K.C. now has the early inside track at the No. 1 seed in the AFC
The Kansas City Chiefs now have an early inside track at the No. 1 seed in the AFC after Andy Reid’s team was able to fend off a late rally from the Miami Dolphins to earn the 21-14 win from Frankfurt Stadium in Germany.
As this game kicked off, it looked like the international crowd was going to enjoy a high-flying affair between two of the conference’s powerhouse clubs. However, things did slow down after Kansas City’s opening 75-yard touchdown drive as the two sides were scoreless for a large chunk of the first half. The Chiefs did get back on the scoreboard before the break, however, thanks to a 95-yard touchdown drive led by Patrick Mahomes and then arguably the top defensive play of the season. Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa completed a short pass to Tyreek Hill, but corner Trent McDuffie then knocked the ball out of Hill’s hands, which was recovered by Mike Edwards. He then lateraled it back to Bryan Cook and the safety ran it 59-yards for the touchdown to go up 21-0 at halftime.
Miami did thrust itself back in this game with a 14-point third quarter to cut the lead to one score and had an opportunity to tie the game in the closing him. However, three straight incompletions from the Chiefs’ 31-yard line and then a botched snap on fourth down with under a minute left in regulation sealed the Dolphins’ fate and pushed them down to 6-3 on the season.
Mahomes finished the game 20 of 30 passing for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Tagovailoa was 21 of 34 passing for 193 yards and one touchdown.
From here, both of these clubs will be on bye in Week 10. After that, the Dolphins will face the Raiders at home and the Chiefs will take on the Eagles in a Super Bowl LVII rematch at Arrowhead Stadium.
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The Chiefs win their international head-to-head against the Dolphins to move to 7-2 on the season, 21-14. From here, both of these clubs will be on the bye in Week 10. After that, the Dolphins will face the Raiders at home and the Chiefs will take on the Eagles in a Super Bowl LVII rematch at Arrowhead Stadium.
What a collapse by Miami. Tua Tagovailoa fumbled the botched snap on fourth down which effectively ended the game. All the Chiefs need to do now is run down a minute’s worth of clock and they’ll move to 7-2 on the season.
Bradley Chubb forced Mahomes to throw the ball away on third down and now the Chiefs are forced to punt the ball away.
That 7-yard reception is Kelce’s first catch of the second half.
That was a horrible decision by Mecole Hardman to field that punt. Should have let it go out of bounds to have the offense start at the 25-yard line. Instead, Hardman put the offense at the K.C. 10-yard line. A 15-yard swing.
The K.C. defense has stepped up! Back-to-back negative plays for the Dolphins, including an 11-yard sack to create a third-and-long.
After struggling on third down for most of this game, the Dolphins have converted both of their third down situations on this critical drive.
That was CLOSE! Mosert fumbles the football but it is recovered by Miami. A lucky break to keep the comeback hopes alive.
If the Dolphins end up winning this game, it would tie the largest comeback (21 points) in International Series history (Lions vs Falcons, 2014).
A monster stop by the Miami defense. MVS had a step on his defender, but couldn’t connect with Mahomes on the big gain. With 12:07 left in this game, Tua Tagovailoa has a chance to knot the game at 21.
The Chiefs have 17 giveaways this season, now tied for the most in the NFL.
Goodness. Chris Jones is flagged for a late hit that gives the Dolphins a new set of downs after they would have needed to settle for a field goal. Terrible penalty for the star Chiefs defender. And the Dolphins immediately cash in with a Raheem Mostert 13-yard touchdown run on the very next play. All of a sudden it’s a one-score game.
Tagovailoa just missed Hill. Threw the ball a little high and behind him, albeit with Hill getting a hand on it. Had they connected in stride, that’s probably a first down and much more.
The momentum shift that the Dolphins needed! After previously having plenty of time to throw the football for most of the game, the Dolphins started to bring pressure and Bradley Chubb was able to strip-sack Mahomes and Miami recovered the ball at the K.C. 27-yard line. An opportunity for Tua Tagovailoa to cut this lead to one score.
Great job by Bradley Chubb to get his hand on that throw from Mahomes, but it also didn’t seem like the K.C. offense — specifically Mahomes and Kelce — were in sync on that play. Dangerous play, but the ball fell harmlessly to the ground.
And the Dolphins are on the board. Tua Tagovailoa completes a 31-yard bomb to Cedrick Wilson. Tagovailoa just throws it up to Wilson, who was able to turn around Trent McDuffie and haul in the score.
That 6-yard completion to Smythe is the first third-down conversion by Miami so far.
Miami’s had six straight punts to this point in the third quarter. For the season, they had punted 20 times entering Week 9.
A much-needed punt forced by the Dolphins defense. Vic Fangio’s unit has kept Miami competitive, but it’s really been the offense that has put Miami behind in this matchup thus far.
Miami is putting itself in impossible situations. Penalties send them backward, an incompletion on second down sets up a third-and-long, and then the offense can’t convert and is forced to punt it away. That’s simply a losing formula.
Penalties continue to plague the Dolphins to begin this second half and just erased a big gain by Mostert.
The Chiefs are up 21-0 at the half, but it’s been a quiet game so far for Travis Kelce. The star tight end has just two catches (two targets) for seven yards.
Trent McDuffie knocked the ball loose out of Tyreek Hill and Mike Edwards was able to not only recover the ball but then lateral it back to Bryan Cook, who ran it back for a touchdown. What a turn of events in Germany!
That touchdown drive by Kansas City took 13 plays. For the entire first half to this point, the Dolphins have run 17 plays …
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