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The Miami Dolphins thought they had solved their road woes.Ryan Tannehill's return from a shoulder injury jump-started a stagnant offense. The defense forced three turnovers and pressured Andrew Luck. Then over the final nine minutes Youth Reggie Wayne Jersey , everything went awry and their old troubles came roaring back.Luck made the most of Miami's mounting miscues by directing the Indianapolis Colts to three late scoring drives, culminating in Adam Vinatieri's 32-yard field goal as time expired in Indy's 27-24 victory Sunday."We shot ourselves in the foot," Miami defensive end Cameron Wake said. "They made some plays too, nothing to take away from those guys. But in a critical moment, we have to be the ones to make it harder."Instead of celebrating, the Dolphins (5-6) went home with their 10th road loss in 11 games and fell one game behind Indianapolis (6-5) and Baltimore in the chase for the final AFC playoff spot.This one might go down as the most frustrating trip of the road slide because the Dolphins were perfectly positioned to close it out.They picked off Luck twice in the final minute of the first half, ended their touchdown drought on a 33-yard pass from Tannehill to Kenyan Drake on their opening possession and scored another TD at the end of the half . Miami retook the lead on Jason Sanders' 29-yard field goal in the third quarter and made it 24-14 on Drake's nifty 14-yard TD run with 13:36 remaining.Then Luck started to rally the Colts.A fourth-down conversion led to a field goal that cut the Dolphins' lead to 24-17.Following a three-and-out, Luck hooked up with Eric Ebron on a 12-yard TD pass with 4:25 left. After another three-and-out, Luck stepped through the pressure on third-and-9, somehow maintained his balance and found a wide-open Chester Rogers for a 34-yard gain to set up Vinatieri for the win.Even Luck acknowledged the Colts had been mystified by the Dolphins' defense."I was a little confused because they lined up in a look they had only showed once before all year," Luck said, referring to the crucial third-down conversion. "The guys did a good job of protecting and I saw Chester in the right spot at the right time."The Dolphins Reggie Wayne Jersey Stitched , of course, viewed the game as another chapter in an old story."(Andre) Branch has got the guy wrapped up, and it looks like we're going to have a sack and get the ball back," coach Adam Gase said. "He (Luck) squirms out of that and makes a great play. That's what the NFL is. It's one or two plays at the end."It wasn't just the big plays that cost the Dolphins.Two penalties in the waning moments hurt, too.Following Ebron's second score, cornerback Xavien Howard drew a personal foul call that allowed Indy to pooch kick the ball from midfield to just outside the goal line. On the ensuing return, Senorise Perry was called for holding, pinning the Dolphins at their own 6-yard line.Colts coach Frank Reich cited the kick, the coverage and the ensuing punt return that put Indy at its own 42 as the decisive twist.Dolphins running back Frank Gore, who spent three years as Luck's teammate, knew what to expect and that the Dolphins only had themselves to blame."We just have to finish as a team. Everybody," Gore said. What a story Saturday will be Youth Donte Moncrief Jersey , no matter the outcome. It is the story of an unlikely meeting between a team who few thought would even make the playoffs versus what was the season-long consensus top team in the AFC. There is no doubt that what the Chiefs have been able to accomplish this year will go down in the record books as one of the most dominant seasons, particularly on offense, in NFL history.Patrick Mahomes? In 2017, some evaluators questioned whether he had a cannon arm but little else.My word do those concerns look ridiculous. He is more than the quarterback with the strongest arm, who can throw the hardest fastball. He has been Houdini, a true showman at the quarterback position throughout the season. His no-look highlight is ridiculous.It is borderline unfair to think that Mahomes was gifted an offense that includes superstar players like perhaps the most dangerous deep threat in the NFL, Tyreek Hill, perhaps the best tight end in the game, Travis Kelce, and one of the most feared backfields (early in the season) in the NFL. When you dream up a dangerous, high-powered offense that will score points — the Chiefs offense is so ridiculously stacked with skill players that you would be forgiven if you couldn’t come up with a team that could match it in your head.This ought to look somewhat familiar to Colts fans. During the Peyton Manning era, there were numerous years where Indianapolis was at or near the most dominant offense in the NFL in just about any measure. Rarely did they have the run game that the Chiefs had early in the season but putting up points was almost never a problem.Chiefs fans have every excuse to believe that their offense will score points. If Colts fans honestly believe that the defense is going to shut down or shutout this offense Donte Moncrief Jersey Stitched , they should honestly return to reality. The defense in Indianapolis is definitely a different animal. It can produce stops, create turnovers, and limit big plays. Of that, there is no doubt. However, the Chiefs are going to get theirs on Saturday and the Colts are going to have to be prepared to consistently counter-punch or they will risk falling behind — a really poor choice if Indianapolis has any hope for an upset.It is true, the Colts have not faced off against anything like the Chiefs in 2018. Mahomes is the best quarterback the team will have seen. The Chiefs have the best collection of offensive weapons the Colts will have seen all year — even if Sammy Watkins doesn’t play. Matt Eberflus will have his hands full trying to slow down the offensive machine Kansas City has been fine-tuning all season long.Having said that, the Chiefs are about to run into something they haven’t seen this season either. The games that prepared them best for what they are about to see are the ones they played against the Los Angeles Chargers. They are going to play a team that has ridiculous balance and is near the top of the league in every category that should concern them.The offensive line the Chiefs are about to face will absolutely get overlooked by many of their fans. With the full complement of starting offensive linemen healthy this season, the Colts haven’t allowed a sack. With the full complement of starting offensive linemen healthy this season, the Colts have been able to efficiently run the football.This team will punch the Chiefs defense in the mouth in the trenches and grind out long, clock-eating drives on the ground — leaving Mahomes and his offensive skill players to freeze on the sideline — if Kansas City isn’t careful. The Colts also have Andrew Luck, a tight end with the most touchdowns in the league, a bevy of options out of the backfield White Andrew Luck Jersey , and T.Y. Hilton. Don’t get confused, the Colts offense isn’t anywhere as dominant as the Chiefs. However, it is certainly more balanced and far more smashmouth. In the cold, in the playoffs, if the Colts offense can control the ball and sustain drives, young Mahomes is going to get tested.The game has the makings of one that could go any direction. It could be a shootout for the ages with Andrew Luck forced to play catch up against the best offense in the NFL. It could be far more pedestrian on the scoreboard in elements that are surprisingly worse than what is currently forecasted. It wouldn’t shock me if the Chiefs ran away with the game and left the Colts realizing that they are still a season away from being a truly nasty playoff team. It also wouldn’t shock me if the Colts stunned Kansas City, pounced on their opportunities on defense and left Chiefs fans disappointed once again in the playoffs.No matter the outcome, it should be a good game and will likely include elements that surprise fans for both teams.
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