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Game recap: Miami Dolphins struggle against Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday Night Football

Game recap: Miami Dolphins struggle against Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday Night Football

The Mispanmi Dolphins will try to get back to winning ways under the lights on Sunday night in Los Angeles.

The Dolphins (8-4) and Chspanrgers (6-6) have the Sunday Night Football spotlight this week in a matchup of teams locked in AFC playoff races.

Miami wasn’t at its best in last week’s 33-17 loss spant Sspann Frspanncisco, which saw backup quarterback Brock Purdy, the 2022 “Mr. Irrelevant” as the last pick in the NFL Draft, outduel Tuspan Tspangovspanilospan after an early injury to 49ers starter Jimmy Garoppolo.

Tagovailoa remains the NFL leader in passer rating (112) despite last week’s struggles.

Against San Francisco, the third-year pro was 18-of-33 for 295 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, snapping a franchise-record streak for passes without an interception which dated back to a Week 4 loss in Cincinnati.

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Wide receiver Tyreek Hill, the NFL leader in receptions (96) and receiving yards (1,379), posted another huge performance in the loss, catching nine passes for 146 yards and a touchdown.

Hill needs just 11 receiving yards against the Chargers to break the Dolphins single-season receiving yards record, which was set by Mark Clayton in 1984.

The Chargers are a desperate team entering Week 14 after losing three of their last four games.

Los Angeles is two games back of Miami, which currently holds the No. 6 seed and final Wild Card slot for the AFC playoffs.

11:26 p.m. | Jason Sanders hits late field goal but Miami can’t get onside kick

Miami converted a 55-yard field goal to bring the deficit back to 23-17 with 1:10 remaining.

The Dolphins’ ensuing onside kick was momentarily available for both teams to recover but Miami couldn’t fall on the ball.

The Chargers offense knelt out the remaining minute as Miami had no timeouts.

Final from Los Angeles: Chargers 23, Dolphins 17.

11:13 p.m. | Dolphins defense can’t get off field in fourth quarter

The Miami defense simply could not get a stop in the fourth quarter.

Los Angeles embarked on a 17-play that ran off more than eight minutes of the fourth quarter and all of Miami’s timeouts, dashing hopes of a Dolphins comeback.

The Chargers fumbled the snap on second down inside the Miami 10-yard line but quarterback Justin Herbert was able to fall on the ball immediately.

Cameron Dicker kicked a 28-yard field to give the Chargers a two-possession lead late in the fourth quarter. Miami trails 23-14 with 2:30 left to play.

10:52 p.m. | Dolphins within striking distance at start of fourth quarter

The Miami offense is not playing well overall — yet the Dolphins are within a possession at the start of the final quarter.

The Dolphins trail the Chargers 20-14 with 15 minutes to play in Los Angeles. The Miami defense made another big stop on third down with the final play of the third quarter, presumably bringing up a Chargers punt on the other side of the commercial break.

10:32 p.m. | Tyreek Hill breaks loose for long touchdown

Miami Dolphins star wide receiver Tyreek Hill caught a 60-yard touchdown to bring the Dolphins within a field goal of the Chargers midway through the third quarter in Los Angeles.

The Dolphins offense has been stuck in neutral all night. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa hit Hill for the long touchdown on just his fourth completion of the night. Tagovailoa is now 4-of-18 passing with a touchdown after the scoring drive.

The Chargers lead the Dolphins 17-14 in the third quarter.

10:11 p.m. | Tyreek Hill, Jeff Wilson Jr. injuries strike Dolphins

Miami Dolphins star wide receiver Tyreek Hill was listed as questionable to return at halftime due to a left ankle injury. Running back Jeff Wilson Jr. was officially listed OUT due to a hip injury.

Hill rejoined the Miami offense on its opening drive of the third quarter despite the injury diagnosis.

Miami managed less than 60 yards of total offense in a difficult first half in Los Angeles. The Dolphins trail 17-7 with the Chargers taking over on offense to open the third quarter.

9:54 p.m. | Austin Ekeler touchdown extends Chargers’ halftime lead

The Los Angeles Chargers will enter halftime with a two-possession lead after running back Austin Ekeler converted fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line. The premier back plunged into the line and overpowered Dolphins defenders.

Miami trails Los Angeles 17-7 at halftime.

9:27 p.m. | Tyreek Hill’s inexplicable touchdown gets Miami back in game

Tyreek Hill scored a 73-yard touchdown in unbelievable fashion, recovering a fumble out of a scrum of Los Angeles and Miami players, then outrunning everyone else on the field for an improbable touchdown.

Miami trails Los Angeles 10-7 late in the second quarter on Sunday Night Football.

9:13 p.m. | Chargers build early lead over Dolphins

Justin Herbert’s touchdown pass to Mike Williams with 9:49 remaining in the second quarter gave Los Angeles a 10-0 lead over Miami on Sunday Night Football.

The Chargers have 10 first downs on their opening three drives while Miami has managed just a single first down so far.

8:53 p.m. | Tyreek Hill sets single-season franchise record

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill caught a 13-yard pass on the Miami Dolphins’ second drive to set the franchise record for single-season receiving yards, surpassing Mark Clayton’s 1,389 yards in the 1984 season.

The Dolphins and Chargers are tied 0-0 at the end of the first quarter.

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8:40 p.m. | Miami Dolphins make goal-line stand

Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers come up empty on their opening drive after the Dolphins made a goal-line stand at the 2-yard line.

The Chargers drove more than 80 yards on their opening series but were unable to convert on four straight plays inside the 10-yard line. Miami and Los Angeles are tied 0-0 late in the first quarter.

8:25 p.m. | Miami Dolphins forced to punt on first drive

The Miami Dolphins received the opening kickoff on Sunday Night Football and found little success on their opening drive.

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw three consecutive incompletions to open the game, forcing Thomas Morestead into the game for an early punt. The Chargers will stat inside their own red zone after just 23 seconds elapse on Miami’s opening drive.

6:55 p.m. | Miami Dolphins will have Terron Armstead and Eric Fisher available vs. Chargers

The Dolphins’ offensive line is getting reinforcements.

Left tackle Terron Armstead, who missed last week’s game vs. the 49ers, is available tonight. He had said during the week he was hopeful he could play despite a strained pectoral. He wore protection in practice and likely will wear it tonight.

The Dolphins also have newly signed Eric Fisher, a veteran tackle, in uniform tonight.

Miami will not have Teddy Bridgewater available. Bridgewater has a knee problem, so rookie Skylar Thompson will back up Tua Tagovailoa.

The Chargers will be without safety Derwin James and cornerback Bruce Callahan in the secondary, plus right tackle Trey Pipkins and run-stopper Sebastian Joseph-Day on the defensive line. Ex-Dolphins running back Sony Michel also is out.

  • #3 RB Myles Gaskin
  • #5 QB Teddy Bridgewater
  • #9 CB Noah Igbinoghene
  • #18 WR Erik Ezukanma
  • #84 TE Hunter Long
  • #85 WR River Cracraft

  • #2 QB Easton Stick
  • #3 S Derwin James Jr.
  • #11 WR Jason Moore Jr.
  • #20 RB Sony Michel
  • #23 CB Bryce Callahan
  • #69 DL Sebastian Joseph-Day
  • #79 T Trey Pipkins III

5:15 p.m. | Dolphins vs. Chspanrgers predictions: Who do NFL experts think will win?

Can Tua and the Dolphins find their rhythm again in prime time? Or will a desperate Chargers squad keep their playoff hopes going strong? National NFL reporters and analysts have mixed feelings in their Week 14 predictions.

What time is the Dolphins game today?

Where: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California

When: 8:20 p.m. Sunday, December 11

What channel is the Dolphins game on?

TV: NBC, YouTube TV (2-week free trial), Hulu + Live TV (7-day free trial), fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Live stream: Pespancock (7-day free trial), NFL+ (7-day free trial)

How can I listen to Miami Dolphins game on radio?

Radio: WQAM 560; SiriusXM Channel 226

Online radio: SiriusXM.com (Chspannnel 819)

What’s the latest betting line for Dolphins vs. Chargers?

Miami is a 3.5-point favorite over Los Angeles, according to Tipico, the oddsmspanker for USA TODAY. The over-under is 52 points. 


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