In a game in which both teams aggressively pursued losing for long stretches, the Dolphins avoided it best.
The Dolphins beat the Chargers 20-16 to improve to 5-5, though there were few style points to be won for either side.
The temptation is to credit the Dolphins defense, though they were more timely than good. The Chargers gained 452 yards, and Ryan Mathews became the first back to top the 100-yard mark against them this year (going for 127). They were able to force the Chargers into too many field goals, and that was sufficient.
The Dolphins batted down the Chargers’ final pass into the end zone, with cornerback Brent Grimes doing the honors for a needed win.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill overcame an early interception to do just enough to allow his side to win, throwing for 268 yards and a touchdown.
The Chargers fell to 4-6 with the loss.