Final

Chiefs 0

(1-4, 0-3 away)

Panthers 34

(4-1, 3-0 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 5, 2008

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC 

1 2 3 4 T
KC 0 0 0 00
CAR 7 14 10 334

Top Performers

Passing: J. Delhomme (CAR) - 236 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Williams (CAR) - 20 CAR, 123 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: S. Smith Sr. (CAR) - 6 REC, 96 YDS

Williams' 123 yards, three touchdowns pace Panthers

Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Herm Edwards came up to John Fox an hour before kickoff and gave him a hearty bear hug. The former college teammates then exchanged stories and laughs.

But the second matchup of the ex-San Diego State defensive backs was no fair fight: Fox has the Carolina Panthers looking like an NFC contender, and Edwards' Kansas City Chiefs are still clearly rebuilding, no matter what happened last week.

Fast Facts

• Carolina posted its largest shutout in franchise history, topping a 24-0 win over Tampa Bay in 1996. It was the fourth shutout in franchise history and first since a 15-0 win vs. the Rams on Nov. 19, 2006.

•  DeAngelo Williams recorded three total touchdowns and 123 yards, his fourth career 100-yard game. The Panthers are 7-0 all-time when Williams gets 80 rushing yards.

• The Panthers' 4-1 start is the best by the club since 2003 when they started 5-0.

-- ESPN research

DeAngelo Williams had 123 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns and the Panthers held Larry Johnson to 2 yards rushing in a 34-0 win Sunday.

It was the first time in six years that the Chiefs were shut out.

"It's been awhile since we've had a game like this," said Fox, after Carolina's most lopsided win in team history.

The Panthers (4-1), who have missed the playoffs the past two seasons, are off to their best start since reaching the Super Bowl in the 2003 season. It was one of their most dominating performances since they crushed the Edwards-coached New York Jets 30-3 in 2005 on the way to reaching the NFC championship game.

You can't blame Edwards if he wants no part of another game against Fox.

"I didn't see that coming at all. We were a confident team after last week's game," Edwards said of the Chiefs (1-4), who routed Denver to end a franchise-record 12-game losing streak. "Then we come in here and we acted like we've never played before."

The Panthers had a lot to do with it.

Williams and Jonathan Stewart ran through a woeful defense that also couldn't stop the pass. Steve Smith caught six passes for 96 yards, Muhsin Muhammad had a 47-yard touchdown catch and the Panthers moved to 3-0 at Bank of America Stadium after going 2-6 at home last season.

"We had talent last year, but I don't think the chemistry was there," safety Chris Harris said. "We've got great chemistry. Guys like each other, and that's huge."

After holding Atlanta to three field goals last week, the Panthers' swarming, speedy defense gave up only 127 yards, and again stopped a top running back. Johnson, who had rushed for 319 yards in the past two games, had 2 yards on seven carries.

"You know they're going to gang up on the run because of the success we had before, and that's what you have to live with," said Johnson, who joined LaDainian Tomlinson, Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson and Michael Turner in all failing to gain 100 yards against Carolina.

Johnson's ineffectiveness forced Damon Huard to throw -- or at least try to.

Huard completed only 10 of 21 passes for 86 yards and two interceptions. He also lost a fumble and the Chiefs didn't pick up their second first down until the Panthers had a 24-0 third-quarter lead.

Kansas City's only highlight in a miserable day was a personal milestone.

Tony Gonzalez caught a 6-yard pass late in the first quarter to move past Shannon Sharpe for the NFL's career leader for yards receiving for a tight end. But that catch came on third-and-16, leading to one of Dustin Colquitt's seven punts.

Gonzalez was in no mood to celebrate after the Chiefs' first shutout since losing 24-0 to Oakland in the final game of the 2002 season.

"That was the worst I've ever been involved with, in my professional career," Gonzalez said. "We couldn't get anything going -- offense, defense, special teams. So embarrassing."

Huard was pulled for Tyler Thigpen early in the fourth quarter -- after Jake Delhomme had already given way to Josh McCown after throwing for 236 yards and two scores.

In their first shutout since blanking St. Louis 15-0 in 2006, the Panthers had three sacks, Jon Beason and Ken Lucas had interceptions.

"As a defense we got faster," Beason said of the offseason moves that saw defensive tackle Kris Jenkins traded and defensive end Mike Rucker retire. "Those people up front have an engine."

The Panthers were without starting offensive tackles Jordan Gross (concussion) and Jeff Otah (ankle), but it didn't matter. Frank Omiyale made his first NFL start and fill-in Jeremy Bridges helped the Panthers open giant holes for Williams and Stewart.

Williams also had a 10-yard TD run and caught a 25-yard TD pass from Delhomme in a dominating first half that saw the Chiefs manage one first down and 29 yards.

Game notes


Panthers WR D.J. Hackett (knee) was sidelined in the first quarter. With Dwayne Jarrett inactive, Mark Jones filled in as the No. 3 receiver and had a 19-yard reception. ... Panthers C Ryan Kalil (ankle) DE Hilee Taylor (knee) were also injured. ... Thigpen completed 5 of 10 passes for 37 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
KC
CAR
1st Downs820
Passing 1st downs
511
Rushing 1st downs
29
1st downs from penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
4-1310-18
4th down efficiency
0-21-2
Total Plays5170
Total Yards127441
Yards per play2.56.3
Total Drives1413
Passing92236
Comp-Att
15-3114-22
Yards per pass
2.710.7
Interceptions thrown
21
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-310-0
Rushing35205
Rushing Attempts
1748
Yards per rush
2.14.3
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-01-4
Penalties4-358-56
Turnovers32
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
21
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession21:0638:54

Passing Leaders

KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Huard10/21864.1022-16
Thigpen5/10373.7001-15
CARC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Delhomme14/2223610.7210-0

Rushing Leaders

KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Charles4184.507
Thigpen4164.006
CARCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams201236.2232
Stewart19723.8024

Receiving Leaders

KCRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bowe55711.4020
Charles4225.5017
CARRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith Sr.69616.0038
Muhammad37123.7147

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERKCCAR
carTD5:15DeAngelo Williams, 10 yd run (John Kasay kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 46 yds, 3:41
07
SECOND QUARTERKCCAR
carTD9:57DeAngelo Williams, 25 yd pass from Jake Delhomme (John Kasay kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yds, 3:17
014
carTD0:34DeAngelo Williams, 32 yd run (John Kasay kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 83 yds, 6:07
021
THIRD QUARTERKCCAR
carFG10:18John Kasay 32 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 9 yds, 2:03
024
carTD2:40Muhsin Muhammad, 47 yd pass from Jake Delhomme (John Kasay kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 52 yds, 1:34
031
FOURTH QUARTERKCCAR
carFG13:09John Kasay 43 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 40 yds, 2:50
034