Originally posted on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 12/2/12

DENVER - NOVEMBER 14: Offensive lineman Chris Kuper of the Denver Broncos blocks against Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 14, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 49-29. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. At some point, they had to return to football. They had to think about football. The Chiefs knew that. This is their job, their passion, their obligation. The nightmarish events of the previous 24 hours when teammate Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend, then took his own life had to be stored away, and the focus had to return. Football is simply a game, but it's also a brutally physical one that demands concentration, and it does not forgive the inattentive. So the Chiefs returned to work on Sunday, whether they thought it was the right thing to do or not, and played football quite well, actually. The team known for its careless play throughout the season instead played sharp and sound football, committing no turnovers and just one penalty, which didn't come until three minutes remained on a harmless delay of game penalty. The result was a determined 27-21 win over the Carolina Panthers that looked an awful lot like the type of game and victory the Chief...
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