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Instant Analysis: Kansas City Chiefs 26, Miami Dolphins 7

Quick thoughts from South Florida Sun Sentinel staffers on the Miami Dolphins’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the wild-card round of the playoffs Saturday night at Arrowhead Stadium:

Dave Hyde, Sports Columnist

Thud. The Dolphins season ended in embarrassing fashion with a no-show from the offense Saturday night. It completed the fun-to-fraud conclusion of this team as they finished 1-6 against playoff teams. All that tanking and rebuilding for this?

Chris Perkins, Dolphins Columnist

The injury-riddled Dolphins laid an egg in their wild-card playoff game. The offense was non-existent and the defense couldn’t stop quarterback Patrick Mahomes or wide receiver Rashee Rice. Even if you didn’t expect a Dolphins victory, you expected a better performance.

David Furones, Dolphins Writer

The Dolphins looked like a team that hadn’t seen a kickoff temperature below 40 degrees in a playoff game played in below-0 weather. They didn’t want to tackle, and it didn’t help that they started 0 for 7 on third downs. A season that started with so much promise ends with the thud of three consecutive losses and a second straight first-round exit in the playoffs. Injuries played a role, of course.

Keven Lerner, Assistant Sports Editor

What a long, long offseason this will be. The defense? For all the attrition, the unit did much better against expectations in the 2-4 finish than the offense did. Question marks galore for Mike McDaniel’s side of the ball and his quarterback. Two 8-3 starts, two depressing finishes.

Steve Svekis, Sports Senior Content Editor

Everything felt so different early on this season, but that 2-and-4 December-January finish stacks up with any of the ignominious stems in that rancid bouquet and, for better or worse, those are two Miami finishes equaling a cumulative 4-10 record under Mike McDaniel. And, does Miami really give Tua Tagovailoa a massive-pay extension, or let him play the final year of his initial contract at $23 million in 2024?