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Cam Newton was just footnote in one game against Chiefs  

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Like a lot of other NFL teams, the Kansas City Chiefs have an extensive history against one of the starting quarterbacks in this year’s Super Bowl, and not much of a past against the other.

The Chiefs have been profoundly bad against Peyton Manning until their most recent meeting with him. They are 1-14 against Manning, including a couple of playoff losses when he played for the Colts, before intercepting him four times and driving him to the bench in a November game against the Broncos in Denver.

The Chiefs, meanwhile, are undefeated against Cam Newton.

Newton played quite well against the Chiefs on Dec. 2, 2012 at Arrowhead Stadium. But the Panthers were the Washington Generals to the Chiefs’ Harlem Globetrotters that day. The Chiefs, in the midst of an already bad season, played the game one day after linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then drove to the team’s practice facility and committed suicide in the parking lot.

Under those circumstances, Newton’s performance was forgotten. But he played well, going 15-for-27 for 232 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions, while rushing for 78 yards on seven carries. Newton almost rallied the Panthers to a late victory, but Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith after catching a 53-yard pass on the game’s final play was tackled on the Kansas City 8-yard line.

The Chiefs held on to win, 27-21. That, plus the bizarre circumstances and the play of their own quarterback, is what most Chiefs fans recall about that game. Kansas City’s Brady Quinn played the game of his life, going 19-for-23 for 201 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. The Chiefs' touchdowns were scored by players who weren’t around for long after that game: Peyton Hillis, Tony Moeaki and Jonathan Baldwin. The victory was one of just two for Kansas City that year.

The Chiefs will meet up with Newton a second time next season, in Charlotte. Hopefully Newton’s play against the Chiefs, for better or worse, is what people will recall afterward.