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- With three minutes remaining in the game and down 17-16, the Dolphins drove to the Chargers’ 36 where they faced 4th and 6. Adam Gase elected to kick a 54-yd FG rather than attempt to convert on a new set of downs. Miami went ahead 19-17. Kicking the FG here was the right call.
- Melvin Gordon, Chargers running back only carried the ball nine times. Dolphins running back Jay Ayaji carried the ball 28 times. The Chargers only ran the ball four times (one was a Rivers kneel down to center the ball for a FG attempt) in the second half. The failure to get Gordon going in the game and into a consistent rhythm could have shaved time off the clock and forced the Dolphins to commit personnel to try to stop the run. This lack of balance hurt the passing game and the Chargers chances to win the game.
- From 1st & 10 at the Dolphins’ 35, the Chargers gain nine yards to make it 2nd and 1 with :24 left and the Chargers call their final timeout with :19. The prudent thing to do would have been spike the ball on 2nd and 1 and face a 3rd down and 1, thus preserving a timeout. They would have been able to run one additional play to make it a closer FG attempt for their rookie kicker. They elected to use their timeout here, severely limiting their options.
- With no timeouts remaining, Philip Rivers runs and centers the ball with for no gain. Again, they have no timeouts and the clock is ticking. The Chargers scramble to get on the field to attempt a field goal with a running clock.
- However, Adam Gase and the Miami Dolphins bail out the Anthony Lynn and the Chargers by inexplicably calling their second timeout of the half with ten seconds left, giving the Chargers time to set up for a game winning FG, which the Chargers’ rookie kicker fortunately missed.