Matchup Memories: Dolphins - Chiefs

Five snapshots from the Dolphins-Chiefs series …


1. Dec. 25, 1971 — This was one of the most significant games in Dolphins history as they won their first playoff game, 27-24, in the longest NFL game ever played. The Dolphins tied the game late in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard pass from Bob Griese to tight end Marv Fleming before Garo Yepremian won it, 27-24, in the second overtime with a 37-yard field goal.


2. Sept. 17, 1972 — Nine months after their Christmas Day classic, the Dolphins and Chiefs were scheduled for a rematch in the first game at Arrowhead Stadium. The Dolphins dominated this game, racing out to a 20-0 lead before winning 20-10 to start their run to a perfect season. Running back Larry Csonka led the offense that day with 118 yards and a touchdown.


3. Dec. 31, 1994 — Four years after they faced each other in the playoffs, the teams had a third playoff meeting with something special added as a bonus. It featured a battle between legendary quarterbacks Dan Marino and Joe Montana, 10 years after they had faced each other in the Super Bowl. Marino got the better of this matchup, passing for 257 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-17 victory. Montana passed for 314 yards, but cornerback J.B. Brown picked him off in Miami territory in the fourth quarter and the Dolphins later stopped a Kansas City drive at the Miami 19-yard line.


4. Dec. 21, 2008 — This was the last time the Dolphins played in Kansas City in December, and it became the coldest game in franchise history with the kickoff temperature at 10 degrees. The cold didn't slow down either offense as the Dolphins pulled out a 38-31 victory that set the stage for them clinching the AFC East title the next week against the Jets. Tight end Anthony Fasano, who later would join the Chiefs before coming back to the Dolphins this season, had two touchdowns, including a game-winning 14-yard reception from Chad Pennington in the fourth quarter.


5. Nov. 6, 2011 — The Dolphins' last visit to Kansas City came six years ago after Matt Moore had replaced the injured Chad Henne at quarterback. The Dolphins were dominant in recording their first victory of the season after an 0-7 start, beating the Chiefs 31-3 after spotting them a 3-0 lead. Moore had a big day, passing for 244 yards and three touchdowns with a passer rating of 147.5. Fasano had another big game against the Chiefs, with both of his receptions going for touchdowns.

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