The Dolphins received the opening kickoff, with rookie Jarvis Landry returning the ball 40-yards to set up Miami with good field position. Unfortunately, the team could not use the field position to their benefit. After a nice bubble screen to Mike Wallace for seven yards and a good third down conversion from quarterback Ryan Tannehill to Brian Hartline, the Dolphins ran the ball on first down for three yards. Tannehill was sacked on second down, followed by a draw attempt to Lamar Miller, who gained four yards before the team had to punt.
Will Davis was able to down the Brandon Fields kick at the two yard line.
Miami forced the Chiefs into a third-and-seven play from their own five-yard line, only to have former Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano pick up the conversion. Miami was then hit with a rare unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the bench for a referee running into a coach. The Dolphins nearly got a turnover after a 11-yard reception from Dwayne Bowe, when the Chiefs tried to run a reverse, but the toss on the second half of the run bounced 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage, rolling out of bounds just as Jared Odrick nearly came away with the recovery. The Chiefs would have to punt.
Landry would then cancel out his 40-yard return, fielding the punt at the Dolphins' own two-yard line. Starting inside their own 5-yard line, Miami started the drive with a 17-yard run from Miller. Wallace and Landry would drop the next two passes from Tannehill before Hartline was able to make a 15-yard catch to move the chains again. Miller again broke a long run after the conversion, only to have it called back because of a holding penalty on left tackle Branden Albert. The drive stalled after that, with a short run from Damien Williams, an incomplete pass, and a short completion from Tannehill to Landry.
After the punt, the Dolphins defense took charge for the next possession, recording two sacks on three plays. On first down, Alex Smith was pulled down five yards behind the line of scrimmage by Derrick Shelby and Randy Starks. Then on third down, Olivier Vernon was able to get to Smith and force the punt after a three-yard loss.
The Dolphins would pick up a first down on their first play of the next possession, only to then stall. An incomplete pass, a five-yard Daniel Thomas run, and an incomplete pass led to another Dolphins punt.
The quarter would end as Kansas City begins moving the ball after a 33-yard punt return.