Chiefs hold off Dolphins 33-27 despite Patrick Mahomes’ three interceptions

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The Chiefs had the game in the bag, up 30-10 heading into the fourth quarter. The Dolphins, though, made it interesting.

The Chiefs converted a fourth-and-one from the Miami 40 with 2:31 remaining on a quick pass from Patrick Mahomes to Tyreek Hill that went for 22 yards. Hill grabbed his hamstring after the play.

It allowed the Chiefs to have Harrison Butker kick a 46-yard field goal with 1:08 remaining for a two-score margin before the Dolphins added a late field goal.

The Chiefs won 33-27 despite four turnovers, including three interceptions thrown by Mahomes.

It was Kansas City’s eighth win in a row, giving the Chiefs a 12-1 record and clinching the AFC West. The Dolphins, who entered having won seven of eight, fell to 8-5 but remain in control of a wild card spot.

Byron Jones and Eric Rowe‘s early interceptions helped the Dolphins to a 10-0 lead before the Chiefs scored 30 unanswered. Hill had a 32-yard score on an end around and caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Mahomes; Travis Kelce caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Mahomes; Mecole Hardman returned a punt 67 yards for a score; and Chris Jones sacked Tua Tagovailoa in the end zone for a safety.

Xavien Howard‘s pick of Mahomes in the end zone with the Chiefs driving with 14:19 left got the Dolphins back in it. Howard now has an interception in five consecutive games.

The Dolphins scored two touchdowns, and with 4:15 remaining, were down only six points before the Chiefs ate 3:07 off the clock on their field goal drive.

Mahomes finished 24-of-34 for 393 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. He had a fumble he recovered and took a 30-yard sack.

Still, the Chiefs were the better team.

Kelce caught eight passes for 136 yards and a touchdown. Hill ran for 32 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 79 yards and a score.

Tagovailoa went 28-of-48 for 316 yards with two touchdowns and a pick. Mike Gesicki, who caught five passes for 65 yards and two touchdowns, left early with an arm injury.

44 responses to “Chiefs hold off Dolphins 33-27 despite Patrick Mahomes’ three interceptions

  1. Dolphins defense was exposed for what it is. Average at best. Miami has 3 more killer games left, I am saying 8-8 at seasons end

  2. Why not go for 2 after scoring the td at 30-23? Then they would be down 8 after the fg. Not good coaching by flores.

  3. Andy tried to make that game one of his signature “turn off the gas cause it’s in the bag, oh wait no it’s not” games.

    Ugly win but it was a win. Defense was sloppy in the 2nd half, and Mahomes was average for 2 quarters. Dolphins future looks bright!

  4. Man that is the worst game I have ever seen Patrick Mahomes play. Ever. I follow the Big XII & I don’t think he ever played that bad at Tech. Probably gave the MVP lead to Rodgers but I know Mahomes would take another SB MVP over regular season MVP hands down.

  5. I would not say the Chiefs were the better team. Miami plays them with ALL of their starting WR and RBs the outcome is most likely different.

  6. 393 yards, 2 TDS and 3 picks with a 30 yards sack, it’s the worst game I’ve seen him play and I was still confident he’d lead the team to a win. I’m not used to feeling this way.

  7. Frauds. The Tampa Bay Bucs are the class of the NFL and will win the super bowl easily

  8. PFTSelectiveCensorship says:
    December 13, 2020 at 4:32 pm
    Dolphins defense was exposed for what it is. Average at best. Miami has 3 more killer games left, I am saying 8-8 at seasons end

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    Umm. Did you see how horrible the dolphins D made the best QB in the league look!?!?!?!

  9. hinglemccringleberry says:
    December 13, 2020 at 4:48 pm
    I would not say the Chiefs were the better team. Miami plays them with ALL of their starting WR and RBs the outcome is most likely different.
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    Please..ALL of the Dolphins RBS are mediocre at best. The had Parker and Gesicki in there today. Not sure whatever WRs you were looking to see.

  10. Must be the chiefs are so good. That even after a loss. Fans of the losing team are absolutely thrilled their team kept it close.

  11. The fins hung in there. Its not a W but they’re keeping up with the big boys in year 2 of the rebuild. Things are looking up

  12. mahomie says:
    December 13, 2020 at 4:51 pm
    PFTSelectiveCensorship says:
    December 13, 2020 at 4:32 pm
    Dolphins defense was exposed for what it is. Average at best. Miami has 3 more killer games left, I am saying 8-8 at seasons end

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    Umm. Did you see how horrible the dolphins D made the best QB in the league look!?!?!?!
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    Yes they intercepted Mahomes 3 times they also got torched for 33 points and 450 yards of offense. They are an average defense at best, as we will see in their last 4 games (including this one). No more games vs the Jets, 49ers, Chargers, Jags and Bengals.

  13. To me, it’s harder to argue someone is the MVP when he has a bad game and his team still cruises to beat a good team.

    Not that he isn’t a great player, but he’s also playing on an extraordinary team.

  14. Mahomes seems to have trouble against teams that disguise their scheme, but the Chiefs special teams picked up some of the slack today. AFC East Teams are no joke.

  15. PFTSelectiveCensorship says:
    December 13, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Dolphins defense was exposed for what it is. Average at best. Miami has 3 more killer games left, I am saying 8-8 at seasons end

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    Are you kidding. Dolphins defense was missing two of their best linebackers, Kyle Van Noy and Elandon Roberts. Van Noy was defensive player of the week in the AFC last week. And they also lost Bobby McCain and Austin Jackson during the game.

  16. I thought Tua played well and showed some resilience at the end of the game. In the second half, he was basically playing with all backups at the skill positions and he still made plays to put points on the board and make it a game. What I like about the Chiefs is that they always seem to have enough confidence in themselves to hang in there and find ways to win when they aren’t playing great.

  17. Mahomes easily played his worst game of the season and they still scored 30 unanswered points. Just think about that for a minute. Looking more like the one-seed every week.
    BTW, credit the Dolphins D for forcing him to play his worst game of the season.

  18. I was pleased. The team fought for 60 minutes. This team will be a very good team after the draft and training camp next year.

  19. With this victory Mahomes & the Chiefs dating back to last season has WON 21 out of the last 22 games played, i can only imagine how hard it is for chiefs to get up for every single game.

  20. jr4real says:
    December 13, 2020 at 5:15 pm
    Steelers will kill the Chiefs
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________Steelers are catching another “L” this evening, they better be worried about just winning a game in December.

  21. I’m not worried about the Chiefs offense or Mahomes, but their D is weak. As long as Mahomes and co. put up 35+ points every game they should be ok, but that’s generally not a good formula to win another Super Bowl.
    The Dolphins have improved a lot since Flores took them over, but they are a far cry from the Steelers, Titans, and Bills.

  22. I like fans of other teams that have some level of fandom but also decency. Raiders fans are mostly classless, 49’er fans arrogant for some reason, Browns fan s pretty much all talk but after what their fans have gone through for so long you can’t blame them. Bills fans are good too.

    Good job Fins! Now the challenge starts… You have a good base team, but now you have to decide who stays, who you pay, which star player you can bring in that meshes with the team and what players you have to let go, without busting your team up. Good luck!

  23. springfield says:
    December 13, 2020 at 5:56 pm
    I like fans of other teams that have some level of fandom but also decency. Raiders fans are mostly classless, 49’er fans arrogant for some reason, Browns fan s pretty much all talk but after what their fans have gone through for so long you can’t blame them. Bills fans are good too.

    Good job Fins! Now the challenge starts… You have a good base team, but now you have to decide who stays, who you pay, which star player you can bring in that meshes with the team and what players you have to let go, without busting your team up. Good luck!

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    Laughable. They spent 237 mil in March. You don’t buy your base, esepcially witth the cap set tumble.

    Clueless. What they need to do is not blow their upcoming drafts like with the Tua pick and others like they have been doing because these pricey rentals are very expensive during a rebuild.

  24. jrterrier5 says:
    December 13, 2020 at 5:15 pm
    PFTSelectiveCensorship says:
    December 13, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Dolphins defense was exposed for what it is. Average at best. Miami has 3 more killer games left, I am saying 8-8 at seasons end

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    Are you kidding. Dolphins defense was missing two of their best linebackers, Kyle Van Noy and Elandon Roberts. Van Noy was defensive player of the week in the AFC last week. And they also lost Bobby McCain and Austin Jackson during the game.

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    Elandon Roberts? lol

    Kinda funny how funny to me how Van Noy was winning SBs in NE on top 10 Ds and never even made a flippin’ Pro Bowl and now since he left NE, he’s a star.

    You people are so disingenous it’s amazing.

  25. Chiefs become predictable and one-dimensional when they have a greater than one score lead. It’s going to bite them one of these days. That said, I’m thrilled they’ve secured another division title. Hopefully they can make a deep run in the playoffs.

  26. This Chiefs fan came away from this game impressed with what the Dolphins are building. They’re headed in the right direction. The Chiefs were both brilliant and frustrating today, but they did what they do. They found a way. That’s the identity of this team. They always find a way.

  27. dj12gauge says:
    December 13, 2020 at 5:01 pm
    The fins hung in there. Its not a W but they’re keeping up with the big boys in year 2 of the rebuild. Things are looking up. Year 2 of the rebuild? More like year 17 of the rebuild.

  28. It’s obvious some of the people commenting did not watch the game. One comment refuted my remark about Miami being without all the WR and RB. Guess he things Gesicki is a WR?
    Bottom line is Miami wins this game if they had the full compliment of players as well as the dropped TD in EZ and the missed kick.
    The better team today was KC because they won the game. But Miami can play with KC or anyone else in the league. Next season it will be a much different story.

  29. icouldcareless says:
    December 13, 2020 at 6:08 pm
    Mahomes stinks he’s totally overrated

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    Only 1 loss since November of LAST YEAR. Totally totally overrated.

  30. icouldcareless says:
    December 13, 2020 at 6:08 pm
    Mahomes stinks he’s totally overrated
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    You win for the most incredibly clueless comment of the decade. No one else is close.

  31. Mahomes stinks he’s totally overrated

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    He doesn’t stink but he is vastly overrated. I could throw 20 TD’s on that team.

    Everyone will thumbs down this but when the salary cap starts tearing this team apart next year we will see how good he is

  32. The score was close enough that it should be put to a vote of the fans of KC & Miami. “Overturn the Win”. That’s a “thing” now, right?

  33. kev359 says:
    December 13, 2020 at 7:31 pm
    Mahomes stinks he’s totally overrated

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    He doesn’t stink but he is vastly overrated. I could throw 20 TD’s on that team.

    Everyone will thumbs down this but when the salary cap starts tearing this team apart next year we will see how good he is
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    Betting that not only could you not throw 20 TDs on that team, but that your internet capologist/GM skills may be lacking.

  34. MVP his first year starting, Lombardi trophy and SB MVP his second year starting, 12-1 record so far this season and in play for the #1 seed.
    Yep, totally overrated!!

  35. Everyone will thumbs down this but when the salary cap starts tearing this team apart next year we will see how good he is

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    Name one successful QB that hasn’t had good players around him? Brady had gronk and moss. What about beast mode in Seattle to name a few?

  36. Mahomes’ worst game of his NFL career is still better than most QB’s best game. Chiefs were caught looking ahead to next week against the Saints. However with Mahomes at the helm, Chiefs fans are always confident. You are never out of the game with Patty slinging the ball.

  37. Miami was overmatched, playing the best team in the league with a rookie QB. They went into the game missing the first three RB, their second receivers and two LB.
    And they made some mistakes on offense, defense and special teams.
    And they lost their top receiver, top TE and returner in the course of the game
    But yet they intercepted the best QB in the league three times (Mahomes had two int in 11 games). They scored 27 points and kept it close.
    There are no moral victories in the NFL. But if there was ever a moral victory this would be it.
    Miami needs to win two of the last three games to have a chance at the playoffs. Believe they will.

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