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Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Dec 11, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/chargers/20051211-1630-fbn-dolphins-chargers.html" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>

    <img src="http://bolttalk.com/images/breeslose.jpg" alt="Brees walks off after a loss." />

    By Bernie Wilson

    SAN DIEGO – The Chargers must have been looking ahead to their game against Indianapolis, because they sure weren't paying enough attention to the Miami Dolphins.

    Gus Frerotte threw two touchdown passes to Chris Chambers in the third quarter and the Dolphins shocked San Diego 23-21 on Sunday, ending the Chargers' five-game winning streak and severely damaging their playoff hopes.

    The Dolphins (6-7) won their third straight and remained alive for the AFC East title. Their victory kept the two-time defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots from clinching the division. New England won 35-7 at Buffalo.

    This was the most winnable of the final four games for the defending AFC West champion Chargers (8-5), who came into the day tied for second in the division with Kansas City, one game behind Denver. The Chargers' next two games are on the road, at undefeated Indianapolis and Kansas City, before they finish at home against Denver.

    Antonio Gates caught an 8-yard TD pass from Drew Brees with 15 seconds left, but the Dolphins recovered the onside kick.

    Chambers was the hero of Miami's 24-23 win against Buffalo a week earlier, in which the Dolphins rallied for 21 points in the fourth quarter. He caught 15 passes for 238 yards, both team records, and scored the winning touchdown with a leaping 4-yard reception on fourth down with 6 seconds left.

    He had eight catches for 121 yards against San Diego. Frerotte was 14-of-22 for 229 yards.

    The Dolphins held LaDainian Tomlinson to 75 yards on 21 carries and no TDs. Brees was 35-of-52 for 279 yards and two TDs, with one interception.

    After a lackluster first half by both teams, the Dolphins took control in the third quarter.

    Frerotte's 35-yard pass to Chambers put the Dolphins ahead 20-7 with 3:26 left in the quarter, capping a six-play, 87-yard drive. Chambers burned Drayton Florence and was wide open in the end zone.

    San Diego closed to 20-14 with 10:34 left when Brees scored on a 4-yard quarterback draw.

    Frerotte came right back, hitting Marty Booker on a 56-yard pass to the San Diego 9, but rookie Ronnie Brown fumbled at the 1 three plays later when he flipped over the pile, with San Diego's Clinton Hart recovering.

    But the Chargers lost the ball with 2:31 left when Yeremiah Bell's hit caused Brees to fumble while dropping back to pass, with Kevin Carter recovering at the Chargers' 23.

    The call was upheld on the third challenge in the last 7:55. The other challenges came on Brown's fumble, which was upheld, and on a spot on the Chargers' drive, which was overturned. The Chargers then converted on fourth down, four plays before Brees fumbled.

    Early in the third quarter, Chargers rookie Darren Sproles fumbled a kickoff and Olindo Mare, who had just kicked a 39-yard field goal, recovered at the San Diego 24. Three plays later, Frerotte hit Chambers for an 8-yard score and a 13-7 lead.

    Mare also kicked a 29-yard field goal late in the second quarter and the Dolphins trailed just 7-3 at halftime, and added a 20-yarder with 1:11 left in the game.

    San Diego took a 7-0 lead on Brees' 8-yard pass to Keenan McCardell late in the first quarter.

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