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NFL: Dolphins get first win of the season with 31-3 victory

By Austin Tyler     Nov 7, 2011 in Sports
Kansas City - There were only two teams left that have not won a game coming into Week 9, and Miami Dolphins was one of them. The Dolphins have been in all of their games, but just haven’t been able to pull them out late leading to a 0-7 mark.
The Kansas City Chiefs (4-4) hosted the Miami Dolphins (1-7) for a Week 9 matchup that had the struggling Dolphins coming to Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs are coming off a very good win over the San Diego Chargers, and seemed to have momentum in their favor after that win. The Dolphins on the other hand has had trouble closing out games, but jumped out early today again but didn’t look back.
The Chiefs got the ball to start the game, and Matt Cassel (20/39, 235 yards) hit Dwyane Bowe (6 receptions, 88 yards) 7-yard pass to start the drive. Jackie Battle (14 carries, 40 yards) got the ball going on the ground with a 3-yard run. Cassel and Bowe then connected again on a 15-yard pass. The Chiefs continued to move the ball down field, but it later stalled and Ryan Succop came on to kick a 43-yard field-goal to make it a 3-0 lead.
The Dolphins got the ball with 3:39 left in the first quarter and Reggie Bush (13 carries, 9 yards, 1 TD) started the drive with a 3-yard run. Matt Moore (17/23, 244 yards, 3 TD’s) connected with Brandon Marshall (8 receptions, 106 yards, 1 TD) for a 20-yard gain and then with Bush on an 18-yard pass. Moore finished the drive with a 3-yard pass to Anthony Fasano (2 receptions, 38 yards, 2 TD’s) to make it a 7-3 Dolphins lead.
The second quarter began and Moore connected with Charles Clay (3 receptions, 50 yards) back-to-back gains of 20-plus yards. Moore then hit Fasano for a 35-yard touchdown pass that made it a 14-3 lead after a Chiefs punt.
Kansas City got the ball with 13:21 to begin the second half after a Dolphins punt. The Chiefs moved the ball with Battle to start the drive, but got help moving down the field with a pass interference call. Succop and the Chiefs lined up for a field-goal, but the snap was fumbled and the Dolphins took over after recovering the ball.
Miami took advantage of the turnover as Moore hit Marshall with a 5-yard pass to open the drive. Moore then connected with Bush on a 27-yard pass that had a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty tacked on to the end of it. After that big gain, Moore connected with Marshall again, but this one went for a 14-yard touchdown pass. That gave the Dolphins a commanding 21-3 lead.
The Chiefs then went three and out, and was forced to punt the ball back to the Dolphins. With the ball on Kansas City side of the field, Bush took over with an 18-yard run up and middle, and then had a 28-yard run for a touchdown to make it a 28-3 Dolphins lead.
The fourth quarter began with the Chiefs going for it on fourth down, but ended up turning the ball over as Cassel missed Bowe on the pass.
The Dolphins took over and Rush started out with back-to-back runs. Moore then hit Marshall on back-to-back passes to keep the drive going. Bush broke a 16-yard run to get another first down as the Dolphins marched down the field. Moore and Marshall connected one more time for a 12-yard pass, and then the drive stalled. Dan Carpenter came on to make a 42-yard field-goal, and seal the deal for the Dolphins who got their first win of the season.
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