Originally written on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 12/2/12
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For what it's worth, the Carolina Panthers made a point to tip their collective taps, as much as caps can be tipped when there's blood on the ground and tears in the air. Pro football is a fraternity, after all, brothers decapitating brothers. "They didn't look like a 1-10 team to me," Panthers tackle Jordan Gross offered after Carolina fell to the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-21. "You have to play sometime. You're building up to Sunday. Maybe the best thing would be, like they decided, to keep things normal. It doesn't change what happened. I thought they did a nice job, too, with just doing the moment of silence (before the game), not dedicated to anybody in particular -- just recognizing it and moving on." Moving on? That was the hard part, a franchise's burden, a community's heartbreak. They played, just as they said they would. Sunday proved businesslike but awkward for both locker rooms, an afternoon in which football seemed almost trivial. A day earlier, Ch...
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