KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) -- The spotlight was on Ricky Williams and
stole the show.
Green passed for a career-high five touchdowns, including three to Gonzalez, to lead the
Kansas City Chiefs
to a 48-30 victory over the previously unbeaten
It was the third offensive explosion of the season for the Chiefs (2-2), who scored 40 points in a season-opening win at Cleveland and 38 in an overtime loss at New England last week.
"Last week we lost to the world champions and today we beat a playoff team that won 11 games last year and was undefeated when they got here," said Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil. "I think (offensive coordinator) Al Saunders did a spectacular job with the offense and he was awarded the game ball."
With Miami's defense keying on Holmes, the reigning NFL rushing champion, Green took advantage of Miami's safeties, completing 24-of-34 for 328 yards and joining Len Dawson and
as the only players in franchise history to throw five touchdowns in a game.
"It's fun to have a day like this," said Green, who previously threw four touchdowns in a game twice. "Our receivers got open and the offensive line gave me time to throw."
"You can't ask Trent to do any more than he did," Vermeil said. "He was in a zone and you could see he was there."
Gonzalez, a three-time Pro Bowl tight end, especially took advantage of the seams in the middle of the field, catching seven passes for 140 yards and setting a career-high in touchdowns. He caught scoring passes of nine, 42 and six yards, respectively.
"I was able to go out there and do what I do best," Gonzalez said. "We saw the middle of the field would be wide open."
"We went into the game thinking we could put
on their inside coverage," Vermeil said. "They (the Dolphins) roll the corners up and play two deep safeties a lot. That nullifies your receivers in a high percentage of the snaps, but it also isolates a nickel back or another linebacker or combinations of them on your inside people. We elected to put
on their inside people."
was the last Chiefs player to have three touchdown catches in a September 17, 2000 game against San Diego.
Miami (3-1) had a plus-8 turnover ratio in its first three games, but committed five turnovers - four interceptions by
and a fumble by Williams, who scored on a three-yard run.
"That's the story of the game. You can't committ as many turnovers as we did and expect to win," Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt said. "But give the Chiefs credit. They made a lot of plays."
starred on defense with a career-high three interceptions for 71 yards - all in the fourth quarter. Albert Lewis was the last player in franchise history to record three interceptions in a game, achieving the feat in a September 1, 1991 contest against Atlanta.
Williams and Holmes entered the game 1-2 in the league in rushing with 394 and 386 yards, respectively.
Williams had 66 yards on 14 carries and caught seven passes for 60 yards for Miami, but also committed a fumble. Holmes was held to 52 yards on 23 carries, including a 25-yard touchdown, and had six receptions for 63 yards.
"If you would have told me we would have held
to 50 yards and still lose the game, I wouldn't have believed you," Wannstedt said. "The way they had been scoring it was through running the ball, not throwing it. Against New England they ran the ball. But they have a heckuva offense and Gonzalez obviously gave us a lot of problems."
Fiedler was 29-of-45 for 310 yards and a touchdown.
Many believed the Dolphins might overlook this game with a contest against New England next weekend, but they started the game strong, needing just four plays to get in the end zone.
After a 15-yard facemask penalty on Chiefs cornerback
, Williams turned a screen pass into a 29-yard gain to the Kansas City 1. Fiedler scored on a one-yard keeper on the next play 1:54 into the game.
The Chiefs responded with an 11-play, 83-yard scoring drive which resulted in a nine-yard touchdown pass from Green to Gonzalez, who spiked the ball over the crossbar. Green was 4-for-4 for 63 yards in the drive, including a 30-yard pass over the middle to Gonzalez.
is the best tight end in the NFL," Green said. "He can catch the ball in traffic, you put the ball high and that's where he likes it. He has the best hands out there."
After the ensuing kickoff, Williams fumbled after he was hit by defensive end
recovered for the Chiefs at the Miami 37. That set up a 50-yard field goal by 42-year-old
, giving the Chiefs a 10-7 lead with 5:37 left in the quarter.
Miami came back with a 12-play, 56-yard drive which
capped with a game-tying 42-yard field goal 39 seconds into the second quarter.
On Kansas City's next possession, Green again connected with Gonzalez on a 32-yard pass over the middle. After a nine-yard pass to
, Holmes showed his brilliant cutback ability on a 25-yard scoring run which featured a block by Green on safety
, giving the Chiefs a 17-10 lead with 12:37 remaining in the half.
The Dolphins committed their second turnover on their next possession when a deflected pass by Fiedler was picked off by Warfield and returned six yards to the Kansas City 42. Green took immediate advantage, lofting a 46-yard bomb down the right sideline to
, who beat
. After an unnecessary roughness penalty on defensive tackle
, Green hit Morton with an eight-yard touchdown, increasing the lead to 24-10 with 9:23 left in the half.
"We had those two turnovers in the first half and played catchup the rest of the day," Fiedler said.
Mare kicked field goals of 29 and 25 yards in the final 3:39 of the quarter to pull the Chiefs within 24-16 at halftime.
The Chiefs opened the second half with a seven-play, 80-yard drive which Gonzalez capped with a 42-yard touchdown catch down the left sideline. After beating cornerback
, Gonzalez broke a tackle by Freeman at the Miami 10 and waltzed into the end zone.
"They made a halftime adjustment and took the middle away in the second half," Gonzalez said. "I know (Dolphins linebacker)
told me I wasn't going to get open anymore because they were going to double team me."
The Dolphins responded with a touchdown drive in just 2:18 as Williams scored on a three-yard run, pulling the Chiefs within 31-23.
Gonzalez outmuscled safety
and caught a six-yard touchdown 1:20 into the fourth quarter, capping an eight-play, 61-yard drive which featured a 16-yard run by Green.
The Dolphins fought back again, needing 2:10 to drive 63 yards. Fiedler hit
with a 21-yard pass, receiver
gained 19 yards on an end around and Fiedler scrambled for 12 yards before
caught a six-yard touchdown with 11:30 left.
A 41-yard interception return by Wesley set up a 24-yard field goal by Andersen with 7:33 remaining, giving the Chiefs a 41-30 advantage. It was the 18th straight field goal by Andersen.
A 17-yard interception return by Wesley to the Miami 20 set up another score. Two plays later, Green hit rookie tight end
with a two-yard touchdown.