Chiefs get the job done
MIAMI – The Kansas City Chiefs canceled a practice and rushed to pack, caught an early flight to Miami and landed less than six hours before kickoff. When the game began, they were ready. “I’m not blaming it on anything, because that’s not my nature, but we certainly didn’t have the energy and enthusiasm we’ve had up to this point,” Miami coach Nick Saban said. “We just didn’t look like the same team out there, and I can’t give you any reason exactly why.” Despite a less-than-ideal itinerary, Kansas City (4-2) scored a touchdown on the first series and never trailed. The Dolphins (2-4) missed a chance to claim a share of the AFC East lead, instead losing their third game in a row. Note: DirecTV announced that subscribers to its “NFL Sunday Ticket” will be able to watch the delayed telecast of the Dolphins-Chiefs game on Sunday in its normally scheduled window of 10 a.m. PDT on Channel 706. The NFL Network also has decided to replay the game at 5 p.m. Sunday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Kansas City’s Larry Johnson rushed for 93 yards, and Priest Holmes ran for 90 and two scores. Lawrence Tynes’ three field goals included a 51- and 52-yarder, the two longest kicks of his career. “We had a job to do,” Chiefs cornerback Patrick Surtain said. “Hey, it’s a football game. We’ve been playing this since we were 8. It’s really simple. Tonight guys found that extra bit of energy.” Announced attendance was 68,350, but with the scheduling change and rain in the area, the actual crowd totaled about 40,000. Playing a rare Friday game, the Dolphins looked like a bad high school team, and by their second series the small crowd was booing. Gus Frerotte misfired on two potential touchdown passes and went 11 for 29, Ricky Williams lost 1 yard in six carries and the defense gave up four scoring drives of eight plays or more. Williams again saw limited duty in his second game following a one-year retirement and four-game drug suspension. He has seven yards on 11 carries this season. With Hurricane Wilma scrambling the schedule, the Chiefs shook off any travel fatigue to beat the Miami Dolphins 30-20 on Friday night. Trent Green threw for 289 yards against Miami’s injury-depleted secondary, and the Chiefs totaled a season-high 462 yards while controlling the ball for nearly 42 minutes.