Chargers vs. Dolphins: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis for Sunday's Game
Final Score: Dolphins - 16 Chargers - 26
The winless Miami Dolphins will be facing the 2-1 San Diego Chargers this Sunday afternoon in sunny San Diego, California. The game, which is blacked out to all those in the San Diego area, will be the Chargers last game before their bye week. The Chargers will look to put things together after three shaky performances to start the season; the winless Dolphins should be a good place to start.
The Dolphins, who have traveled across the country in search of their first win, are still trying to figure out their own team dynamic. While Chad Henne has been a pleasant surprise, the Dolphins have struggled on defense to start the season and will need to pick it up against an explosive Chargers' offense.
Keys of the Game:
Chargers - The Bolts must find a way to get that high flying pass offense on track. So far this season, Philip Rivers has thrown two interception in each game and has looked confused in the pocket. This is a main reason that the Chargers have stayed close, or trailed, early in ball games. It is important that Rivers gets off to an early start because the very capable Chad Henne can go throw for throw with Rivers and keep this game close.
Dolphins - The Fins must find a way to control the ball and keep it out of Rivers hands. This an be done by orchestrating long drives by pounding the ball on the ground. The Chargers are lacking on the defensive front due to injuries, so it would be advantageous of the Dolphins to exploit this through the running game. Also, Brandon Marshall, who is very familiar with this Chargers team from his days in Denver, will look to make an immediate impact deep down the field.
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Ryan Mathews seals the game with a couple of solid runs. Chargers improve to 3-1, while the Dolphins remain winless. Post game reactions will be posted above.
Final Score: Chargers - 26 Dolphins - 13
Weddle comes up with another huge interception as the Dolphins try to drive down and score in the 4th. That is two back to back interceptions to seal games for Weddle. Who said he wasn't worth the money?
Chargers' drive once again stalls and they settle for a field goal.
Novak is making Chargers' fans forget about Nate Kaeding. Novak is 4-4 on the day and has them looking to go 3-1 on the season. Chargers - 26 Miami - 16
Vincent Jackson is back in the game as the Chargers are driving down the field. Current drive has taken five plus minutes off the clock. Chargers look to seal this game off. Rivers is building upon what is the best 4th quarter QB rating in the NFL.
Dan Carpenter nails a 51-yard field goal to bring the score within one possession after the Dolphins' drive stalls. Dolphins - 16 Chargers - 23
Larry English gets his second sack of the day. This is the first game where he has seen significant playing time and has made the most of it. Maybe Larry can shake off some of that bust talk.
The Chargers are unable to take advantage of their opportunities and must settle for another field goal. Novak bangs it through and is now 3-3 on the day. Chargers extend it to a two score league. Chargers - 23 Dolphins - 13
The Chargers catch a break on a pass interference call on Bell. It looks as though Floyd and Bell's legs simply got caught up. Regardless, the Chargers will get a new set of downs in Miami territory.
A 32-yard pass play to Floyd is nullified by an illegal touching call. Floyd stepped out of bounds before he caught the ball. The ball would have been placed at the 2-yard line of Miami.
The Chargers offensive line is taking control. Three consecutive 10+ yard runs and the Chargers are to the Miami 35 yard line.
Gilchrist makes a touchdown saving play on a ball in the middle of the endzone. He dove in front of Brandon Marshall and knocked a way a ball that would have defiantly been caught by Marhsall. The rookie is playing out of his mind. Miami makes the field goal to close the gap. Miami - 13 Chargers - 20
Weddle intercepts a Moore pass down the sideline, but it is negated by a Marcus Gilchrist pass interference call. Donald Butler is back in the game. Dolphins driving at the Chargers 27 yard line.
Brandon Marshall is wide open down the sideline after he blows past Cason. He simply drops the ball on an easy touchdown.
Brandon Marshall makes an amazing catch in traffic for the first down. He will be the key if the Dolphins are to make their way back into this game. Donald Butler is injured in the process.
Mike Tolbert blasts through for a 1-yard touchdown run. He shows his athleticism jumping over the Chargers' offensive line. I mean...the man CAN dunk a football at 5'9", 243 lbs. He showed his hops on that run. Chargers - 20 Dolphins - 10
Ryan Mathews takes it inside the Miami 10 yard line on a second down, 42-yard, screen pass after Rivers is sacked on first down. Mathews showed his elite speed as he flew past the Dolphins' second level.
Vincent Brown makes the first big play of his young career for the first down on a 3rd-and-15. Chargers drive continues.
Takeo Spikes has the longest streak of games played without going to the playoffs. 191 games. Chargers stop the Dolphins on the first drive of the second half. They have the ball at half field to start their first drive.
Nick Novak nails a 48-yard field goal. The play before, after the Dolphins try to ice Novak with a timeout, Novak nailed the field goal anyways on a practice kick. Halftime in San Diego. Chargers - 13 Dolphins - 10
Injury Report: Vincent Jackson - No word, return probable. Chad Henne - Shoulder, questionable. Mike Pouncey - returned to game
Tolbert fumbles again, but the ball is recovered by Randy McMichael. Precious seconds fall off the clock as the refs try to find out who has the ball. Chargers at the Miami 45 with 30 seconds left in the half.
Dan Carpenter puts it through the uprights to tie it up after the Dolphins almost get put out of field goal range on a sack by Larry English. Dolphins - 10 Chargers - 10
Chargers punt after a sack on Rivers and a long bomb thrown up for grabs. After a great return by Bess and a personal foul on Richard Goodman, the rookie out of Florida State, the Dolphins will start at the Chargers 25 yardline. Special teams hurting the Bolts again.
Donald Butler injures another Dolphin. The casualty this time: Mike Pouncey. Pouncey injured on a pass rush by Butler. On the next play, Butler got in Matt Moore's face, forcing an early throw and a short gain. The Dolphins punt after the next play comes up short of the first down.
Brandon Marshall gets his first reception of the day. As well, the rookie Clyde Gates gets the first reception of his career.
Jeromey Clary single handedly kills a Chargers' drive with a personal foul call inside the Miami 5 yard line. Chargers settle for a field goal. Chargers - 10 Miami - 7
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