Fans chanted “San Diego” as the Chargers salted away the win during the final moments.
Entering Sunday’s contest, the Chargers had failed to score an offensive touchdown in three of their last four games. But quarterback Philip Rivers and running back Danny Woodhead provided all the offense San Diego needed.
A near capacity crowd watched Rivers complete 26-of-36 for 311 yards and three touchdown passes to Woodhead. Rivers also threw two interceptions, was sacked once and finished with a 106.7 passer rating.
Woodhead also had a 2-yard touchdown run, San Diego’s first rushing touchdown since Week 1. Sunday was Woodhead’s first four-touchdown game of his NFL career, and the first four-touchdown performance for the Chargers since LaDainian Tomlinson’s four rushing scores against the Oakland Raiders in 2007.
With the win, the Chargers pushed their record to 4-10 on the year, and now finish the 2015 on with road contests against the Raiders and Denver Broncos.
Defense shuts down Dolphins: Prior to Sunday, the Chargers had held opponents to 10 points a game. San Diego’s defense continued its stingy ways against the Dolphins, holding Miami’s offense to 14 points and 231 total yards.
What were they thinking? In the second quarter, Rivers aired out a deep pass that was intercepted by Miami safety Reshad Jones. Jones weaved his way through the Chargers but was stripped by guard Orlando Franklin. Rivers recovered the ball, and the Chargers lost two yards on the play but got a first down out of it. San Diego finished the drive with a 28-yard Josh Lambo field goal.
Fantasy watch: Veteran tight end Antonio Gates finished with six receptions for 88 yards, including a long of 30 yards.
Ouch: Linebacker Kyle Emanuel suffered a concussion in the first half and did not return. Rookie running back Melvin Gordon suffered a knee injury in the second quarter and did not return. Gordon finished with 41 rushing yards.