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Dolphins intercept four passes in final period to beat Chargers

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A football game with many mistakes is not often entertaining or filled with drama, but that does not describe Sunday’s game between Miami and San Diego. In the end, San Diego made the last mistakes resulting in the Dolphins 31-24 win at Qualcomm Stadium.

Heading into the fourth quarter, Miami led 21-17. Throughout the period, the Dolphins took numerous penalties on both sides of the ball. They racked up 81 yards in penalties on the day.

In the end, those mistakes paled in comparison to the four interceptions thrown by Chargers’ Quarterback Phillip Rivers. All four interceptions came in the fourth quarter.

The Dolphins went three-and-out following the first two, Rivers then found Tyrell Williams for a 51-yard score to put the Chargers ahead 24-21 with only 4:04 remaining.

After Andrew Franks’ field goal tied the game for Miami, Rivers was leading his team down the field. With just under three minutes left, Kiko Alonso picked off Rivers and took it 60 yards for a touchdown to put Miami ahead 31-24.

“I mean, that’s my first touchdown on defense ever,” said Alonso. “I felt good.”

Tony Lippett intercepted Rivers with 1:01 remaining, his second of the day, to seal the game.

Ryan Tannehill threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns for the Dolphins. The Chargers did a good job on Jay Ajayi, holding him to 79 yards rushing.

At the same time, the Dolphin defense kept the Chargers’ Melvin Gordon under control. He could manage only 70 yards, San Diego’s entire rushing total, on 24 carries.

DeVante Parker had 103 yards receiving and Kenny Stills had 47 yards and a touchdown.

With the victory, Miami moves to 5-4 on the season. It was their fourth straight victory and their first on the road in four tries.

It has them squarely in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs. They will try to keep their streak going when they return to the west coast to take on the Los Angeles Rams.


Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at [email protected]

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