Chiefs 30, Dolphins 20
The Kansas City Chiefs made a quick trip worth the trouble.
With Hurricane Wilma scrambling the schedule, the Chiefs arrived less than six hours before kickoff for a rare Friday night game, then shook off any flight fatigue to beat the Miami Dolphins, 30-20.
Trent Green threw for 289 yards against Miami's injury-depleted secondary and the Chiefs totaled a season-high 462 yards while controlling the ball for nearly 42 minutes. Lawrence Tynes's three field goals included a 51- and 52-yarder, the longest kicks of his career.
Announced attendance was 68,350, but with the late scheduling change and rain in the area, the actual crowd totaled about 40,000.
Fans were jeering by Miami's second series. Gus Frerotte misfired on two potential touchdown passes and went 11 for 29, Ricky Williams lost one yard on six carries and the defense gave up four scoring drives of eight plays or more.
On Thursday, with some forecasts predicting a weekend hurricane in Florida, the NFL moved up the scheduled Sunday kickoff by 42 hours. The Chiefs landed early Friday afternoon following a three-hour flight, then stretched their legs at a hotel before heading to the stadium.
"We had a job to do," Chiefs cornerback Patrick Surtain said. "Hey, it's a football game. We've been playing this since we were eight. It's really simple. Tonight guys found that extra bit of energy."
The Chiefs were scheduled to leave right after the game and arrive home in Kansas City about 2 a.m.
Despite the less-than-ideal itinerary, Kansas City (4-2) scored a touchdown on the first series and never trailed. The Dolphins (2-4) missed a chance to claim a share of the AFC East lead, instead losing their third game in a row.
Miami's struggling secondary lost two starters in the first half to injuries: cornerback Sam Madison (hip) and safety Tebucky Jones (pectoral). Kansas City took advantage, scoring on five consecutive possessions for a 30-13 lead.
"I'm not blaming it on anything, because that's not my nature, but we certainly didn't have the energy and enthusiasm we've had up to this point," Miami Coach Nick Saban said. "We just didn't look like the same team out there, and I can't give you any reason exactly why."
Sage Rosenfels replaced Frerotte late in the game. His first pass was a 77-yard touchdown strike to Chris Chambers, who split two defenders to score.
Kansas City's Larry Johnson rushed for 93 yards and Priest Holmes ran for 90 and two scores. Miami's Williams, meanwhile, again saw limited duty in his second game following a one-year retirement and four-game drug suspension. He has seven yards on 11 carries this season.
"Physically, we got beat up out there," Saban said.