Live: Miami Dolphins, Tua trail Kansas City Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes in second quarter

Dan Rorabaugh

| Palm Beach Post

The Miami Dolphins face their biggest test of the season today when they welcome Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs to Hard Rock Stadium.

The Dolphins have won two games in a row and are a game behind the Buffalo Bills for the lead in the AFC East. They are banking on their defense, led by Xavien Howard, Emmanuel Ogbah and Andrew Van Ginkel, to contain Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and the vaunted Chiefs offense.

Rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is 4-1 this season. The Dolphins will be without running back Myles Gaskin, who went on the COVID list Saturday.

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Patrick Mahomes started with a 26-yard pass to Clyde Edwards-Helaire that got 15 more yards tacked on after a facemask penalty on Xavien Howard. The Dolphins got it to fourth-and-1, but Mahomes found Tyreek Hill on a short pass that turned into a 22-yard gain to get the Chiefs down to the two-minute warning. Mahomes has thrown for 393 yards, with 79 going to Hill.

Edwrad-Helaire was stopped in the backfield before the two-minute warning. The Dolphins are out of timeouts.

Score: Chiefs 30, Dolphins 24

After forcing a three-and-out with a sack by Jerome Baker and Christian Wilkins, the Dolphins took over at their 25-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Mike Gesicki was injured on the tackle after making a 2-yard catch. He was helped off the field with a trainer supporting his right arm.

The Dolphins were already playing without top wideout DeVante Parker, who left earlier in the game with a leg injury.

Tua Tagovailoa went 6 of 8 for 48 yards on the drive and scrambled to convert and third-and-short inside the 10-yard line. The Dolphins benefited from three Chiefs penalties inside the 10, including pass interference calls in the end zone on Daniel Sorensen and Anthony Hitchens.

Tua ended the drive by plunging into the end zone on a goal-line QB sneak. It’s a game again with 4:15 to go.

Score: Chiefs 30, Dolphins 24

Tua Tagovailoa marched the Dolphins down the field in the liveliest drive the Dolphins put together all game. Tua completed five straight passes for 80 yards, ending with a 29-yard thread to Mike Gesicki for the tight end’s second touchdown of the game.

Tua is now 21 of 37 for 246 yards and two TDs in the game. Gesicki has four catches for 63 yards.

Score: Chiefs 30, Dolphins 17

Just when it looked like the Chiefs would put the game away, Xavien Howard entered the chat.

The Dolphins’ star cornerback made an athletic leap to intercept a Patrick Mahomes pass at the goal line intended for Tyreek Hill.

It marked the fifth straight game in which Howard has recorded an interception. It gives Mahomes three interceptions in the game, one more than he had all season entering the day.

Score: Chiefs 30, Dolphins 10

The Chiefs went three-and-out after the free kick. Tua Tagovailoa found Lynn Bowden for a couple of 11-yard gains, but another sack on third down forced the Dolphins to punt.

The Travis Kelce show continued with a spectacular 32-yard pickup where he caught a toss from Patrick Mahomes over the head of Eric Rowe. The Chiefs were driving again as the third quarter came to a close.

It’s not all bad news for Dolphins fans, though.

Score: Chiefs 30, Dolphins 10

Tua Tagovailoa has had a tough time getting comfortable in the pocket. He led a drive near midfield before the offense petered out and the Dolphins had to punt back to the Chiefs.

Travis Kelce had another 20-yard gain as the Chiefs continued pounding away at the Dolphins’ defense. His seventh catch of the game put him over 100 yards for the game.

Safety Bobby McCain was ruled questionable to return with an ankle injury. Kavon Frazier is filling in after Clayton Fejedelem was burned on a Tyreek Hill touchdown.

Mecole Hardman had another big play in the works before Byron Jones punched the ball away from him inside the Dolphins’ 15. Kamu Grugier-Hill fell on the fumble.

Tackle Austin Jackson was injured on the first play of the Dolphins’ drive. On the next play, Chris Jones broke through the line to sack Tua for a safety.

Score: Chiefs 30, Dolphins 10

The Dolphins continue to struggle keeping Tua Tagovailoa away from the Chiefs’ pressure. Tua threw two incompletions, both under pressure from pass rushers.

After a three-and-out, the Dolphins punted to Mecole Hardman, who took the ball 67 yards for a touchdown that suddenly put the Dolphins in a deep hole.

Score: Chiefs 28, Dolphins 10

The Chiefs are off and running in the second half. Two plays ater a short pass to Clyde Edwards-Helaire turned into 26 yards, Patrick Mahomes found a streaking Tyreek Hill for a 44-yard touchdown.

Hill beat safety Clayton Fejedelem on the play. Fejedelem was in for Bobby McCain, who was injured earlier in the drive.

Score: Chiefs 21, Dolphins 10

DeVante Parker left for the locker room early with a leg injury. He is questionable to return.

Tua Tagovailoa connected on his first two passes with 37 seconds left in the half, but a Frank Clark sack saw the Dolphins close the first half trailing the defenidng champs.

Tua was 11 of 19 for 125 yards, a touchdown and an interception. DeAndre Washington was the team’s leading rusher with 22 yards on nine carries. Jakeem Grant led receivers with three grabs for 32 yards.

Score: Chiefs 14, Dolphins 10

Travis Kelce picked up 14 yards on a pass, and the Chiefs got 15 more off a roughing the passer penalty called on Shaq Lawson. LeVeon Bell picked up 22 yards over the next three plays, and the Chiefs got 15 yards to Sammy Watkins on a nifty play design.

The drive ended with Patrick Mahomes rolling to the right until Kelce became open in the end zone. The 6-yard pass put the Chiefs in the lead for the first time.

Kelce has six catches for 72 yards. Mahomes is 13 of 19 for 172 yards.

Score: Chiefs 14, Dolphins 10

Tua Tagovailoa finally threw his first career interception. It came on a deep ball to Jakeem Grant that wound up in the arms of Tyrann Mathieu.

Tua was 9 of 17 for 100 yards on the game before the pick.

Score: Dolphins 10, Chiefs 7

Tua Tagovailoa is dealing with an ankle injury suffered on the Dolphins’ last scoring drive. Tackle Austin Jackson stepped on his right ankle after a throw. Tua was seen by CBS cameras getting it taped on the sideline.

On the following series, Tua missed an open DeVante Parker, but the Chiefs’ Anthony Hitchens was called for unnecessary roughness. Tua was later sacked and scrambled for 2 yards on third-and-long.

After a punt, the Chiefs were also unable to get anything going. Jerome Baker sacked Patrick Mahomes for the second time, and the Chiefs punted back.

Score: Dolphins 10, Chiefs 7

The Chiefs machine turned on in earnest. Travis Kelce picked up 21 yards on the first play of the Chiefs’ drive, then added another 9 on a swing pass on the next play. Then after Patrick Mahomes found Demarcus Robinson for 13 yards, he handed it to Tyreek Hill on an end around for a 32-yard touchdown.

Kelce has four catches for 54 yards so far. The TD was Hill’s first touch of the game.

Score: Dolphins 10, Chiefs 7

Tua Tagovailoa went 4 of 6 on the drive, just missing DeVante Parker in the end zone on third down. The Dolphins again tried a trick play with Lynn Bowden passing, but again the Chiefs broke it up, covering Tua trying to wheel into the end zone.

Jason Sanders hit a 31-yard field goal to extend the Dolphins’ lead.

Score: Dolphins 10, Chiefs 0

After Patrick Mahomes opened the drive with a 37-yard strike to Sammy Watkins, the Dolphins intercepted the reigning Super Bowl MVP for the second time in the first quarter. This time, it was Eric Rowe.

Mahomes had thrown only two interceptions this entire season entering today’s game.

The Dolphins ran one play before the end of the first quarter. Mahomes was 5 of 7 for 78 yards in the opening quarter, while Tua Tagovailoa was 4 of 8 for 55 yards and a touchdown.

Score: Dolphins 7, Chiefs 0

Tua Tagovailoa found Mike Gesicki out of the slot for a key third-and-long conversion, then hit Jakeem Grant for 19 yards on a slant on another third down. Tua then hit Gesicki again on a rollout for a 7-yard touchdown to give the Dolphins the lead.

Score: Dolphins 7, Chiefs 0

On the first snap of the series, Patrick Mahomes fumbled the snap. Andrew Van Ginkel nearly recovered, but Mahomes fell back on it. After hitting Travis Kelce for a short gain, Mahomes tried to scramble around the Dolphins pass rush but was chased down by linebacker Jerome Baker for a 30-yard sack.

Score: Dolphins 0, Chiefs 0

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The Dolphins tried to get tricky with a pass called for receiver Lynn Bowden, but the Chiefs were all over it. Tua Tagovailoa hit Adam Sheheen on a 17-yard pass and scrambled for another 7 yards to get Miami into field goal range, but Jason Sanders, who had missed only one field goal attempt all season, missed wide right from 45 yards out.

Score: Dolphins 0, Chiefs 0

The Dolphins started on offense, but two drops by DeVante Parker and Jakeem Grant led to a three-and-out.

The Chiefs moved the ball down the field thanks to the running and, of course, passing of Patrick Mahomes, who completed his first three passes for 34 yards. But a screen pass from the Dolphins’ 27 was deflected into the sky by Andrew Van Ginkel and intercepted by Byron Jones, who returned it to the 40-yard line.

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