Gametime weather was somewhere around 10 degrees Fahrenheit, with a windchill factor of -4. This is bonecrunching cold weather. The type of weather a team from subtropical South Florida is not and cannot get used to playing in. There weren't any snowflakes so watching the game on TV could have been misleading, but make no mistake about it, these teams would have rather been in a furnace than on the field.
Everyone probably expected a score of 9-6, with the defenses dominating the field and the kickers dominating the scoring. Instead, the game turned into a high scoring shootout, with both defenses clearly hesitant to hit in the subarctic-like temperatures and both offenses taking advantage.
The scoring started with a 31-yard reverse from Ted Ginn Jr, who got excellent blocking from Samson Satele and turned it upfield for a score. It continued with a Thigpen interception that set up the Dolphins in scoring position again, and a Dan Carpenter field goal. The Dolphins were up 10-0 with 11:52 left in the first quarter.
That's when the Chiefs offense unleashed the type of production the Dolphins haven't faced since the New England Patriots. The Chiefs ran it and threw it at will, scoring 4 touchdowns in the 1st half. Luckily for the Dolphins, the offense held up it's part of the bargain and kept the Dolphins in it going into half time. The Dolphins were down 28-24 at the half.
Whatever Tony Sparano said to his defense in the lockerroom at half time clearly had an impact. Who knows if there were punched walls and broken lockers, threats of being cut or just Sparano challenging the toughness of his defense. But the Dolphins defense, who had allowed 28 points in the first half, only allowed 3 in the second half, while intercepting two passes.
On offense, the Dolphins were productive all day long, only punting twice. There were two turnovers, although one was clearly a bad call. That was not a fumble by Ricky Williams. Regardless, the Dolphins offense, both the run and the pass, came through in a big way. Once again the Dolphins tight ends, who have been the unsung heroes of this offense, came through with 3 touchdown catches, including the game winner by Anthony Fasano, a quick throw against the blitz in which Fasano reeled the ball in with one hand and turned around to punish defenders. Does Fasano remind anyone else of Mark Bavaro, the great tight end from the New York Giants when Parcells was the coach?
The final outcome was a 38-31 win for the Dolphins, a far cry from the field goal battle most were probably expecting. The Dolphins were able to win the coldest game in their history. Do not take the difficulty of this too lightly. While Kansas City has a 2-13 record, they have been in a lot of close games and had a definite advantage over the Dolphins in the cold weather.
Next up, the hated, despised New York Jets in New York. The Dolphins control their destiny. They can end the Jets meager playoff hopes and take the division.
Who would have thought any of this was possible 8 months ago?
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