In the book The Scarlet Letter a young woman, Hester Prynne, is required to wear a scarlet "A" on her chest to shame her for committing adultery.
Fast forward to today's NFL and the Carolina Panthers defense should have to wear a "Scarlet Q" to shame them for allowing Brady Quinn to go 19-23 for 201 yards and two touchdowns in Kansas City's 27-21 Week 13 win over the Panthers.
Quinn, a sixth-year career backup, had one of his best days as a pro against the Panthers, helping the 1-10 Chiefs win their second game of the year.
Quinn Just Doesn't Win
Brady Quinn had a career 3-12 record as a starter before leading the Chiefs to their win on Sunday over the Panthers. In those 15 starts he had completed just 53% (217 of 409) of his passes for 10 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
But against the Panthers Brady Quinn looked like Tom Brady.
Quinn's 82.6% (19 of 23) completion percentage was the best of his career when attempting more than three passes in a game. His 132.1 quarterback rating against Carolina was the second best of his career. It was just the fourth multiple touchdown game in Quinn's six-year NFL career.
In Quinn's last three meaningful outings this year (vs. Denver, Cincinnati, and Tampa Bay) Kansas City scored a total of 25 points (8.3 points/game).
Allowing a Brady Quinn-led offense to put up 27 points is a grievous sin for an opposing defense.
Panthers Defense Continues to Struggle
Carolina's inability to stop the run continues to plague the defense.
Jamaal Charles rushed 27 times for 127 yards against the Panthers as Kansas City racked up a total of 158 rushing yards on the day. On the year the Panthers are allowing 128.8 rushing yard a game, placing Carolina 25th in the league at stopping the run.
The effectiveness of the Chiefs' rushing attack opened up the passing lanes for Brady Quinn and company, with Quinn completing all but four of his pass attempts on the day.
The loss to the lowly Kansas City Chiefs dropped the Panthers to 3-9, tied for the second worst record in the NFL ahead of only the 2-10 Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Losing to a 1-10 team is bad enough, but losing to a 1-10 team led by Brady Quinn makes the transgression twice as bad.
Quick, somebody get the "Scarlet Q", the Panthers deserve to wear it.
Andrew Sweat is a die-hard Panthers fan. For more from this author, visit Andrew's archive or check out these articles: