The Chargers matched their best start since 2006 (3-1) by defeating the Miami Dolphins, 26-16. For the second week in a row, a late fourth quarter interception by Eric Weddle helped seal the opponents’ fate. The Chargers fell behind early, 7-0, but tied the game on a long pass from Philip Rivers to Vincent Jackson and the Chargers never trailed again.
Game Rewind: San Diego Chargers vs. Miami Dolphins
Marcus Gilchrist started his first-ever game and recorded his first career NFL interception on the first pass thrown in his direction in the first quarter…Gilchrist later broke up a pass in the end zone in the third quarter that prevented a Dolphins touchdown and forced a field goal try.
Shaun Phillips and Donald Butler both pressured Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne on Gilchrist’s interception with Butler getting a hit on Henne...Butler finished the game with two tackles for losses and two quarterback hits.
Vincent Jackson had a 55-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter and in doing so, moved past Ronnie Harmon (3,928) and LaDainian Tomlinson (3,955) and into ninth place on the Chargers’ all-time receiving yardage list...on the Chargers’ first field goal drive of the second quarter, Jackson caught a 42-yard pass…on that catch, he went over 100 yards for the game and 4,000 yards for his career…Jackson finished the game with three catches for 108 yards, his second 100-yard game of 2011.
Vincent Brown’s first NFL catch went for a first down on a 3rd-and-2 in the second quarter…it helped sustain a field goal drive…his only other catch went for 20 yards on a 3rd-and-15 to help keep alive a third-quarter touchdown drive.
Nick Novak tied his career high with four field goals, hitting from 27, 48, 23 and 38 yards…the only other time he hit four in a game was Sept. 28, 2008 against Denver when kicking for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Philip Rivers had his best statistical outing of the season, completing 21 of 31 (.677) for 307 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. His rating was a season-high 110.6 and it was his first game of the season without an interception...Rivers was also fleet of foot, rushing for 15 yards to set up a late second-quarter field goal and for seven to help sustain a late fourth-quarter field goal drive.
Mike Tolbert scored the Chargers’ second touchdown of the game for a 20-10 lead with a dive over the pile, outstretching the ball across the goal line for the score...he also ignited a late second-quarter field goal drive with catches of six, 19 and seven yards on the first three plays...field goal gave the Chargers a 13-10 lead at the half.
Larry English had a career-high two sacks.
Takeo Spikes had his first sack as a Charger.
Eric Weddle had his second-straight game-clinching interception with 2:53 left in the fourth quarter a week after picking off Kansas City’s Matt Cassel with 55 seconds left in the final quarter.
Ryan Mathews had 149 yards of total offense for the second-consecutive week, including a career-long 42-yard catch-and-run on 2nd-and-18 during the Chargers’ third-quarter touchdown drive.