The Kansas City Chiefs dominated the Miami Dolphins on Saturday night, putting them through to the Divisional Round for the sixth straight year.
The Chiefs were able to topple the Dolphins in one of the coldest games in NFL history. The weather got to negative four degrees Fahrenheit, and negative 27 degrees after wind chill. The Dolphins losing this game marks the 11th straight loss in weather under 40 degrees.
Chiefs' Big Performers
Chiefs had a huge performance from Rashee Rice, who once again is continuing to emerge as the Chiefs' top weapon and a trustworthy receiver. Rice went for 130 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions.
Patrick Mahomes continued to lead his team to a successful playoff result, throwing for 262 yards and a touchdown. He also added 41 rushing yards on two attempts.
Another big performer from the Chiefs was Isiah Pacheco, who ran for 89 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Although he did not have a very good average, he was a key to success in the victory.
The Dolphins on the other hand struggled to do anything with the football. They put up a total of 264 yards and went 1-12 on third down. The loss last week against Buffalo proved massive as it was the factor between playing in Miami or at Arrowhead.
Tua Tagovailoa once again struggled in a cold weathered game and disappointed for a second straight year. He threw for 199 yards, a touchdown, and an interception on just over a 50% completion percentage. Many were very underwhelmed with this considering Miami was a top offense all year and they have top weapons in football.
Miami’s very good running game also never got going, and they did not try to make it work either. Raheem Mostert led the way with a subpar performance. He rushed for 33 yards on eight carries and did not score a touchdown. Rookie sensation De’Von Achane did not seem like he was a large part of the game plan, only rushing the ball six times for nine yards. With the lack of efficiency from the run game, it was going to be nearly impossible for Miami to win.
Conclusion and Looking Ahead
Miami has the pieces to win, but so far they have been unable to beat the top teams when they need to. If they can figure out how to produce against the best teams as they do against the average/sub-par teams, they will be dominant in the playoffs for years to come.
For Now, it is once again the Chiefs that will try to run through the AFC again and make the Super Bowl for the fourth time in five years. They will also try to repeat and defend their trophy from last year. Even though earlier this season it appeared they did not have the receiving core to do so, Rashee Rice has emerged and Travis Kelce will still wreck through many teams defenses. Kansas City will likely have a heavyweight matchup at Buffalo next week unless the Steelers can produce a huge upset on Monday.