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Chargers Tame the Wild Cat, beat Dolphins 23-13

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The Dolphins brought a seven game winning streak into San Diego today. Miami has started the 2009 season with two losses so they were really hoping to continue to have their way with the Chargers and come out of San Diego with a victory.

Last year the Chargers were taken by surprise by the Wildcat offense, but it looks as though San Diego has learned their lessons and the defense looked much better this time around. Eric Weddle really stepped up with an interception that he returned for a touchdown and Kevin Burnett was busy all day recording tackles and he added one sack as well.

Philip Rivers once again had big numbers throwing the ball, 303 yards total, and he even ran for a touchdown himself. That was only his second rushing TD of his career.

Once again the Chargers moved the ball down the field but had trouble once they got to the red zone. The Chargers were able to get inside the 20 six times, but was only able to score one offensive touchdown. Nate Kaeding hit field goals from 25, 23 and 26 yards and he missed one from 41 yards out.

Although Rivers did not throw for a touchdown today, he had some great passes. Malcom Floyd caught a 47 yard pass from Rivers Vincent Jackson had one from 56 yards. Jackson lead all receivers today with 5 catches for 120 yards.

The Chargers have not been able to get their running game going this year. They only had a total 69 yards on the ground.
Dolphins QB Chad Pennington had to leave the game in the third quarter when linebacker Kevin Burnett hit Pennington and drove him to the ground. Pennington appeared to have injured his shoulder and he never returned.

Shawne Merriman saw limited action today and left the game for good during the third quarter when he aggravated the groin injury he first received during the Baltimore game last week.

The Chargers are now 2-1 for the season and that is the first time that they have been above .500 since the 2007 season. They travel to Pittsburgh next week to take on the Steelers.

Weird stat of the game – both teams had 63 offensive plays.


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