Don’t cry dry your eyes.
Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso jumped in front of Tyrell Williams of the San Diego Chargers for an interception and outraced everyone 60 yards to the end zone with 1:01 left to give the Dolphins a crazy 31-24 victory. The Dolphins have now won four in a row and sit in second place behind the New England Patriots in the AFC East.
“My first ever pick six, in high school I got knocked down at the one yard line, in college I should have had one but had terrible vision,” Alonso stated.
Alonso leads the team in tackles with 71.
The Miami Dolphins defense is actually letting their game on the field speak for themselves. Their worst lost of the season has been 15 points to the Cincinnati Bengals. Dolphins DE Cameron Wake is on quite a run. He has four sacks in the past two games and 5.5 sacks in the past three games. Wake’s total is seven sacks to lead the team.
Philip Rivers tied his career high with four interceptions. The four picks came in a 13-minute span.
“I hate it for the guys in there,” Rivers stated. “There were two of them when we were fixing to score, and then obviously the last one there with a chance to win the game with a field goal. The guy made a great play.”
The four interceptions in the fourth is a Dolphins team record for most interceptions in a quarter.
The game itself was a coin flip for either team. Rivers’ 51-yard touchdown pass to Williams with 4:04 left gave the Chargers a 24-21 lead.
Miami came right back to get a 27-yard field goal from Andrew Franks to tie it. That was set up by Ryan Tannehill’s 56-yard pass to DeVante Parker and a roughing-the-passer call that put the ball on the San Diego 10.
“We play until it is time to stop playing,” Dolphins head coach Adam Gase stated. “We have gotten better as the season has gone on. That is what you are always looking for. We have found things out about certain guys maybe we did not know right away.”
Jay Ajayi ran for 79 yards, ending his streak of three straight 100-yard games, but he had big runs to set up two touchdowns and was a threat every time he touched the ball.
Ajayi leading up to the game called his offensive line the “Fab Five.” The offensive line has improved tremendously. Yes they have battled injuries and players being out however all the players wear pads and helmets.
“Having the five guys back together they are able to have cohesiveness, they are able to work together, get a feel for each other,” offensive line coach Chris Foerster stated. “Each week, each game, each quarter, just get a little better”
Since the Dolphins are playing at the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday, they’re staying up the road in Carlsbad this week. Dolphins DE Mario Williams left with an ankle injury.