Scout.com Chiefs Report

Maybe now the public clamor over the Chiefs' impending quarterback decision will be stilled. Kansas City's offense, which scored 30 or more points in each of its three consecutive victories heading into south Florida, went three-and-out on its first five possessions and fell into a hole from which it never escaped in a 13-10 loss in Miami.

Kansas City got its initial first down and first penetration of Miami territory with just under four minutes remaining in the first half. That drive got only as far as the 30, and Lawrence Tynes' 48-yard field goal was partially deflected by Jason Taylor.

Damon Huard, whose proficient play in the absence of injured starter Trent Green had many Chiefs fans suggesting he should stay behind center when Green is healthy enough to return sometime soon, hit only one of his first seven passes for two yards. Kansas City ran only 23 plays to Miami's 43 and held the ball for 10 1/2 minutes to the Dolphins 19 1/2 in trailing 13-0 at halftime.

"I've certainly got to play better," said Huard, whose 57.0 passer rating broke a string of three straight 100-point games. "I'm judged by wins and losses, and we didn't get it done, especially in the first half.

"It's a game of confidence and momentum," Huard added. "If you get some first downs early, it seems to carry over. But we couldn't get anything going early for some reason. That put us in a hole, and in the second half it was almost too late."

While the Chiefs defense held Miami scoreless in the final 38 minutes, Kansas City's offense couldn't hold up its end.

They finally hit the scoreboard on a 27-yard Tynes field goal with 11 minutes left. They found the end zone only after Jared Allen recovered a Fins fumble and returned it 20 yards to the Miami 20. Larry Johnson's two-yard run with 7:14 remaining got the Chiefs to within three.

But the Kansas City defense couldn't get a stop when it most needed one. Miami got two first downs in a four-minute possession before finally giving up the ball with 3:11 left. With two timeouts and the two-minute warning, that should have been enough time for the Chiefs to get at least a tying field goal, even when starting from their own 14.

But Huard was sacked at his four on the first play. He later hit a big third-and-17 pass to Eddie Kennison for 31 yards, but the Chiefs advanced no further than the Miami 38 before its last drive ended on downs with 1:11 left.

"Our defense did a good job holding them to 13 points, and then they got us the ball back on the turnover," Huard noted. "But we let them down as an offense today."

PLAYER NOTES

--TE Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City's main offensive threat against Miami with a six-catch, 84-yard receiving day, sustained a shoulder injury late in the game that could prove troublesome.

--RB Larry Johnson saw his string of three straight 100-yard rushing games snapped with an 18-carry, 75-yard performance against Miami.

--LB Keyaron Fox got his first NFL start against Miami when he replaced strong-side LB Derrick Johnson (ankle). Fox missed a big tackle on a third-and-seven play late in the game when the Chiefs could have had a three-and-out stop.

--S Jarrad Page, a rookie, got his first NFL start when veteran Greg Wesley did not play with a shoulder injury.

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