Plenty To Be Happy About

Who needs practice? Apparently not the Kansas City Chiefs who went to Miami on a very short week and routed the Dolphins 30-20. The win coupled with Denver's loss in New York against the Giants put the Chiefs just 1/2 game behind the Broncos for the AFC West lead.

Their work day last Friday began around 8 a.m. when they drove to Kansas City International Airport, boarded a plane and settled in for a 3 1/2 hour flight to Miami.

By the time their day ended upon their return to Kansas City well after 2 a.m. Saturday morning, the tired but elated Chiefs had earned more than the designation of being the first NFL team to win a game they'd flown to on the same day.

They also earned three days off and an additional day of preparation in advance of this week's key AFC West Division game at San Diego.

OK, so maybe only a dozen or so people -- all of them members of the Chiefs coaching staff -- were thinking ahead to San Diego in the immediate wake of Kansas City's dominating 30-20 victory over Miami under the Friday night lights of South Florida.

The 36-hour scramble leading up to the suddenly rescheduled game -- moved forward two days on Thursday to beat the projected arrival of Hurricane Wilma -- had been so intense that no one had time to think abut about anything but the abbreviated preparations for the Dolphins.

But after rushing for 185 yards and three touchdowns and controlling the ball for almost 42 minutes of a game for which they'd had less than two full practices, the 4-2 Chiefs could again start thinking about challenging Denver, 5-2 with a tiebreaker edge over Kansas City, for the division lead.

The road to that goal starts in San Diego against a team that beat the Chiefs twice last year en route to the division championship. The Chiefs will take the first step on that road Tuesday, normally the players' day off. And they'll do so with the understanding that if they could win in Miami for the first time in seven tries on a hot, humid night after less than two full practices, anything the rest of the season is possible.

REPLAY:
Kansas City drove for a first-possession score and never relinquished the lead in a 30-20 win at Miami on Friday. The closest the Dolphins got was 14-13, that coming when Ronnie Brown broke two Chiefs tackles on his way to a 65-yard touchdown run.

But Priest Holmes countered 41 seconds later with his own tackle-shedding, 35-yard scoring burst. Kansas City then got Lawrence Tynes field goals of 30, 51 and 52 yards on its next three possessions to extend its lead to 30-13 early in the fourth quarter.

PLAYER NOTES:
RB Larry Johnson had a season-high 23 carries -- the third-most of his three-year Chiefs career -- and finished with 93 yards and one touchdown in Miami. He played in a rotation with teammate Priest Holmes.

RB Priest Holmes tied his longest run of the year with a 35-yard touchdown that immediately answered a breakaway run by Miami's Ronnie Brown. Holmes finished with 90 yards and two TD's against the Dolphins.

K Lawrence Tynes kicked a career-long 51-yard field goal in the third quarter against Miami, then came right back on the next series to kick a 52-yarder. He's now hit 12 of 14 kicks this season with 4-of-5 accuracy from 40-plus yards.

TE Tony Gonzalez had his most productive game of the season against Miami with a seven-catch, 67-yard day. Gonzalez had caught just five passes in his previous three games.

WR Chris Horn, relegated to the inactive list for the previous two games, came roaring back to the field with a 50-yard reception on the drive for Kansas City's first-series touchdown at Miami.

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