NFL Game Recap - LA Chargers at Miami
Sun Sep 29, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

PHI
34
GB
27
F
WAS
3
NYG
24
F
LAC
30
MIA
10
F
OAK
31
IND
24
F
CAR
16
HOU
10
F
KC
34
DET
30
F
NE
16
BUF
10
F
CLE
40
BAL
25
F
TEN
24
ATL
10
F
TB
55
LAR
40
F
SEA
27
ARI
10
F
JAX
26
DEN
24
F
MIN
6
CHI
16
F
DAL
10
NO
12
F
CIN
3
PIT
27
F

Sep 29, 2019, 1:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

LA Chargers (2-2)

10

7

3

10

30

Miami (0-4)

7

3

0

0

10

Long time coming: Rivers, Chargers beat Dolphins, 30-10
Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:04 PM

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Philip Rivers' 120th regular-season victory was his first in Miami.

The 37-year-old quarterback hadn't been born yet the last time the Chargers won a road game versus the Dolphins, which made Sunday's 30-10 victory especially sweet, even if it came against a team off to a historically bad start.

Rivers compounded Miami's misery by throwing for 310 yards and two scores. He completed 24 of 30 attempts with no interceptions and directed a 10 1/2-minute drive in the third quarter that helped Los Angeles take control.

The Chargers (2-2) had lost eight games in a row in Miami. Their last victory came in an overtime playoff thriller in January 1982 that's regarded as one of the greatest games in NFL history.

"It has been a long time," Rivers said. "Myself, I haven't played worth a hoot there the last two times. Rough days for us. It was good to win."

The Dolphins (0-4) held a lead for the first time this season, but it lasted only 3 minutes, 49 seconds. They've been outscored 163-26 this season, which is the NFL's worst four-game point differential since at least 1940.

"We could have played a lot better," rookie coach Brian Flores said.

The Chargers, who never punted, led 17-10 and scored on their first three possessions of the second half to take command. The Dolphins have been outscored 81-0 in the second half this season.

"We're not getting the job done," Miami cornerback Xavien Howard said. "We've got to come out with more energy in the second half."

Austin Ekeler scored one touchdown receiving and another rushing. Chargers running back Melvin Gordon was active after reporting this week and ending his holdout, but he didn't play.

"I'm glad we won by a big margin; it would have been tough sitting there if we were losing," Gordon said. "I'll be out there next week."

With Los Angeles kicker Michael Badgley sidelined by a groin injury, punter Ty Long handled place-kicking duties and made fields of 44, 45 and 51 yards. But the list of injuries grew longer for the hobbled Chargers.

Defensive end Melvin Ingram left in the first quarter with a hamstring injury and didn't return. Tight end Sean Culkin (torn Achilles' tendon) and receiver Dontrelle Inman (quad) were hurt in the fourth quarter.

"Obviously we've got a lot of injuries," Rivers said. "A lot of guys went down during the game, and we were able to overcome it all."

Miami's Josh Rosen threw for 180 yards and a touchdown, but had an interception and was sacked four times. Desmond King led Los Angeles' defensive charge with 2 1/2 sacks, a tackle for a loss and two quarterback hits.

Los Angeles started slowly - not surprising for a team that traveled 2,500 miles to kick off at 10 a.m. California time. Rosen threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to DeVante Parker to give the Dolphins their second touchdown and first lead of the season, 7-3.

Los Angeles quickly answered with a 75-yard scoring drive. Ekeler turned a short reception into an 18-yard touchdown in the final minute of the first half to put the Chargers ahead to stay.

They chewed up most of the third quarter with a drive that produced a field goal for a 20-10 lead.

ROOTING FOR THE OTHER TEAM

Chargers center Mike Pouncey played against his former team for the first time. He spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Dolphins before they released him in March 2018, and said he's sorry to see them go through the pains of rebuilding.

"Hopefully they can turn this thing around," Pouncey said. "I'm going to live in South Florida the rest of my life and support the Dolphins, so I want to see a winning product on the football field."

INJURIES

Chargers: Coach Anthony Lynn said he didn't know how long Ingram would be sidelined. ... LB Denzel Perryman left in the fourth quarter but wasn't seriously hurt, Lynn said.

Dolphins: WR Jakeem Grant went to the sideline with a hamstring injury.

HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS?

Referee Tony Corrente twice announced rulings involving "San Diego." The Chargers moved to Los Angeles in 2017.

UP NEXT

Chargers: They play host to Denver on Oct. 6. The Chargers had a six-game winning streak snapped last year when they lost at home to the Broncos 23-22 on a last-second field goal.

Dolphins: They have a bye before playing host to Washington on Oct. 13. The Redskins are 0-5 at Miami, with the most recent game in 2011.

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Passing

LAC Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
P. Rivers 30 24 80.0 2 310 25 0 131.9 1
T. Taylor 1 1 100.0 0 7 7 0 95.8 0
MIA Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
J. Rosen 24 17 70.8 1 180 34 1 88.9 4

Rushing

LAC Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
P. Rivers 1 0 0.0 0 0
A. Ekeler 18 60 3.3 9 1
MIA Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Drake 9 44 4.9 10 0
M. Walton 6 23 3.8 11 0

Receiving

LAC Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Inman 5 76 15.2 25 0
A. Ekeler 5 62 12.4 18 1
MIA Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Parker 4 70 17.5 34 1
P. Williams 4 46 11.5 25 0

Team Stats Comparison

LAC MIA
Points For 30 10
Total Yards 390 233
Rushing Yards 79 72
Passing Yards 311 161
Passing Completions / Attempts 25/31 17/24
Turnovers 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 3/0
First Downs 24 13
Rushing Touchdowns 1 0
Passing Touchdowns 2 1
Penalties - Yards 10/89 5/53
Time Of Possession 37:36 22:24
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 8/13 5/10
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 0/1
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 3/4 0/1
Sacks Against 1 5
Punts - Average Yards 0/0 2/52
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 1/1 0/0
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 1/12 5/22

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter LAC MIA
LAC 4:48 FG Ty Long 44 yd FG 3 0
MIA 8:28 TD DeVante Parker 34 yd pass from Josh Rosen (Jason Sanders kick) 3 7
LAC 12:15 TD Troymaine Pope 13 yd pass from Philip Rivers (Ty Long kick) 10 7
2nd Quarter LAC MIA
MIA 3:50 FG Jason Sanders 30 yd FG 10 10
LAC 14:17 TD Austin Ekeler 18 yd pass from Philip Rivers (Ty Long kick) 17 10
3rd Quarter LAC MIA
LAC 13:38 FG Ty Long 45 yd FG 20 10
4th Quarter LAC MIA
LAC 3:40 TD Austin Ekeler 1 yd run (Ty Long kick) 27 10
LAC 7:39 FG Ty Long 51 yd FG 30 10

Game Information

Stadium: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Attendance: 64,278
Game Time: 2:52
Weather: