A dozen things you may not have known about the Chiefs’ game Sunday

08/18/2014 9:13 AM

08/18/2014 9:13 AM

Here are some things that you might not have known about the Chiefs’ 28-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

1. SUCCOP TIES CAREER-LONG FIELD GOAL: Kicker Ryan Succop converted a 54-yard field goal in the first quarter. That kic tied his career-long for any game (preseason, regular season or postseason), which he set vs. Minnesota on Oct. 2, 2011, a game in which he made all five field goals he attempted. Succop added a 25-yard field goal in his battle with rookie Cairo Santos. Santos converted a 44-yard field goal and one PAT.

2. MURRAY THROWS TD PASS: Rookie quarterback Aaron Murray connected with tight end Travis Kelce on his second passing attempt and first completion as a pro for a 43-yard touchdown. Murray finished the game with five completions in nine attempts for 81 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

3. KELCE IS LEADING RECEIVER (YARDS): Kelce’s 43-yard touchdown reception was his second touchdown reception in as many weeks. He caught a 67-yard touchdown from quarterback Chase Daniel vs. Cincinnati in the club’s first preseason game of the 2014 season. Kelce led all Chiefs players in receiving yards with 63 yards on four receptions (15.8 average). In the preseason, he now has six receptions for 136 yards (22.7 average) with two touchdowns.

4. BOWE HAS MOST CATCHES: Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe hauled in five passes for 62 yards (12.4 average) to lead all Chiefs pass catchers in receptions.

5. ABOUT ABDULLAH’S SACK: Safety Husain Abdullah sacked quarterback Cam Newton for a 13-yard loss in the first quarter. Abdullah was credited with just half a sack in 2013 for the Chiefs. That came Oct. 13 in a game against Oakland.

6. OWENS’ SACK HISTORY: Cornerback Chris Owens had a 5-yard sack of quarterback Derek Anderson in the second quarter. Owens has 3.5 career sacks (minus-15.5 yards) in regular-season action.

7. MAYS DOUBLES UP: Linebacker Joe Mays dropped Newton for a 6-yard sack in the second quarter. It marks Mays’ second sack in as many weeks as he sacked Cincinnati’s Jason Campbell for a 7-yard loss last week.

8. FIRST FOR WALKER, FORD: Defensive lineman Vance Walker and linebacker Dee Ford combined for a 9-yard sack of quarterback Joe Webb. The half-sack marks the first quarterback takedowns recorded by each player in a Chiefs uniform.

9. GRAY LEADS RUSHING CHARGE: Running back Cyrus Gray led all Chiefs ball carriers with 10 rushes for 44 yards (4.4 average). It marked the second consecutive week that Gray led all rushers after recording 11 carries for 59 yards (5.4 average) against Cincinnati.

10. NICO JOHNSON LEADS ALL TACKLERS: Linebacker Nico Johnson was credited with six tackles (three solo) and he led all Chiefs defenders.

11. COLQUITT PUTS PUNTS INSIDE 20: Punter Dustin Colquitt punted five times for 195 yards (39.0 gross, 38.8 net), landing three punts inside the 20-yard line. Colquitt holds the Chiefs all-time record with 285 punts inside the 20, more than twice as many as the next closest player in team history (Louie Aguiar, 117).

12. PAIR OF ROOKIES MAKE SECOND STARTS: Rookie guard Zach Fulton and rookie safety Daniel Sorensen each started, marking the second consecutive game that the rookies have started.

To reach Randy Covitz, call 816-234-4796 or send email to rcovitz@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @randycovitz.

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