Jakeem Grant enjoyed the best day of his young NFL career Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to help the Dolphins defeat the Kansas City Chiefs.
Grant’s 65-yard touchdown in the second quarter highlighted the first 100-yard receiving game of his career, but the Dolphins suffered a 29-13 loss that officially eliminated them from playoff contention.
Cody Parkey kicked two field goals for the Dolphins, who couldn’t overcome two lost fumbles or shut down the versatile Kansas City offense. The Dolphins were 0-for-7 in third-down conversions, and they also didn’t help their cause with penalties, as they gave the Chiefs two first downs with third-down penalties on defense and turned a third-and-9 on offense into a third-and-24 with a personal foul on guard Ted Larsen.
Jarvis Landry had five receptions, reaching the 100-catch mark on the season for the second time in his four-year NFL career. He’s the only player in Dolphins history to reach the century mark.
Tyreek Hill had 109 receiving yards and running back Kareem Hunt rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown for the Chiefs, who clinched their second consecutive AFC West title. Kicker Harrison Butker had five field goals.
A high-scoring first half ended with Kansas City leading 20-13 after the Chiefs got a late field goal.
After the first drive of the game ended with a Jarvis Landry fumble near midfield, the Chiefs and Dolphins traded field goals.
Kansas City took a 10-3 lead early in the second quarter after Alex Smith threw a 52-yard pass to Hill on third-and-15 from the Chiefs 35-yard line. That drive ended with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Smith to tight end Travis Kelce, who went over 1,000 receiving yards on the season.
A 26-yard completion from Jay Cutler to Grant followed by an 18-yard run by Kenyan Drake gave the Dolphins a first down at the Chiefs 15-yard line on the next possession, but they had to settle for a 28-yard Parkey field goal to make it a 10-6 Kansas City lead.
The Chiefs answered with a 68-yard drive that consisted of 58 rushing yards and 10 yards in Dolphins penalties. The big play was a 24-yard run by Hunt that came two plays before he scored on a 1-yard run.
Grant, a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, scored his touchdown on the very next play from scrimmage after catching a pass near the line of scrimmage, breaking a tackle and then outrunning the Kansas City defense to the end zone for the first offensive touchdown of his career.
The Dolphins wouldn’t be able to score after that.
They drove into Kansas City territory twice in the second half, but the first opportunity ended when cornerback Marcus Peters stripped Kenny Stills of the ball at the end of a 14-yard reception and the second ended when Parkey missed a 48-yard field goal attempt after Larsen’s penalty.
Five days after being selected to the Pro Bowl, safety Reshad Jones made several big plays on defense, including a pass breakup in the end zone and making the initial hit on Hunt when the Dolphins stopped Kansas City on fourth-and-1 from the Miami 19-yard line in the third quarter.
The Dolphins close out their 2017 regular season schedule next Sunday against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium.