MIAMI — The Kansas City Chiefs canceled a practice and rushed to pack, then caught an early flight and landed less than six hours before kickoff.
When the game began, they were ready.
With Hurricane Wilma scrambling the schedule, the Chiefs shook off any travel fatigue to beat the Miami Dolphins, 30-20, on Friday night.
Trent Green threw for 289 yards against Miami's injury-depleted secondary, and the Chiefs totaled a season-high 462 yards while controlling the ball for nearly 42 minutes. Lawrence Tynes' three field goals included a 51-and 52-yarder, the two longest kicks of his career.
"We had a job to do," Chiefs cornerback Patrick Surtain said. "Hey, it's a football game. We've been playing this since we were 8. It's really simple. Tonight guys found that extra bit of energy."
Announced attendance was 68,350, but with the scheduling change and rain in the area, the actual crowd totaled about 40,000.
Playing a rare Friday game, the Dolphins (2-4) looked like a bad high school team, and by their second series the small crowd was booing. Gus Frerotte misfired on two potential touchdown passes and went 11 for 29, Ricky Williams lost 1 yard in six carries and the defense gave up four scoring drives of eight plays or more.
"I'm not blaming it on anything, because that's not my nature, but we certainly didn't have the energy and enthusiasm we've had up to this point,"
"We just didn't look like the same team out there, and I can't give you any reason exactly why," Miami coach Nick Saban said.
Despite a less-than-ideal itinerary, Kansas City (4-2) scored a touchdown on the first series and never trailed.
The Dolphins (2-4) missed a chance to claim a share of the AFC East lead, instead losing their third game in a row.
On Thursday, with some forecasters predicting a weekend hurricane in Florida, the NFL moved up the scheduled Sunday kickoff by 42 hours, leaving the Chiefs (4-2) at an apparent disadvantage.
"We weren't really happy about it," Green said. "But we did our job, we focused and we have to be pleased about that. The team took a positive approach."
The Chiefs canceled practice Thursday, arrived in South Florida early Friday afternoon following a three-hour flight and stretched their legs at a hotel before heading to the stadium. They were scheduled to leave right after the game and arrive in Kansas City about 2 a.m., completing a 17-hour trip.
"Now we can go home, relax and watch a bunch of college games and NFL games this weekend," tackle Willie Roaf said.