CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Kansas City Chiefs had no offensive touchdowns, and their defense was on the field for much of the afternoon.No big deal. They found another way to win -- again.Marcus Peters stripped Kelvin Benjamin with 20 seconds left, Cairo Santos kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired, and the Chiefs overcame a 17-point deficit to top the Carolina Panthers 20-17 on Sunday.The game was tied when Benjamin caught a 14-yard pass from Cam Newton at his own 34. Peters ripped the ball from his arms and returned it to the Carolina 24.I took it from him. It was simple, Peters said.Santos fourth field goal of the day split the uprights, lifting the Chiefs to their fifth straight victory and 17th win in their last 19 games.This group has some character, Kansas City coach Andy Reid said. It doesnt mean you win every game but when you play like this you give yourself an opportunity to win.The Chiefs also put together an impressive rally in a 33-27 victory against San Diego on Sept. 11, erasing a 21-point deficit.Eric Berry provided a big spark, returning an interception 42 yards for a touchdown. Newton made a huge mistake on the play, simply throwing the ball up while under pressure.Alex Smith threw for 178 yards and Spencer Ware ran for 61 yards for the Chiefs, who managed just 256 yards overall. But Kansas Citys defense came up with big plays when needed.Things dont go your way sometimes, Berry said. You have to make them go your way. I knew there would be an opportunity somewhere. We had to make it count.Berrys big play helped the Chiefs (7-2) move into a tie for first place in the AFC West with the idle Oakland Raiders.Newton threw for 261 yards and a touchdown and ran for 54 yards and a score for the Panthers (3-6).The game turned late in the third quarter when Chris Jones sacked Newton for a 12-yard loss on third-and-18 at the Kansas City 28, taking the Panthers out of field goal range. Instead of making it a three-possession game, the Panthers were forced to punt.We cant take back-to-back sacks, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. We cant have two negatives plays like that. You do that and you dont give yourselves a chance to win the football game.The Chiefs kicked a field goal to make it 17-6 before Berrys interception return and Smiths pass to Travis Kelce for the conversion. Santos third field goal tied it with 4:25 left.We didnt keep the aggression as a whole, Newton said. It starts with me as the leader of the offense to realize that every play counts. ... Its keeping the foot on the pedal and knowing that we have to finish.The Panthers had won two straight and were looking to get back in the playoff hunt, but remain three games behind the division-leading Atlanta Falcons and two games behind Tampa Bay and New Orleans in the NFC South.We have put our backs completely and utterly up against the wall now. There is no room for error, Rivera said.NEWTONS NUMBERSNewton established franchise records for pass completions and touchdowns rushing.Newton passed Jake Delhomme for the most completions in franchise history with 1,581 with a strike to Greg Olsen in the first quarter and DeAngelo Williams with his 47th career TD rushing.ODD STAT OF THE DAYThe Panthers had a 20-play drive in the third quarter that took more than 10 minutes off the clock, but came away with no points.WHAT WAS THATSmith threw a pass late in the fourth quarter that was batted up in the air. 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DURHAM, N.C. -- No. 1 Duke didnt have three of its top freshmen -- and still had more than enough to rout Marist.Grayson Allen scored 16 points and Duke opened its season by routing the Red Foxes 94-49 on Friday night.Were a little bit undermanned now, and nobody feels sorry for us because they think we have an excessive number of men, coach Mike Krzyzewski said. But we just have to keep getting better.Freshman Frank Jackson had 18 points in his debut with the Blue Devils while Luke Kennard added 16.Duke shot 44 percent and had an easy time against the Red Foxes despite playing without three big men from a freshman class widely considered the nations best.Chase Jeter finished with 11 points in his first career start and Matt Jones also had 11 for Duke, which pushed its lead into double figures for good before Marist managed its first defensive stop.Khallid Hart had 13 points to lead Marist, which was just 3 of 25 from 3-point range.Injuries in the preseason have left the Blue Devils short in the paint: Forward Jayson Tatum missed both exhibition games after spraining his foot during a practice last month, center Marques Bolden earlier this week was declared out of both games this weekend with a leg injury, and forward Harry Giles is recovering after having his left knee scoped in October to clean up some loose bodies and scar tissue.They didnt need them.Duke held a 56-33 rebounding edge against an outmanned Marist team that didnt have anyone taller than 6-foot-9 on the roster.It speaks for the talent that we have and the confidence that we do have in the guys on the bench, Allen said. Whoever we put out there can be a good group.BIG PICTUREMarist: The Red Foxes met a similar fate as the previous 125 nonconference teams to visit Cameron Indoor Stadium. No shame in losing like this to Duke because the nations No. 1 team is hardly a fair measuring stick for a young team that went 7-23 last season.I didnt think we played at our best, Marist coach Mike Maker said, but Duke had a lot to do with that.Duke: Jeter looked significantly more confident during hhis first start than he did at virtually any point during an uneven freshman season.dddddddddddd With so many big men out, any production they can get from Jeter is a significant plus.INJURY REPORTKrzyzewski says theres no time frame for the injured players return, adding that were just going to shut those guys down for a while instead of rushing them back and risking re-injury.Im going to be really adamant about taking a longer time than a shorter time, no matter what, he added. Krzyzewski says Tatum may have returned to practice too soon and that hurt him.POLL IMPLICATIONSThe Blue Devils cant climb any higher than No. 1, and at no point during this rout did they look like they deserve a lower ranking.THANKS, ALBANYMarist has politics in North Carolina and New York to thank -- at least partly -- for this beating. The original schedule had Duke opening against Grand Canyon before playing Albany on Saturday, but the Great Danes had to back out of that game because of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomos executive order banning publicly funded, non-essential travel to North Carolina in response to a North Carolina law that limits protections for LGBT people. Organizers with the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic moved the Grand Canyon game back a day, swapped in Marist -- which, as a private school, was not subject to the travel ban -- and sent Albany to play at Penn State. In a show of unity against the North Carolina law, Maker said, the Red Foxes wore rainbow-colored socks.UP NEXTMarist: The Red Foxes have a couple of travel days before taking on No. 23 Rhode Island on Monday night in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic.Duke: The Blue Devils face a quick turnaround with Grand Canyon coming in Saturday afternoon. Consider it a final mid-major tuneup before taking on No. 3 Kansas next week in the Champions Classic.---Follow Joedy McCreary at http://twitter.com/joedyap.---More AP college basketball: http://collegebasketball.ap.org ' ' '