Bolts Notebook: Miami Misstep

Sunday was the first time the Miami Dolphins and the Chargers have met in South Florida since 2002 and Miami had the Bolts' number for the seventh time in a row. Samantha Fillerup rolls out postgame notes and anecdotes from the misstep in Miami.

--The Miami Dolphins lead the Chargers all-time in the regular season, 12-10, and have won seven straight. It's been more than 27 years since the Chargers were last victorious in South Florida.

--Miami's defense, which entered Sunday's game ranked No. 10 in the NFL, has always had a knack for containing LaDainian Tomlinson. In four games against the Dolphins, LT has managed to scrape out just 71 carries for 217 yards and one touchdown. To add insult to injury, the Dolphins stuffed Tomlinson on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line; a touchdown would have tied the game at 17.

--Philip Rivers still maintains the NFL's second-best passer rating (103.0), but his first career start against the Dolphins is one he would love to have back. Rivers completed just 13 for 28 passes for 159 yards, one touchdown and a pedestrian rating of 76.3. It didn't help that the Bolts' offense only held the ball for 23:19, which left Rivers as a spectator for most of the contest.


QB Chad Pennington
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--Dolphins QB Chad Pennington went 22 for 29 for 228 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. The most accurate passer in NFL history aptly led his team down the field and and helped Miami hold more than a 13-minute advantage in time of possession. Penning was 3-for-3 on the game's final drive, when the Dolphins ran the final 5:55 off the clock.

--Jacob Hester made an outstanding special teams' play, forcing and recovering a fumble in kick coverage, but again failed to make it into the offensive rotation. He did manage to get his hands on the ball, taking the second kickoff return of his pro career for 9 yards. He is the primary recipient of short kicks when teams play keep-away with Darren Sproles.

--Eric Weddle led the Chargers' defense with 10 tackles. It was the second time Weddle has logged double-digit tackles this season, with the other game being the Season Opener. Stephen Cooper finished second with eight tackles in his first game back from a four-game suspension.

--The Chargers defense failed to yield a point in the third quarter for the fourth consecutive game, a testament to Ted Cottrell's ability to make halftime adjustments. The Chargers have allowed just three points in the last two second halves combined.

--The Dolphins' pass defense smothered the Chargers. Chris Chambers had three receptions for 30 yards and the Bolts' only touchdown against his former team, but left the game early with an injured lower-left leg. Vincent Jackson added just two receptions, both of which came in the second half. Jackson has 17 receptions on the season, 14 of which have come in the second halves of ball games. Antonio Gates was limited to one catch for the first time all season.

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