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Dolphins get to .500 by beating Chargers


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.

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24 Responses to “Dolphins get to .500 by beating Chargers”
  1. cwk22 says: Nov 17, 2013 7:16 PM

    Never thought 5 & 5 could feel so good

  2. scmems07 says: Nov 17, 2013 7:17 PM

    Nice backhanded column, someone is bitter, what’s wrong, you were hoping they would lose again so you can continue to write terrible columns about how bad they are.

    Good win, played well for the most part, especially with a practice squad guard and backup center. Still questionable play calling by Sherman.

  3. blackngold4life says: Nov 17, 2013 7:18 PM

    Wallace remains stuck on one TD while Cotchery adds another (7) that 60m is paying off big time..Terrible clock management by the Chargers

  4. 69finfan says: Nov 17, 2013 7:26 PM

    Even though RT was sacked 4 times in this game I seriously thought this game would be the end of his season with the hodgepodge of O Linemen they had out there. Good win.

  5. phinfan says: Nov 17, 2013 7:38 PM

    I credit Tannehill, he played sufficient enough behind a mosh posh line. I don’t how they won this but I think Ryan stepped up.

  6. doggeatdogg says: Nov 17, 2013 7:39 PM

    Crazy town Miami needed this one badly. Even if the team finishes with a bad record, a win was needed to wash some of the bad taste from the Martin fiasco. Needless to say, the fiasco will not end any time soon.

  7. joetoronto says: Nov 17, 2013 7:45 PM

    Nice win for the Fish and just another loss for the team with no rings.

    Choo choo!

  8. thepftpoet says: Nov 17, 2013 8:02 PM

    Breaking news: Jonathan Martin was last seen in his house crying after he stubbed his toe trying to turn on the Dolphins game

  9. jasonperry617 says: Nov 17, 2013 8:04 PM

    I’ve been a fan of this site for years.
    It’s AMAZING how bad you try to hate on the Dolphins.
    It’s ok though. All the left handed comments and snide remarks don’t change the fact that we won, were in position to control our own destiny in the playoffs.
    Stop with the hate crimes.

  10. igotgamenj says: Nov 17, 2013 8:11 PM

    Maybe if Tannehill starts Hitting Wallace on some of them wide open deep post Wallace would have more TD’S….Great win or Miami

  11. proudliberal85392 says: Nov 17, 2013 8:30 PM

    Look up “frustrating” in the dictionary and you’ll find “See also San Diego Chargers.”

  12. silverhornet says: Nov 17, 2013 8:47 PM

    Big win if you are still wanting the team to make the playoffs as the sixth seed. Interesting that Dolphins have beaten both Bengals and Colts since they are the potential matchup if Miami does pull off the six seed. I am sure neither team will think they have easy opponent in Miami, unlike the media who wont give them a chance.

  13. 3taintedchampionships2biglosses says: Nov 17, 2013 9:00 PM

    Nice to see an AFC east doing it without cheating.

  14. rajbais says: Nov 17, 2013 10:24 PM

    This shows us how useless Jeff Ireland is.

  15. laxcoach37 says: Nov 17, 2013 10:32 PM


    Give it a rest already! Your crappy Steelers won a game and you should be celebrating. Instead you are in a Dolphins story spewing the Wallace crap at over and over at week 11? Yeah, he sucks, OK so does our Offensive line, but we find ways to win. Believe it or not he is being a good “team player”. Why do you think other receivers are always open? It is almost like the $60M is coming out of your pocket. Jeez…

  16. gottaplan says: Nov 17, 2013 11:09 PM

    Sorry Haters! 5-5 and still alive!

  17. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Nov 17, 2013 11:38 PM

    With the Jets losing to the Bills today, the Dolphins are actually in the hunt for a wildcard spot. Stay tuned.

  18. fishyinalittledishy says: Nov 18, 2013 3:52 AM

    Going to be an up and down few weeks following those Dolphins. There does seem to a good feeling on the sidelines even during the last edgy moments of games Tannehill always seems to have a smile on his face which for a leader is a great thing. He was furious with himself for not keeping the clock ticking when he ran OB which could have been costly. Tannehill is a gutsy performer still very raw and inconsistent as we all can see but I wouldn’t swap him for anybody, I think even the big 4 would find it unnerving behind our O lines pass protection.

  19. fin1fan says: Nov 18, 2013 7:33 AM

    What a lousy report. How dare you say that the Dolphins were not playing well. I was at the game, amazed that this new version of our offensive line played so well. Our running game did well. Tannehill had time to throw. Our D shut down the 2nd rated passing offense by not allowing them to score multiple TD’s. Despite not selling out we were loud and proud all game and the team EARNED a victory by giving outstanding effort. Wish for this kind of effort every game. Now go report on your favorite team and try to be more even about reporting.

  20. sullijo1 says: Nov 18, 2013 10:45 AM

    Chargers will beat the Chiefs this week.

  21. tundra328 says: Nov 18, 2013 12:29 PM

    Just glad Natron Means wasnt playing…why dont they put wallace on the left side for a game? Tanne is perfect throwing to hartline, give that side to wallace and let him loose!

  22. tundra328 says: Nov 18, 2013 12:33 PM

    Clay is the dolphin of the year, what a surprise! Hope he keeps developing and mathews at that. I love our team! Def player of the year…Patterson just stay healthy boss.

  23. buckyhamm says: Nov 18, 2013 1:56 PM

    The Chargers are a bad team that can play well at times. I don’t expect much after the AJ era, it will take at least 3 drafts under this new GM to get this team back on track. (I’m making the assumption those will be good drafts).

  24. pemory says: Nov 18, 2013 3:19 PM

    Hey SD, where’s the “will to win?” Punting from the Miami 37 late in the game and down by 4? Are you kidding me? Also, I think the Chargers need to be reminded that it’s called “tackle” football. Regardless, nice win for the Fish.

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