Chiefs vs. Dolphins Post Game Gab


The Miami Dolphins improved their record to 6-2 in games decided by seven points or less and 10-5 overall, while the Chiefs move to 1-7 in games decided by seven points or less and 2-13 overall as they go down to the Dolphins 31-38. Bitterly cold weather and a swirling wind on the field dropped the temperature to -12 on the field.

The ground at Arrowhead was frozen and most players utilized the shorter cleats used on turf surfaces to try to combat the conditions, it did not help at least a half dozen players slipped and fell unprovoked mostly on offense as players tried to make sudden cuts back across field. The cold weather did not stop the offenses as K.C. racked up 492 yards and Miami went for 402 yards. The two teams also combined for six turnovers, four for K.C. and Miami had 2.

Miami had their best start of the season scoring on their first play from scrimmage, after Herm Edwards won the toss and opted to defer because of the inclement weather. Patrick Cobbs took the opening kickoff back 60 yards to set up a 31 yard touchdown for Ted Ginn on a reverse, 10 seconds into the game.

Four plays later Miami would have the ball back as Tyler Thigpen hit Andre Goodman for his first interception of the game and Goodman returned it to the K.C. 18. Miami would convert that turnover into a 34 yard Dan Carpenter field goal to give the Dolphins the 10-0 lead two minutes into the game. The Chiefs responded in quick fashion going 65 yards in three plays highlighted a 33 yard Devard Darling touchdown catch.

The Chiefs would take the lead on their next drive 14-10 after Tyler Thigpen found Tony Gonzalez for a eight yard touchdown. Miami would come right back on their very next drive as Chad Pennington found his own tight end David Martin for a 11 yard scoring strike to put the Dolphins back up 17-14. Two plays later the Chiefs would be back on the board after a 75 yard Jamal Charles reception that set up a two yard L.J. touchdown dive.

Down 21-17 Chad Pennington would engineer a drive that would find him hooking up with another one of his tight ends for a TD this time it was Anthony Fasano and the Dolphins were back on top 24-21. Tyler Thigpen was not to be out done in the 1st half as he put the Chiefs back on top 28-24 going into half after a eight yard QB draw.

For as fast paced as the first half was the second half would prove to be it?s polar opposite. The Chiefs would score a field goal on their 1st drive of the half to take a 31-24 lead and the Dolphins would score on their 1st drive on a four yard Ricky Williams TD dive to tie the game at 31 with 9:11 remaining in the 3rd quarter. The game would remain tied until the 4:14 mark of the 4th quarter when Chad Pennington found Anthony Fasano on his 2nd touchdown of the game this time a 14 yard catch.

With the Chiefs down for the first time since early in the 1st quarter took the field and promptly went four plays and out giving the Dolphins the ball back at the K.C. 26 yard line. The Dolphins would be unable to run the clock out and after a Ricky Williams fumble the Chiefs would have one more shot but after Renaldo Hill picked off Tyler Thigpen for his third int of the game all the Dolphins had to do was take a knee and continue to stay in the thick of the playoff chase.

Grading The Keys to the Game

Give L.J. the ball 20 + times: A recurring theme over the past couple of weeks has seen the Chiefs jump out to the early lead and have success on the ground with L.J. only to go away from that in the 2nd half. Today would be no different as L.J. went for a 100 yards but only on 12 carries, able but unwilling to run the ball in the 2nd half the Chiefs could not hold onto the ball and gave Chad Pennington and the Dolphins offense to many shots to take the game over. If the Chiefs could have found eight more carries for L.J. they could have found a victory as well.

Grade: F-

Stop the 2 headed beast: Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams combined for 66 yards on 20 carries and 1 TD. The Chiefs did a good job of containing both of these dangerous players, but did give up a big 44 yard run to Patrick Cobb. The Chiefs run defense even forced a Ricky Williams fumble to get back in it late.

Bottom line the run defense did not lose this game for the Chiefs and has came a long way since their early season struggles.


Grade: B-

Close the Game out: Every week the Chiefs play to the level of their competition only to lose in the waning minutes or seconds. With so many opportunities to take Miami out of the game the Chiefs failed to put the nail in the coffin. Every time e the Chiefs had the lead they either punted or turned the ball over or allowed Miami to drive down the field and keep the score close. The Chiefs would have a winning record if they knew how to close out games, this is something that will be addressed in the off-season to be sure.


Grade: F-


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