This isn’t how they drew it up.
Kansas City survived four turnovers, including three Patrick Mahomes interceptions, to secure a 33-27 victory at Hard Rock Stadium, the site of their Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers in February.
They bounced back from an early 10-0 deficit aided by the longest sack in NFL history to open a 30-10 lead that threatened to be a romp over the upstart Dolphins.
Miami didn’t quit.
Tua rallies Dolphins in 4th quarter
Tagovailoa led the Dolphins to 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to cut the Chiefs lead to 30-24 before a late Kansas City drive ended in a Harrison Butker field goal that secured the final margin.
When he wasn’t turning the ball over or taking historic sacks, Mahomes looked like his normal self, completing 24 of 34 pass attempts for 393 yards with two touchdowns. Travis Kelce led Kansas City’s offense with eight catches for 136 and a score while Tyreek Hill caught three passes for 79 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown to open a 21-10 Kansas City lead on the first drive of the second half.
A punt return for a touchdown by Mecole Hardman and a Chris Jones sack for a safety blew the game open midway through the third quarter as the Chiefs took a 30-10 lead. But the Dolphins made it interesting at the end.
Tagovailoa split three Chiefs defenders to find tight end Mike Gesicki for a 29-yard touchdown to cut Kansas City’s lead to 30-17 early in the fourth quarter.
He capped a 75-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown sneak on the next Miami possession to pull within six with less than five minutes remaining.
Chiefs survive Mahomes mistakes
But the Chiefs effectively ended the game on their next possession with Butker’s field goal to extend their lead to two possessions. Tagovailoa completed 28 of 48 passes for 316 yards with two passing touchdowns and an interception while ensuring that Kansas City wouldn’t run away with the game.
The loss dropped the Dolphins to 8-5, which leaves them in a tough battle in the season’s final three weeks to clinch a playoff berth in the AFC.
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