Dolphins 20, Chargers 16

Miami Dolphins vs. San Diego Chargers: Keys to the game

 

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Dolphins offensive line vs. Chargers pass rush

Who won: Draw.

The impact: The Chargers got to Ryan Tannehill for four sacks, which usually counts as an overall loss for the offensive line. But one sack came on a safety blitz, not the offensive line’s responsibility. One goes on Tannehill’s bill, as he held the ball on a roll out until he sprinted out of bounds. That was the only sack in the fourth quarter. And although some of the linemen recently were getting practice squad paychecks, they kept Tannehill from taking the battering he has taken in other games.

Dolphins TE Charles Clay vs. San Diego pass coverage

Who won: Dolphins.

The impact: Clay devoured the Chargers. When the Dolphins opened the game with a 76-yard drive to a field goal, Clay made the only third down conversion with an 18-yard reception. On the Dolphins’ first possession of the second half, he caught two 7-yard passes, then turned a third short reception into a 39-yard touchdown by breaking several tackles en route to the end zone. His six catches for 90 yards led the Dolphins in both categories.

Dolphins screw-ups vs. Chargers screw-ups

Who won: Dolphins.

The impact: A well-played game this wasn’t. Tannehill running out of bounds on the third-down roll out with 2:08 left was the last eye-rolling goof, but far from the most damaging. A Cory Liuget roughing-the-passer penalty cost San Diego a fumble recovery at its own goal line. The Dolphins scored a touchdown two plays later. The Chargers wasted enough time for two plays trying to run what turned out to be a desperation incomplete pass on the last drive.

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