Final

Dolphins 31

(1-7, 1-4 away)

Chiefs 3

(4-4, 2-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 6, 2011

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO 

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 7 7 14 331
KC 3 0 0 03

Top Performers

Passing: M. Cassel (KC) - 253 YDS

Rushing: R. Bush (MIA) - 13 CAR, 92 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: S. Breaston (KC) - 7 REC, 115 YDS

Dolphins knock off Chiefs for team's first win of the season

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It didn't matter how big of a lead the Miami Dolphins built on the Kansas City Chiefs. It still wasn't enough to keep them from feeling jittery.

One of two winless teams left in the NFL, the Dolphins came into Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday with the cloud of two second-half collapses still hovering. They were also facing a Chiefs team that had mastered the art of the comeback: 0-3 to 4-3 in four games.

So it made sense that nobody on the Dolphins sideline was celebrating until the final seconds ticked away, and coach Tony Sparano's beleaguered team could finally enjoy a 31-3 victory.

"I'm just happy for the guys in our locker room," Sparano said. "All I've wanted to do for seven weeks is see these guys smile."

There was plenty to smile about.

Matt Moore threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns, the first three-TD performance by a Miami quarterback since Chad Pennington in 2008. Reggie Bush ran for 92 yards and another score, and tight end Anthony Fasano hauled in two touchdown passes in the first half.

Brandon Marshall finished with eight catches for 106 yards and another score, once again making for a miserable afternoon for the Chiefs. The former Broncos wide receiver has 52 catches for 689 yards and seven touchdowns in eight games against Kansas City in his career.

"We had a couple of big plays, which kind of lit the fire," Moore said. "You make a couple of big plays early and there's no telling what can happen."

The virtuoso performance by the Miami offense helped brush away the spectre of an 0-7 start, which included a pair of disheartening losses the past two weeks: The Dolphins blew a 15-point lead in an overtime loss to Denver and a seven-point lead last week against the New York Giants.

"This is all about the players," Sparano said. "These guys did a super job all week long of putting all the garbage behind them."

Kansas City, meanwhile, looked more like the team that lost its first two games by a combined 89-10 than the one that rattled off four straight wins to climb into a tie atop the AFC West. The Chiefs, Chargers and Raiders remained tied for first place in the division after all three lost Sunday.

Matt Cassel was 20 of 39 for 253 yards despite facing a secondary missing cornerback Vontae Davis and had backup Nolan Carroll leave several times with a hamstring injury.

Of course, the defensive backfield didn't have much to defend.

The Dolphins' relentless front spent most of the afternoon in Cassel's face, sacking him five times and forcing the slow-footed quarterback to scramble nine more times. The Chiefs came into the game having allowed 13 sacks all season, tied for sixth-best in the league.

"They executed and we didn't," Cassel said. "We were able to put together some drives, but we weren't able to sustain those drives offensively. We have to do a better job of executing. It starts with me and all the way down the line."

Things looked promising for Kansas City its opening possession, when it put together a grinding, 14-play, 53-yard drive that Ryan Succop finished off with a 43-yard field goal.

The Chiefs didn't do much after that.

Miami answered with a touchdown later in the first quarter when nobody pick up Fasano off the line of scrimmage. Moore simply tossed a pass to him from 3 yards out, the first of 31 straight points scored by the Dolphins -- more than they'd scored in any game this season.

On the Dolphins' ensuing possession, Moore hit fullback Charles Clay for gains of 21 and 22 yards, and then found Fasano open down the sideline for a 35-yard touchdown completion and a 14-3 lead.

Fasano's only other two-TD game also came against the Chiefs.

The Dolphins offense really hit the accelerator in the third quarter, when Moore found Marshall for a 14-yard touchdown pass, and Bush shook loose for a 28-yard scoring run, the former No. 2 overall draft pick's first TD on the ground since Nov. 15, 2009.

Any chance of a comeback ended early in the fourth quarter, when Kansas City failed to convert on fourth down at the Dolphins 3. The Chiefs also couldn't score on fourth-and-goal at the 5-yard line in the closing minutes of the game.

"This was not the kind of performance we expected or wanted," Chiefs coach Todd Haley said stoically. "This was a very dangerous team that was playing a lot better than their record. It's hard to win in the NFL and they just did a better job than us."

Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers put it more succinctly.

"We got beat," he said. "We got beat pretty bad by the Miami Dolphins. At home."

Game notes


LB Jason Taylor played in his 196th game for Miami, tied with OL Bob Kuechenberg for second place on the franchise list. ... The three points allowed by the Dolphins were the fewest since they beat Buffalo 16-3 on Dec. 7, 2008. ... Jackie Battle carried 14 times for 40 yards for the Chiefs. Cassel was their second-leading rushing with nine carries for 38 yards. ... The Chiefs have lost eight of their last 10 games against Miami.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIA
KC
1st Downs1720
Passing 1st downs
1211
Rushing 1st downs
35
1st downs from Penalties
24
3rd down efficiency
3-108-20
4th down efficiency
0-02-6
Total Plays4778
Total Yards351343
Yards per play7.54.4
Total Drives1111
Passing244227
Comp - Att
17-2320-39
Yards per pass
10.65.8
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks - Yards Lost
0-05-26
Rushing107116
Rushing Attempts
2434
Yards per rush
4.53.4
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-20-2
Penalties7-498-70
Turnovers00
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession25:2134:39

Passing Leaders

MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Moore17/2324410.6300-0
KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Cassel20/392536.5005-26

Rushing Leaders

MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Bush13927.1128
Thomas7121.704
KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Battle14402.908
Cassel9384.2011

Receiving Leaders

MIARECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Marshall810613.313011
Bush35016.70273
KCRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Breaston711516.403711
Bowe68814.703110

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMIAKC
kcFG07:11Ryan Succop 43 Yd 03
miaTD00:46Anthony Fasano 3 Yd Pass From Matt Moore (Dan Carpenter Kick) 73
SECOND QUARTERMIAKC
miaTD09:41Anthony Fasano 35 Yd Pass From Matt Moore (Dan Carpenter Kick) 143
THIRD QUARTERMIAKC
miaTD08:38Brandon Marshall 14 Yd Pass From Matt Moore (Dan Carpenter Kick) 213
miaTD06:41Reggie Bush 28 Yd Run (Dan Carpenter Kick) 283
FOURTH QUARTERMIAKC
miaFG08:08Dan Carpenter 42 Yd 313

Research Notes

NEXT LEVEL: Reggie Bush rushed for over 90 yards for a second-straight game on Sunday. Bush did the majority of his damage before being hit, averaging 5.9 rushing yards before first contact. Entering Sunday, Bush averaged just 2.3 yards before first contact on his 75 rush attempts.
Anthony Fasano has 2 Rec TD, the 1st multi-Rec TD game by a Dolphins TE since Fasano did so on December 21, 2008 also against the Chiefs.

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