NFL play-offs: Chiefs lead Dolphins in -20C conditions – live text

The first two of six games on the NFL’s wildcard weekendCleveland Browns 14-45 Houston TexansHouston QB CJ Stroud puts on a show to dominate BrownsMiami Dolphins at Kansas City Chiefs in late gameChiefs match at Arrowhead could be one of the NFL’s coldest ever gamesTemperature of -20C expected in Kansas, colder than North Pole

Tua goes down under pressure when he can’t find anyone open, and the sack brings up fourth down for Miami, who had to punt.

The Chiefs are fuming as Brandon Jones gets hold of Mecole Hardman as he’s rushing through in top open space looking to catch a Mahomes pass.

The replay doesn’t go down well with the home crowd as the boos ring out around the stadium.

Big turnover here as Miami go for it on fourth down around midfield, but the Chiefs stand up to it, putting pressure on Tua and then knocking down his intended pass.

Chiefs get the ball back on their logo in the middle of the field.

Mami moving the ball nicely in response, mainly on the ground with Raheem Mostert doing the heavy lifting.

They’re just over midfield and you know Tua is just biding his time before trying to get the ball to Tyreek Hill

Harrison Butker slots a 26-yarder but there’ll be a bit of disappointment in that after Rashee Rice found the end zone but, not for the first time this season, a penalty has cost the Chiefs.

Rashee Rice runs in for his second touchdown, or so he thinks until he spots the flags on the field, which is on the Chiefs and rules out the score.

Former NFL quarterback and coach Jason Garrett: “That’s the formula right there – play within the system, but in the big moments, go be Patrick Mahomes.

“He just sees the [pass] rush, feels the rush, then makes his body ‘skinny’.”

He’s not particularly fast or graceful as a runner, but he’s elusive and not many are better at scrambling, especially when it matters

And it certainly mattered on a fourth and five, which Mahomes took 28 yards to the Miami 10.

The pattern of this game could change with each possession. Kansas City made a positive start but have since been a bit more cautious.

Miami, meanwhile, began cautiously but have gradually got more expansive, resulting in that touchdown for Tyreek Hill.

It seems to be a bit of a balancing act, with each team deciding how risky they’ll play it depending on how they feel about the cold each time they get the ball back.

’s literally impossible to stop. There’s no-one faster” – Phoebe Shecter, former Buffalo Bills coach, on Tyreek Hill

 

 

Gideon Canice

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