Dolphins win fifth consecutive, beating Chargers 29-21

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The Dolphins started 1-3. They now are 6-3 — their best start since 2001 — after winning their fifth consecutive game, the last three of those started by rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Tagovailoa got plenty of help from his friends again as the Dolphins beat the Chargers 29-21.

In a meeting of rookies selected fifth and sixth overall, Tagovailoa went 15-of-25 for 169 yards and two touchdowns. He threw scoring passes of 3 yards to Jakeem Grant and 2 yards to Durham Smythe in remaining undefeated as a starting quarterback.

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert was 20-of-32 for 187 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

It was another one-score loss for Herbert and the Chargers, but it never felt as if the Dolphins were going to lose. Miami led 14-0 in the first quarter, 17-7 at halftime and 29-14 late in the fourth quarter before Keenan Allen caught a 13-yard score with 1:57 remaining. The Dolphins recovered the onside kick.

The Dolphins held the Chargers to 273 yards. The Dolphins special teams blocked a punt to set up a 1-yard touchdown drive, returned a punt 20 yards and got Jason Sanders‘ field goals of 50, 35 and 49 yards, though his streak of made field goals end at 22 with a 47-yard miss.

Emmanuel Ogbah and and Nic Needham had sacks for Miami and Xavien Howard made an interception.

16 responses to “Dolphins win fifth consecutive, beating Chargers 29-21

  1. Sieler, Ogbah, Van Ginkle, Jones, Howard, the list of names having a big game can continue. Needham,Parker, Grant, Amhed. Might as well just print the entire roster. MVP award has to go to Flores. Did I forget Tua? Sorry about that. Amazing turn around.

  2. If Flores doesn’t win coach of the year then something is rigged.
    He has turned this team into believers and winners.

  3. This headline couldn’t even make PFT’s front page. Keep betting against them Florio.

  4. Awesome Sunday! Tua had another solid game in a Fins win, Houston’s draft pick got better, and Buffalo loses on a last-second Hail Murray!

  5. Tua played well once again. He made smart decisions and protected the ball. He made one bad throw that should have been intercepted, but he’s still 3-0 without a formidable running game. So far, so good.

  6. Tua was a foot too long from 3 tds in this game. Only because he threw it off his back foot he missed a wide open Grant by a foot.

    Herbert was like a deer in headlights in the second half. Ryan Tannehill v2. He missed a wide open mike Williams in the endzone

  7. Play of the game was Tua chasing down and tackling the Chargers’ defender after a fumble recovery and 44-yard run!

  8. An overrated QB from Oregon didn’t conquer the world Whhaaaaaaaaat? Just like in college, it’s Tua Time, he was better in every way – lol

    Passer rating – Herbert – 86.3, Tua – 106.9 – nuff said.

    In contention (and will probably win) in the AFC East

  9. Play of the game was Tua chasing down and tackling the Chargers’ defender after a fumble recovery and 44-yard run!

    I know! Surprised he didn’t get half the praise of the D.K. play. Not as impressive but Tua is a QB off a major hip injury!

  10. Miami keeps beating teams who are missing all pro players to injury. Chandler Jones, Nick Bosa, and next week no Von Miller. Fins have a friendly schedule and I hope they understand the playoffs wont be this easy. The game against KC should be interesting.

  11. Hopefully, letting go of Jordan Howard won’t screw their 2021 cap space too much… and with the way Van Ginkle is playing, who misses Raekwon?

  12. I’ll take these blue collar players anyday over ego-inflated “superstars”.
    A good scheme with willing, hard-working players can be deadly. Keep working, Fins! It’s paying off!

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