefs to reschedule the game, move it back a little to give everybody some time to deal with the matter. But instead they played what was probably their best game of the year.
Brady Quinn has been far from impressive since being drafted in the first round out of Notre Dame a few years ago with the Browns. This game marked the first time in three years that he had thrown a touchdown pass, and he managed to get two of them with only four incompletions. That pretty much sums up the Panthers’ season and their inability to play good pass defense, and only adds more speculation that this might be one of Coach Rivera’s last games as head coach.
All in all, it wasn’t a bad game for Cam who threw three touchdowns on 15-of-27 passing for 232 yards with no interceptions. But there were too many drives that stalled, and DeAngelo Williams was held to 67 yards on the ground and Cam to 78.
You have to take your hats off to the Chiefs for putting together such a strong performance, and they did not hold back emotions before, during or after the game. After Peyton Hillis’s touchdown on their first drive, he ran over to Coach Romeo Crennel and gave him the ball and a big hug too.
It’s unfortunate that violence like this occurs, but it was nice to see the Chiefs players respond; even if it was at the Panther’s expense.