Chiefs overcome turnovers to beat Dolphins

Kansas City Chiefs score 30 straight points after going down 10-0 in second quarter; Patrick Mahomes throws for 393 yards and two touchdowns despite tying career-high three interceptions; Travis Kelce has 136 yards and a TD on eight catches

Last Updated: 13/12/20 9:32pm

Travis Kelce celebrates his second-quarter touchdown
Travis Kelce celebrates his second-quarter touchdown

Patrick Mahomes brushed off three interceptions – two in the first quarter – as the Chiefs came back from 10 down to win 33-27 against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium and move to 12-1.

Despite a turnover-ridden performance, he still managed to put up 393 yards and two touchdowns while leading the Chiefs to 30 straight points after their early deficit.

Tua Tagovailoa, meanwhile, led a fourth-quarter fightback for Miami but was ultimately stifled and couldn’t keep up with quick-hitting Kansas City as the Dolphins fell to 8-5

The first Chiefs drive of the game saw them produce three straight 10-plus-yard plays, but it came to an abrupt halt when Mahomes threw just his third interception all season.

Patrick Mahomes started slow but still had a strong outing
Patrick Mahomes started slow but still had a strong outing

Kansas City were looking to set up a screen for Travis Kelce, but Mahomes’ pass was tipped up into the waiting arms of Byron Jones.

However, the Dolphins couldn’t capitalise on the turnover as kicker Jason Sanders – who had converted 28 of 29 attempts on the season – missed wide right from 45 yards out.

  • Chiefs passing leader: Patrick Mahomes, 24/34, 393 yards, 2 TDs, 3 INTs
  • Rushing leader: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, 16 carries, 32 yards
  • Receiving leader: Travis Kelce, eight catches, 136 yards, 1 TD

Miami again secured themselves good field position when Jerome Baker sacked Mahomes for a massive 30-yard loss, leaving the Chiefs in a unique fourth-and-42 and punting from their own end zone.

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Tyreek Hill’s spectacular solo effort saw Kansas City score their first points of the day
Tyreek Hill’s spectacular solo effort saw Kansas City score their first points of the day

Tagovailoa found tight end Mike Gesicki for a 14-yard gain on third-and-11 to keep their responding drive alive, and four plays later, he went back to his tight end at the goal line, rolling left and throwing back across his body for a seven-yard score.

It didn’t take long for Miami to get the ball back again, as Mahomes threw too high for running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Eric Rowe was waiting to secure another rare interception of last year’s Super Bowl MVP, who won that award in this very stadium back in February.

  • Dolphins passing leader: Tua Tagovailoa, 28/48, 316 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
  • Rushing leader: DeAndre Washington, 13 carries, 35 yards
  • Receiving leader: Lynn Bowden, seven catches, 82 yards

The Dolphins settled for three points off the boot of Sanders, and a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Then Mahomes and the Chiefs turned it on, and they didn’t look back.

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Mahomes and Hill connected on a 44-yard touchdown early in the second half
Mahomes and Hill connected on a 44-yard touchdown early in the second half

Kelce picked up 21 yards down the middle of the field after a perfect, in-stride throw before Tyreek Hill – with his first touch of the game – raced 32 yards on an end-around down the right-hand sideline for six.

A couple of drives later, Tagovailoa’s deep throw towards Jakeem Grant was picked off by the opportunistic Tyrann Mathieu, and a methodical Mahomes took his team 59 yards down the field in nine plays, capping off the drive with a six-yard toss to Kelce.

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Mecole Hardman ran in for an epic 67-yard punt return touchdown as Kansas City pulled further clear
Mecole Hardman ran in for an epic 67-yard punt return touchdown as Kansas City pulled further clear

The Chiefs took a 14-10 lead into half-time, and it took just three plays for them to extend it after the break. Hill at full speed is almost impossible to defend, and he blazed past the defense for a 44-yard touchdown on a perfect pass from his QB.

Scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER
Chiefs 0-7 Dolphins Mike Gesicki seven-yard TD pass from Tua Tagovailoa (extra point)
SECOND QUARTER
Chiefs 0-10 Dolphins Jason Sanders 31-yard field goal
Chiefs 7-10 Dolphins Tyreek Hill 32-yard rushing TD (extra point)
Chiefs 14-10 Dolphins Travis Kelce six-yard TD pass from Patrick Mahomes (extra point)
THIRD QUARTER
Chiefs 21-10 Dolphins Tyreek Hill 44-yard TD pass from Patrick Mahomes (extra point)
Chiefs 28-10 Dolphins Mecole Hardman 67-yard punt return TD (extra point)
Chiefs 30-10 Dolphins Tua Tagovailoa sacked in end zone for safety (Chris Jones)
FOURTH QUARTER
Chiefs 30-17 Dolphins Mike Gesicki 29-yard TD pass from Tua Tagovailoa (extra point)
Chiefs 30-24 Dolphins Tua Tagovailoa 1-yard rushing TD (extra point)
Chiefs 33-24 Dolphins Harrison Butker 46-yard field goal
Chiefs 33-27 Dolphins Jason Sanders 44-yard field goal

Things got even worse for Miami just one minute later, as a three-and-out meant they had to punt to speedster Mecole Hardman, and he raced 67 yards down the left sideline to extend Kansas City’s lead to 18 in a flash.

Soon after, Tagovailoa was sacked in his own end zone by Chris Jones, resulting in a safety and another two points for KC.

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Mike Gesicki gave Miami hope with a leaping TD catch over two defenders
Mike Gesicki gave Miami hope with a leaping TD catch over two defenders

The Dolphins surged back in the fourth quarter, spurred on by a spectacular one-handed interception – Mahomes’ third – by Xavien Howard, who now has a pick in five straight games.

That turnover resulted in a fantastic 29-yard touchdown catch in traffic by Gesicki to cap an 80-yard drive, and when they got the ball back again the Dolphins drove 67 yards in 14 plays, with a Tagovailoa 1-yard TD dive bringing them within six points.

However, it was too late, as the Chiefs all but sealed the win when Mahomes flipped to Hill on fourth down for a first down that allowed Harrison Butker to tack on three more points and make it a nine-point lead.

Sanders’ late field goal gave the Dolphins an onside kick chance, but it was collected by the Chiefs.

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