Miami Dolphins

Quarter-by-quarter analysis: Dolphins’ 37-0 win over San Diego Chargers

First quarter

▪ Impact player: Charles Clay made the two key plays on the Dolphins’ 10-play, 77-yard touchdown drive. Clay was the recipient of a 24-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill to put the Dolphins in San Diego territory at the 37, and later he caught a 6-yard touchdown pass.

▪ Highlights: Reshad Jones made a crucial defensive stop that halted San Diego’s 12-play drive and kept the Chargers from scoring. On fourth-and-1 from Miami’s 22, Jones shot through untouched and tackled Branden Oliver in the backfield.

▪ Lowlights: Although the Chargers lone drive didn’t result in points, Miami’s defense allowed them to convert two third downs of 10 or more yards and nearly convert a third-and-17.

Second quarter

▪ Impact player: Ryan Tannehill went 12 for 19 for 145 yards in the quarter and four times converted third downs via completions. Tannehill also ran three times for 36 yards.

▪ Highlights: Jones made another huge play when he intercepted an overthrown pass by Chargers quarterback Phillips Rivers. The turnover led to a field goal and a 17-0 lead.

▪ Lowlights: Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis missed a 46-yard field goal to end the half. Sturgis did make field goals of 25 and 26 yards, but after the offense sputtered in the red zone.

Third quarter

▪ Impact player: Brent Grimes recorded two interceptions in the quarter, twice while covering receiver Keenan Allen. Grimes timed the first one perfectly, jumping the route. The second came on a deep ball when Grimes timed his jump better than Allen.

▪ Highlights: Olivier Vernon sacked Rivers, jarring the ball loose and allowing Jared Odrick to recover. The turnover led to a 14-yard touchdown in which Jarvis Landry did a great job keeping his feet in bounds and stretching the ball to the pylon. Landry was originally ruled out of bounds at the 2, but it was overturned after the Dolphins challenged the call.

▪ Lowlights: There weren’t any significant lowlights for the Dolphins, but one unfortunate play came when Jones dove for, and accidentally interfered with, what could have been an easy interception for Grimes on another overthrown pass by Rivers.

Fourth quarter

▪ Impact player: The Dolphins put in their second unit on offense and reserve tight end Gator Hoskins hauled in a 14-yard catch from Matt Moore to convert a third-and-5 at midfield.

▪ Highlights: With Kellen Clemens in at quarterback replacing the ineffective Rivers, the Dolphins defense forced the Chargers to punt on their lone sustained series in the quarter, preserving the team’s first shutout since 2006.

▪ Lowlights: Not much here even with the backups in the game. Safety Michael Thomas sustaining an injury was the only significant negative.

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