The Miami Dolphins defeated the Los Angeles Chargers, 29-21, on Sunday in a battle of first-round rookie quarterbacks in Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert. The Chargers fall to 2-7 while the Dolphins improve to 6-3 and likely into a tie for first place of the AFC East.
Tagovailoa, who took over for Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick following their Week 7 bye, is now 3-0 as a starting quarterback. He completed 15-25 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
Herbert finished the game completing 20-32 for 187 yards, 58 of which came on the Chargers’ final drive that saw him connect with Keenan Allen on a 13-yard touchdown to bring the game to within one possession just at the 2:00-minute mark.
Herbert also added a rushing score in the first half. He finished with four carries for 10 yards on the ground.
Allen led all Chargers receivers with just 39 yards while Kalen Ballage led LA’s ball carriers with 18 carries for 68 yards.
It was a rough offensive game for both parties as the two teams combined for just 553 yards and were a combined 9-27 on third down.
The Chargers travel back home to face the New York Jets on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 1:05 pm. New York enters this game fresh off a bye week.