Miami Dolphins

Rapid Recap: Dolphins defense saves day vs. Chargers


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In a wild roller coaster fourth quarter finish, the Dolphins secured their fourth consecutive victory intercepting Chargers QB Phillip Rivers, not once, not twice….but FOUR times in the fourth quarter for a 31-24 come from behind win.

We wrote in our preview this a.m. that Rivers has had 10 games over the last three years with at least two INT’s, including a three INT game at Denver in a loss a couple of weeks ago. Well, this completely trumped that, this afternoon in Southern California!

First he threw an early fourth quarter pick in the Miami end zone with the Chargers trailing 21-17. He then threw another inside the Miami 30 yard line. But, Rivers and the Chargers rebounded from those turnovers with his go ahead 51 yard TD pass to Tyrell Williams to give San Diego the late lead 24-21.

The Dolphins responded quickly with QB Ryan Tannehill hitting Devante Parker on a 56 yard strike of his own that got them into field goal range. The Fins actually had a couple of throws into the end zone, but then settled for a 29 yard tying Andrew Franks field goal.

That led to the ultimate moment of the fourth quarter. As the Chargers had marched quickly in the final game winning field goal win, Rivers threw in the left flat and…….

Linebacker Kiko Alonso will be the toast of South Beach for a while after that defensive gem to give Miami the lead back for good at 31-24.

For his part Rivers threw one last pick (his incredible fourth in the final stanza) to Tony Lippett on San Diego sideline to secure the Miami win.

Tannehill finished with 240 yards and 2 TD’s in the win. Rivers had 326 yards and 3 TD’s but the 4 INT’s obviously killed the Chargers.

The Dolphins win their fourth game in a row for the first time since ’08, when they won the final five games of that season.

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