Kansas City Chiefs vs. Miami Dolphins Week 14 Recap
There was plenty of playoff implications at stake when the Dolphins welcomed the Chiefs to Hard Rock Stadium. A Chiefs win meant that the Steelers would need to win a road game in Buffalo in order for Pittsburgh to keep pace for the top seed in the AFC. Perhaps what transpired in the game was even more interesting from a betting perspective as the Dolphins were able to kick a field goal late in the fourth quarter to make it a one-possession game and ultimately cover the spread.
It was an improbable cover for Miami after trailing the Chiefs 30-10 in the third quarter. If you’re glancing at the box scores every week, then you’ve probably noticed that the Chiefs aren’t winning games by the same kind of margin that they used to in the past. Their last five wins have been by six points or less, and while this game looked like an early blowout, Miami was able to hang around long enough to keep things interesting.
It’s almost as if Kansas City knows when it’s time to flip the switch because they tend to look bored in some of these games. They put up 33 points against the Dolphins despite three turnovers from Patrick Mahomes and a fumble inside the red zone. Given their chances altogether in the game, it’s almost a surprise they didn’t drop a 50-burger on the Dolphins. The reality is that this game was never as close as the final score indicated. At one point, the Chiefs even scored three consecutive touchdowns within three minutes.
This game had both Chiefs and Dolphins backers on the edge of their seats during the final two minutes of the game. Kansas City kicked a late field goal with just over a minute left in the game to make it a nine-point lead, and then Miami then marched right down the field to kick a 44-yard field goal to trim the deficit back down to six points.
Mahomes finished with 393 yards passing and two touchdowns, while Tyreek Hill was his usual dominant self with two touchdowns—one rushing and one receiving. Travis Kelce also had himself a ballgame with eight catches for 136 yards and a touchdown. There was plenty of offense to go around in this game as Tua Tagovailoa also racked up 316 yards passing with two touchdowns. He seems to be improving each week along with this Miami team, and there’s no doubt that Brian Flores deserves some Coach of the Year considerations for how he’s been able to turn this team around.