Defense Does It Again

The Dolphins defense turned in another tremendous performance Sunday, shutting down the red-hot Kansas City offense to spearhead a 13-10 victory.

Chiefs quarterback and former Dolphin Damon Huard came into the game as one of the biggest stories in the NFL this season, but Miami made him look like a career backup by stifling him from start to finish.

Huard didn't thrown any interceptions, but he also didn't have any touchdown passes and also completed under 50 percent of his passes.

The victory was clinched when Huard's pass on fourth-and-12 from the Chiefs 46-yard line fell incomplete after bouncing off the hands of well-covered wide receiver Samie Parker.

Actually, the game shouldn't even have come down to that because the Chiefs only were able to make it close after a botched double-reverse exchange between Ronnie Brown and Chris Chambers resulted in a fumble and a first down for Kansas City at the Dolphins 20-yard line.

That led to Larry Johnson's 2-yard touchdown run. But for the most part the Dolphins controlled Johnson, who was coming off a couple of huge performances.

The defense was dominant from the staqrt, with Kansas City not picking a first down until only 3:44 was left in the first half.

On the flip side, the Dolphins were efficient on offense and avoided turnovers other than the Brown fumble.

The Dolphins took the lead on their first drive when they marched 58 yards and got a 40-yard field goal from Olindo Mare.

The lead increased to 6-0 in the second quarter after the Dolphins had to settle for a 22-yard field goal after having first-and-goal from the 9-yard line.

A 46-yard completion from Joey Harrington to Chris Chambers off a flea-flicker set up the Dolphins' only touchdown of the day, a 1-yard run by Brown that made the score 13-0.

The Dolphins missed a chance to add to the lead when Mare was wide left on a 50-yard field goal attempt, but that was countered by Jason Taylor getting his fingers on a 48-yard attempt by Kansas City's Lawrence Tynes to make the field goal come up short.

Kansas City's best drive of the day was an 84-yard march between the third and fourth quarters, but the Dolphins stiffened after it became first-and-goal from the 9 and forced the Chiefs to settle for a field goal.

It was another highlight for a defense that again had plenty. There weren't a ton of turnovers in this game like there were in Chicago, but the Chiefs were on a roll and they got totally shut down.

The Dolphins now stand at 3-6 as they continue to try to climb out of the hole they created for themselves at the start of the season.


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