Final

Chiefs 10

(5-4, 2-3 away)

Dolphins 13

(3-6, 2-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 12, 2006

 

1 2 3 4 T
KC 0 0 0 1010
MIA 3 10 0 013

Top Performers

Passing: D. Huard (KC) - 201 YDS

Rushing: R. Brown (MIA) - 25 CAR, 89 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Gonzalez (KC) - 6 REC, 84 YDS

Chiefs' offense, win streak hit unexpected wall in Miami

MIAMI (ESPN.com news services) -- Confronted one-on-one with bruising Larry Johnson in the open field near the goal line, Channing Crowder buried his helmet into the running back's chest for a touchdown-saving tackle.

Then, Crowder rose and broke into a celebratory dance.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
The playoff hopes of the Kansas City Chiefs took a serious blow in Miami Sunday. The Chiefs have been extremely explosive on offense of late, but could not muster much on the ground or through the air. The offensive line had really started to gel, but the loss of excellent left guard Brian Waters was too much to overcome and the line was not in synch all day. Miami is starting to look like the team we thought it would resemble. The Dolphins are running the ball effectively and playing excellent defense. Those were the things that keyed their win for the second consecutive week.

"It was a good tackle, so I did a little shimmy for him," Crowder said.

There were many such jubilant moments Sunday for the Miami Dolphins' defense, which stymied Johnson and harried Damon Huard to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 13-10.

The defense even overcame the Miami offense. The Dolphins took an early 13-point lead but missed chances to build an even bigger cushion because of a sputtering attack, and a turnover on a reverse helped keep the outcome in doubt until the final moments.

An earlier trick play set up the lone touchdown by the Dolphins (3-6), who won their second game in a row following a dismal start. They snapped a three-game winning streak by the Chiefs (5-4).

"It's exciting to play the kind of defense we know we're capable of playing," said linebacker Zach Thomas, who had a sack and broke up two passes. "It's fun."

The Chiefs, who averaged 32 points in the past three games, went three-and-out on their first five possessions. The game was 26 minutes old before they registered a first down, and by then, the Dolphins were ahead 13-0.

"We got nothing going, and they played with a lead most of the day," Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said. "We kept going three-and-out. We let it get away from us."

Huard went 15-for-38 for 201 yards with three sacks, and four times was hit as he threw. The Dolphins' secondary delivered several jarring hits on intended receivers.

"We had a good bead on the way they were going to attack us," cornerback Will Allen said. "Good running teams use a lot of play-action pass, so we knew what to look for."

They also knew to look for Johnson, the NFL's third-leading rusher, who managed only 75 yards on 18 carries. Tony Gonzalez had six catches for 84 yards but left the game during the Chiefs' final possession with a sprained left shoulder.

Gonzalez, who was later seen with his left arm in a sling, did not speak to reporters after the game. However, his brother Chris, who was in attendance as a fan, told the Palm Beach Post that Gonzalez has a strained shoulder and will miss the next two to three weeks.

Neither the team nor Tony Gonzalez would confirm Chris Gonzalez's statement.

Because of injuries, five other Chiefs starters missed the game, and the shuffled lineup likely contributed to their offensive struggles. Kansas City was 3-for-14 on third-down conversions and had the ball for only 24 minutes.

"Give credit to the Dolphins defense for getting pressure and getting on me and playing solid man coverage in the secondary," Huard said. "I missed some throws and didn't get it done."

Questionable play-calling by the Dolphins kept them from sealing the victory sooner. Nursing a 13-3 lead midway through the fourth quarter, they tried a reverse, but the result was the lone turnover of the game, with receiver Chris Chambers failing to come up with the handoff from running back Ronnie Brown.

The ball bounced to defensive end Jared Allen, who ran 20 yards to the 20. Kansas City scored four plays later on a 2-yard run by Johnson.

Kansas City got the ball back at its 14 with 3:10 left, but Miami made one final defensive stand, and Huard's incompletion on fourth-and-12 at the Chiefs 36 sealed the outcome.

Miami took control when Chambers got behind Ty Law on a flea-flicker, with Brown taking a handoff and then pitching back to Joey Harrington, who threw long for a 46-yard completion to the 1.

"We knew that guys would bite on a good fake," Brown said.

He scored on a next play for a 13-0 lead. At that point, the Dolphins had outgained the Chiefs 167 yards to 28.

Three other Dolphins possessions stalled inside the Chiefs 35 and produced only two field goals by Olindo Mare.

With Kansas City pinned deep, the Dolphins' Jason Taylor dropped a potential interception 1 yard from a touchdown that would have put them up 20-0 late in the third period. The Chiefs took advantage of the break and mounted an 85-yard drive, but Crowder's third-down tackle of Johnson forced them to settle for a 27-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes.

Game notes


Miami G Jeno James left when he aggravated a knee injury. ... Mare became 39th player to reach 1,000 points. ... Honorary captains for the Dolphins were seven members of the "Killer Bs" defense that helped Miami reach the Super Bowl in 1982 and 1984.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
KC
MIA
1st Downs1416
Passing 1st downs
1211
Rushing 1st downs
15
1st downs from penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
3-147-17
4th down efficiency
0-10-1
Total Plays6073
Total Yards265306
Yards per play4.44.2
Total Drives1313
Passing185189
Comp-Att
15-3819-36
Yards per pass
4.55.1
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-161-12
Rushing80117
Rushing Attempts
1936
Yards per rush
4.23.3
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-21-2
Penalties7-651-3
Turnovers01
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession24:1035:50

Passing Leaders

KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Huard15/382015.3003-16
MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Harrington19/352015.7001-12
Brown0/100.0000-0

Rushing Leaders

KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson18754.2114
Parker155.005
MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown25893.6112
Morris6203.307

Receiving Leaders

KCRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gonzalez68414.0029
Kennison35819.3031
MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Chambers36622.0046
Welker34615.3030

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERKCMIA
miaFG7:08Olindo Mare 40 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 58 yds, 5:58
03
SECOND QUARTERKCMIA
miaFG11:21Olindo Mare 22 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 44 yds, 5:36
06
miaTD8:12Ronnie Brown, 1 yd run (Olindo Mare kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 61 yds, 2:14
013
FOURTH QUARTERKCMIA
kcFG11:03Lawrence Tynes 27 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 15 plays, 85 yds, 6:06
313
kcTD7:20Larry Johnson, 2 yd run (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 20 yds, 0:57
1013