COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: Chargers At Dolphins

Posted Nov 14, 2013

Breaking down the Dolphins-Chargers matchup.



DATE: Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013
TIME: 4:05 p.m. ET
SITE: Sun Life Stadium
TV ANNOUNCERS: Greg Gumbel, play-by-play; Dan Dierdorf, analysis
DOLPHINS RADIO NETWORK: Clear Channel, WBGG (105.9 FM) and WINZ (940 AM) and a network of affiliates throughout Florida; WQBA (1140 AM-Spanish)
RADIO VOICES: English broadcast — Jimmy Cefalo, Bob Griese, Joe Rose, Keith Sims; Spanish broadcast — Raul Striker, Joaquin Duro


SERIES RECORD: Teams tied 14-14 (including playoffs)
AT MIAMI: Dolphins lead 8-4
AT SAN DIEGO: Chargers lead 10-5
AT TEMPE, ARIZ.: (2003 game moved because of wildfires in Southern California): Dolphins lead 1-0
LAST MEETING: 2011 at San Diego; Chargers 26, Dolphins 16
HISTORY LESSON: The last time the teams met in South Florida was in 2008 and it was the Dolphins’ first game since a 38-13 victory at New England during which they unveiled the Wildcat. The Dolphins recorded an impressive 17-10 victory after stopping LaDainian Tomlinson on fourth-and-goal from the 1 early in the fourth quarter and later killing the last 5:55 off the clock thanks to four first downs, including three by current Chargers running back Ronnie Brown.
SERIES TREND: Before San Diego took the last two meetings, the Dolphins had beaten the Chargers seven consecutive times, starting with a 24-14 victory in 1995. The Chargers haven’t won in Miami since the memorable playoff game following the 1981 season, with the Dolphins winning the last six meetings in South Florida.


LAST GAME: Lost vs. Denver, 28-20
OVERVIEW: Under first-year head coach Mike McCoy, the Chargers have shown signs of improvement after three consecutive non-playoff seasons. But they find themselves with a losing record after nine games because of their late-game failures. The season began with a last-second loss against the Houston Texans after the Chargers squandered a 28-7 fourth-quarter lead. The Chargers also lost in the final minute at Tennessee and lost in overtime at Washington after settling for a game-tying field goal in the final minute when they had a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line.
KEY NEW FACES: T D.J. Fluker (draft-1st round), LB Manti Te’o (draft-2nd), WR Keenan Allen (draft-3rd), T King Dunlap (Philadelphia), RB Danny Woodhead (New England), CB Richard Marshall (Miami)
KEY VETERANS GONE: LB Shaun Phillips, CB Quentin Jammer, LB Takeo Spikes, NT Antonio Garay, TE Randy McMichael, T Jared Gaither, DT Vaughn Martin, WR Danario Alexander (IR), WR Malcom Floyd (IR)
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