The Kansas City Chiefs won their second game of the season on Sunday, just one day after linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and then turned the gun on himself.
Refusing to delay their match against the Carolina Panthers, the Chiefs won a narrow 27-21 victory.
Quarterback Brady Quinn led the Chiefs’ charge with 201 yards in the air for two touchdowns. Helping the Chiefs along was Jamal Charles who took the ball 127 yards on the ground.
The NFL murder-suicide shocked the NFL community after Belcher killed his girlfriend and then drove to the team facility to thank his coaches and general manage before turning the gun on himself and ending his own life. Belcher killed himself in front of head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli.
Belcher was just 25-years-old at the time of his death.
Before the game, Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said:
“There’s really nothing you can do to prepare for this … It’s tough, and, again, I come back to the fact that the guys rally around each other to make it through the day.”
The Carolina Panthers attempted a late-game win after Cam Newton, who threw for 232 yards, capped off an 11-play, 80-yard drive in the fourth quarter.
Newton nearly toppled the Kansas City Chiefs, but his Hail Mary in the last seconds of the game fell short to Steve Smith.
Further details regarding the NFL murder-suicide have not been revealed at this time, and the investigation is still on-going.