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In a tale of two fumbles, Miami writes the ending

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.nctimes.com/articles/2005/12/12/sports/professional/chargers/121105205459.txt" target="_blank">North County Times</a>

    <img src="http://bolttalk.com/images/chargersvdolphins03.jpg" alt="Brees Fumbles" />


    SAN DIEGO ---- After a blow to the gut sent the Fish reeling, an unheralded Miami Dolphins reserve provided a crushing counterpunch Sunday afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium.

    Yeremiah Bell's fourth-quarter blindside sack of Drew Brees forced a key fumble for the biggest play in a 23-21 Dolphins' victory.

    "We knew we had to make a play," Bell said. "They had got a couple first downs and they started to drive the ball, and we knew we had to do something. Luckily, I was in position to make the play and help our football team."

    Did he ever. Bell's play helped the Dolphins retake momentum in a game that was on the verge of slipping away ---- a game that looked as if it were in the bag for Miami just minutes earlier.

    The Dolphins had been up by six and knocking on the doorstep again midway through the fourth quarter when the unthinkable happened. On a disputed call, Ronnie Brown lost a fumble at the 1-yard line to give the Chargers new life.

    It was the kind of momentum swing upon which games often hinge. Bell, a backup to Lance Schulters at free safety, swung momentum right back.Ã

    The play took shape thanks to a key halftime adjustment. Bell said the Dolphins noticed the Chargers sliding their running back inside to help block the defensive end.

    It happened again when Bell was sent on the blitz. Running back LaDainian Tomlinson attempted to backtrack and account for Bell, but he was too late.

    "I didn't know where Drew was, but I thought (Bell) was far from Drew," Tomlinson said. "Obviously, he wasn't. The guy made a good play."

    Bell hammered Brees just as his arm was starting to swing back, and the ball squirted into the arms of Kevin Carter, helping to seal the third straight victory for the revitalized Dolphins (6-7).

    "We're just trying to make a statement and show people that we can play," Bell said.

    The statement should have come sooner, according the Brown, who was ruled to have fumbled after somersaulting to the 1-yard line on third down.

    Replays were inconclusive, but the rookie out of Auburn said he was down.

    "I figured I hit my helmet and the ball came out after that, so I figured the ground can't cause a fumble," Brown said.

    Because of Bell's counterpunch however, it didn't matter.

    "I kind of had a big old smile after that," Brown said.

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