The San Diego Chargers were defeated 37-0 by the Miami Dolphins Sunday at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.
It was the first time the Chargers have been shutout since they were beaten 34-0 by the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 31, 1999, and was the third game in a row that the Chargers have lost this season.
“The easiest way to say it is in all phases we got beat today,” coach Mike McCoy said in his post-game press conference. “A number of turnovers on offense. Couldn’t stop them the first seven series of the game. Kicking game not good enough (so) all around so I’ll leave it at that.”
Philip Rivers threw a season-high three interceptions, and had a fumble, while going 12-23 with a season-low 138 yards. He was replaced by backup Kellen Clemens during the fourth quarter.
“There are really no excuses. I didn’t play good at all and that’s stating the obvious,” Rivers said in his post-game press conference. “I don’t think anybody on our team thinks we played anywhere close to what we’re capable of.”
Not only did Rivers struggle, but rookie Branden Oliver also had another rough outing, rushing for 19 yards on 13 carries. Donald Brown was the team’s leading rusher with 23 yards on four carries.
It wasn’t all on Rivers and the offense though, as the defense allowed a season-high amount of points (37), total yards (441), and first-downs (28). Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill led his team 77 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown in the Dolphins first possession of the game, and they would not look back after that, as it took seven possessions before the Dolphins were forced to punt.
“All you can do is go back and work harder than you’ve ever done,” Eric Weddle said post-game. “I’ll push my guys as much as I possibly can and expect the most out of them. If they don’t respond, they won’t be on the field with me.”
The Chargers head into their bye week (5-4, 1-2) after starting the season 5-1. They come back home on Nov. 16 to play the Oakland Raiders (0-8, 0-3) at 4:05 p.m. PT.