Final

Dolphins 30

(3-1, 1-1 away)

Chiefs 48

(2-2, 1-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, September 29, 2002

 

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 7 9 7 730
KC 10 14 7 1748

Green-to-Gonzalez combo too much for Dolphins

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- This would be a good week for Trent Green bashers to give it a rest.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen
Question on the Chiefs: Will they be able to score like this against their AFC West foes?
Heading into the season, I thought the AFC West would be the toughest division. And I don't think Kansas City will have the same success against their AFC West rivals. Priest Holmes and Tony Gonzalez are great weapons, but they won't be enough vs. Oakland, Denver and San Diego.

Question on the Dolphins: What happened to their defense today?
The Dolphins tend to play good defense against pass-oriented offenses. But today, Gonzalez opened everything up for the Chiefs, controlling the middle of the field. Trent Green (five TD passes, no picks) was outstanding, and lots of other players contributed to dismantling Miami's D.

Eric Allen played 14 seasons in the NFL for the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

With his finest game since 1999, when knee surgery nearly wrecked his career, Green threw five touchdown passes, three to Tony Gonzalez, leading Kansas City past previously unbeaten Miami 48-30 Sunday.

He even ran for 48 yards and threw a textbook block on Priest Holmes' TD run.

"It's fun to have a day like that,'' said Green, who was 24-of-34 for 328 yards. The man who threw an NFL-high 24 interceptions last year and is constantly criticized did not get picked off once.

"Throw the block in there and that makes it that much more enjoyable,'' he said with a grin.

The high-flying offense of the Chiefs (2-2) scored 38 the week before against New England's respected defense and has been held under that total just once in four games. In their first three games, the Dolphins had allowed an average of 12.3 points.

Safety Greg Wesley intercepted three of Jay Fiedler's passes in the final eight minutes, setting up the final 10 points for the underdog Chiefs, who had lost five in a row to the Dolphins (3-1).

"It was just a frustrating day and a humbling experience,'' said Miami safety Brock Marion, who was draped all over Gonzalez when he made his third touchdown catch.

Added Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas, "I didn't expect their passing game to be that good.''

There's no surprise that Gonzalez is once again putting up big numbers.

Gonzalez, the All-Pro tight end who missed all of training camp, caught seven balls for 140 yards. He set the tone early with a 30-yard gain to set up his own 9-yard TD reception.

"It was something we saw on film, where the guy covers me man-to-man and the middle of the field is wide open,'' he said. "We saw (5-foot-11) Zach Thomas isn't that tall and I'm able to jump over him.''

Running backs Ricky Williams and Holmes, in the meantime, were almost relegated to bit players on a day that featured 849 yards of offense.

Miami's Williams rushed for 66 yards, including a 3-yard TD run. Holmes caught six passes for 63 yards and ran for 52, including a 25-yard TD burst.

"We knew facing a team like Kansas City that we really would need to step up our play today,'' said Williams.

Leading 38-30 after Fiedler's 6-yard TD pass to Rob Konrad, the Chiefs made it 41-30 on Morten Andersen's 24-yard field goal after Wesley's first interception.

Less than two minutes later, Green hit Billy Baber on a 3-yard TD pass.

"A couple of those were gifts, but I'm glad to take them,'' said Wesley.

The Chiefs took a 31-16 lead early in the third on Green's perfectly thrown pass to Gonzalez. The ball floated just over the reach of cornerback Sam Madson, then the 6-5, 250-pound Gonzalez broke Arturo Freeman's tackle on the 5 for a 42-yard scoring play.

Then came Williams' 3-yard scoring run. But Green carried 16 yards to the Miami 8 and then threw a dart to Gonzalez in the end zone.

The Dolphins, looking for their first 4-0 start in seven years, needed only four plays to go 52 yards on their first possession, capped by Fiedler's 1-yard TD plunge.

Then Green and Gonzalez went to work, capping an 11-play, 83-yard march with a 9-yard TD pass to the tight end.

A moment later, Marvcus Patton recovered Williams' fumble on the Miami 36 and set up Andersen's 50-yard field goal.

The Chiefs took a 17-10 lead when Green threw a pancake block on Freeman, springing Holmes for his 25-yard run.

"I just had him off-balance. Believe me, it's not because I'm bigger and stronger than he is,'' Green said.

Eric Warfield intercepted Fiedler's tipped pass midway through the second quarter and Green -- after pass interference and roughing-the-passer penalties on consecutive plays -- threw an 8-yard scoring pass to Johnnie Morton.

Orlindo Mare kicked field goals of 42, 29 and 25 yards in the third period for the Dolphins.

Fiedler was 29-of-45 for 310 yards and one TD. He was intercepted four times by an embattled defense ranked last in the league.

Game notes


It was the biggest sports day in Kansas City area history, with NASCAR's Winston Cup race drawing about 80,000 at Kansas Speedway, along with a paid attendance of 78,178 for the Dolphins-Chiefs game. ... Miami's double-overtime win on Christmas Day 1971 is still the longest game in NFL history: 82 minutes, 40 seconds. ... Miami cornerback Patrick Surtain was not active for the second straight week with a bruised knee. ... Wesley is the third Chief with three interceptions in a game, the first since Albert Lewis in 1991.

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Scoring Summary

FOURTH QUARTERMIAKC
kcTD6:00Touchdown
Drive info: 2 plays, 20 yds, 0:39
3047
kc6:00
Drive info: 2 plays, 20 yds, 0:39
3048
FIRST QUARTERMIAKC
kcFG5:42Morten Andersen 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 4 yds, 0:56
710
THIRD QUARTERMIAKC
miaTD9:39Ricky Williams, 3 yd run
Drive info: 4 plays, 72 yds, 1:48
2231
FOURTH QUARTERMIAKC
kcFG7:56Morten Andersen 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 9 yds, 1:56
3041
SECOND QUARTERMIAKC
kcTD12:55Priest Holmes, 25 yd run
Drive info: 4 plays, 84 yds, 0:41
1016
THIRD QUARTERMIAKC
mia9:39
Drive info: 4 plays, 72 yds, 1:48
2331
FIRST QUARTERMIAKC
miaTD13:10Jay Fiedler, 1 yd run
Drive info: 4 plays, 52 yds, 1:43
60
SECOND QUARTERMIAKC
kc12:55
Drive info: 4 plays, 84 yds, 0:41
1017
FOURTH QUARTERMIAKC
miaTD11:44Touchdown
Drive info: 5 plays, 63 yds, 1:49
2938
FIRST QUARTERMIAKC
mia13:10
Drive info: 4 plays, 52 yds, 1:43
70
SECOND QUARTERMIAKC
kcTD9:33Touchdown
Drive info: 4 plays, 58 yds, 0:42
1023
THIRD QUARTERMIAKC
kcTD11:46Touchdown
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yds, 2:34
1630
FOURTH QUARTERMIAKC
mia11:44
Drive info: 5 plays, 63 yds, 1:49
3038
SECOND QUARTERMIAKC
kc9:33
Drive info: 4 plays, 58 yds, 0:42
1024
THIRD QUARTERMIAKC
kc11:46
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yds, 2:34
1631
SECOND QUARTERMIAKC
miaFG3:48Olindo Mare 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 46 yds, 2:29
1324
FOURTH QUARTERMIAKC
kcTD14:07Touchdown
Drive info: 8 plays, 76 yds, 13:41
2337
kc14:07
Drive info: 8 plays, 76 yds, 13:41
2338
FIRST QUARTERMIAKC
kcTD7:42Touchdown
Drive info: 11 plays, 73 yds, 5:19
76
SECOND QUARTERMIAKC
miaFG0:03Olindo Mare 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 49 yds, 3:21
1624
FIRST QUARTERMIAKC
kc7:42
Drive info: 11 plays, 73 yds, 5:19
77
SECOND QUARTERMIAKC
miaFG14:27Olindo Mare 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 56 yds, 15:30
1010