Dolphins shut out Chargers 37-0
By Dedrick D. Henry, Sr.
Tannehill threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns, and Miami forced four turnovers to shut out the San Diego Chargers 37-0.
Charles Clay goes up for a touchdown pass from Tannehill.
Ryan Tannehill threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns, and Miami forced four turnovers to shut out the San Diego Chargers 37-0. The Dolphins (5-3) earned their third consecutive win as they began a stretch of four games against playoff contenders.
San Diego was shut out for the first time since 1999, while the Dolphins earned their first shutout since 2006. Every Miami win this season has been by double digits, and this was the easiest yet – and their most lopsided win since 1995. Tannehill had a career-high passer rating of 125.6. He went 24 for 34 with no turnovers and threw touchdown passes to Charles Clay, Rishard Matthews and Jarvis Landry. Tannehill also ran for 47 yards on four carries.
Miami’s front four dominated the Chargers offensive’ line, hurrying Philip Rivers into a fumble and three interceptions, two to Brent Grimes. Rivers passed for 138 yards and a quarterback rating of 31.0. Rivers went to the bench for good late in the third quarter, and the Dolphins ended his Chargers-record streak of at least one touchdown pass in 28 consecutive games.
The Dolphins mounted touchdown drives of 77 and 61 yards on their first two possessions. Reshad Jones then intercepted Rivers to set up a field goal that made it 17-0 after just 21 minutes. Caleb Sturgis missed a 45-yard field goal at the end of the first half. The final score could have been even more lopsided, but the Dolphins stalled four times inside the Chargers 10-yard line, and those possessions netted a total of only nine points.
Things went wrong for the Chargers from the opening possession, when McCoy gambled by going for a first down on fourth and 1 at the Miami 22. Branden Oliver was stopped for a 1-yard loss, and Miami marched for a touchdown. This was the only time the Chargers crossed midfield. Rivers had a clear path to a first down on a third-down scramble but slid prematurely but came up short, and the Chargers had to punt. Then came his first interception, and the massacre began.