Here are some notes at intermission:
It’s been a mixed bag in the first half for Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He completed six of his first eight passes but also had a bad pick in the first half. Tannehill didn’t see Chargers cornerback Johnny Patrick cutting underneath, and Tannehill threw the ball right to the defender. San Diego turned that turnover into a first-quarter touchdown. Tannehill threw for 153 yards and an interception in the first half.
Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes continued his stellar season with another interception in the first half off Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. Regardless of who’s running the Dolphins next year, re-signing Grimes should be a priority.
The Dolphins are having more success running the ball than last week. The Dolphins have 48 rushing yards on 10 carries in the first half. Miami rushed for a franchise-low 2 rushing yards in last week’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
This is a big second half for Miami if the team wants to stay alive in the playoff hunt. The Dolphins and Chargers have identical 4-5 records. With the New York Jets (5-5) losing Sunday to the Buffalo Bills, the winner of this game will be tied for the final wild-card spot in the AFC.