Chiefs beat Panthers at somber Arrowhead Stadium

Updated: December 2, 2012, 7:10 PM ET
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Panthers coach Ron Rivera heard about the tragedy that unfolded in Kansas City in bits and pieces the day before their game against the Chiefs, and for a while was unsure whether it would even be played as scheduled.

When the decision came to play, Rivera talked to his team about Jovan Belcher, the Chiefs linebacker who had killed his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself. Then he tried to get his players to regain their focus in the hours before kickoff.

They ...

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