Yesterday, I had an amazing opportunity to fly to Los Angeles for the first Miami Dolphins game. I’ve never been to a Dolphins game, let alone on the road where there may not be a lot of fans, but boy, I was wrong to think the Dolphins wouldn’t have support in the stands.
There were a significant number of Dolphins fans vs Chargers. I felt like I was in Miami at the first home game of the season, not LA. This was the Chargers first game in LA since 1960, and they shouldn’t have come back. You would think there would be an enormous amount of fans coming to support their debut, but Dolphins fans covered the bleachers and chants.
The scoring went back and forth, starting with Cody Parkey’s field goal making the score 3-0. Chargers rookie Younghoe Koo retaliated by completing his first career field goal, tying the game 3-3.
By halftime, the Chargers were ahead 3-10. Jay Cutler put on an impressive performance starting out the third quarter with a TD pass to Kenny Stills making it 10-10. Chargers TE Antonio Gates caught a 7-yard touchdown pass – the 112th of his career – to make the game 10-17. His catch broke a tie with Tony Gonzalez for all-time touchdowns among tight ends.
Fate started leaning in Dolphins favor at the end of the third quarter, with Parkey’s 28-yard field goal putting them ahead, 13-17. In the fourth quarter, Parkey made two field goals to secure the lead for the Dolphins. With nine seconds left, Koo missed a 44-yard field goal attempt that could’ve won the Chargers the game, but instead, the score stayed 19-17.
Dolphins are now 1-0 and head back to the east coast to play New York Jets on Sept 24th at MetLife Stadium.
FINAL: Dolphins 19 – Chargers 17