September 30, 2002
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- This would be a good week for Trent Green bashers to give it a rest.
In his finest game since 1999, when knee surgery nearly wrecked his career, Green threw five touchdowns Sunday to lead Kansas City past previously unbeaten Miami 48-30.
He also ran for 48 yards and threw a textbook block on Priest Holmes' touchdown run.
"It's fun to have a day like that," said Green, who was 24-for-34 for 328 yards. He had no interceptions; Green led the league in that category last season with 24.
"Throw the block in there and that makes it that much more enjoyable," he said, grinning.
Three of Green's scores went to tight end Tony Gonzalez.
The Chiefs scored 38 points Sept. 22 against New England's respected defense and have been held under that total once in four games. In their first three games, the Dolphins allowed an average of 12.3 points.
Safety Greg Wesley intercepted three Jay Fiedler passes in the final eight minutes, setting up the final 10 points for the underdog Chiefs, who had lost five in a row to the Dolphins.
"It was just a frustrating day and a humbling experience," Dolphins safety Brock Marion said.
Gonzalez, the All-Pro tight end who missed all of training camp, had seven catches for 140 yards. He set the tone early with a 30-yard gain to set up his 9-yard touchdown.
Running backs Ricky Williams and Holmes were almost relegated to bit players on a day with 849 yards of offense.
Miami's Williams rushed for 66 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown. Holmes caught six passes for 63 yards and ran for 52, including a 25-yard score.
Leading 38-30 after Fiedler's 6-yard score to Rob Konrad, the Chiefs made it 41-30 on Morten Andersen's 24-yard field goal after Wesley's first interception.
Less than two minutes later, Green hit Billy Baber on a 3-yard score. The Chiefs took a 31-16 lead early in the third on Green's perfectly thrown pass to Gonzalez.
The Dolphins needed four plays to go 52 yards on their first possession, capped by Fiedler's 1-yard scoring plunge.
Then Green and Gonzalez went to work, capping an 11-play, 83-yard march with a 9-yard touchdown pass.
A moment later, Marvcus Patton recovered Williams' fumble on the Miami 36 and set up Andersen's 50-yard field goal.
The Chiefs took a 17-10 lead when Green threw a pancake block on Arturo Freeman, springing Holmes for his 25-yard run.