Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Chiefs' Hopes Get Caught in Miami Vise Kc Playoff Bid Takes Hit; Dolphs Clinch Berth 45-28

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Chiefs' Hopes Get Caught in Miami Vise Kc Playoff Bid Takes Hit; Dolphs Clinch Berth 45-28

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That falling star Monday in the eastern sky belonged to Kansas City.

Touted as a Super Bowl contender in the preseason, the Chiefs are just another .500 team these days - one of seven 7-7 teams in the National Football League.

They lost for the fourth time in their last five games - and have dropped seven of 11 since a 3-0 start.

The perpetrators Monday were the Miami Dolphins, themselves scuffling with three losses in their last four outings entering the game. But the 45-28 win at Joe Robbie Stadium clinched a playoff berth for Miami (9-5).

The first half was no defensive dandy. The teams combined for 408 yards and 28 points, with quarterbacks Dan Marino and Steve Bono both throwing for more than 150 yards. Bono started in place of Joe Montana, who still is nursing a foot injury.

Speaking of injured feet, Miami coach Don Shula watched the game in a golf cart. A chauffered golf cart, no less. He's recovering from surgery last week for a ruptured right Achilles' tendon.

The best tackle of the half was applied by Kansas City running back Marcus Allen. He flattened Miami cornerback Troy Vincent on an interception return.

Otherwise, the teams took turns scoring touchdowns - two apiece - with all four drives going at least 10 plays and 75 yards.

First came the Chiefs, with a 10-play, 83-yard march capped by Bono's 22-yard TD pass to J.J. Birden.

On the following possession, the Dolphins moved 75 yards in 12 plays, with Marino passing to Bernie Parmalee for a 10-yard TD. The Dolphins still haven't scored a first-quarter touchdown this season, but the Parmalee score was the next best thing. It came on the first play of the second quarter.

On KC's next possession, the Chiefs moved 81 yards in 13 plays, with Marcus Allen running around right end for his 120th NFL touchdown.

Not to be outdone, the Dolphins moved 81 yards in 10 plays - Marino to Irving Fryar from 4 yards accounting for the touchdown with 3 minutes 19 seconds left in the half. The TD pass was No. …

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