Miami Sports Day

NFL: Miami Dolphins Use Parkey’s Leg to Unplug Chargers

CARSON, Calif. –– Cody Parkey’s fourth field goal, a 54-yarder with 65 seconds remaining, lifted Miami over Los Angeles.

Miami’s Jay Cutler completed 24 of 33 passes 230 yards and a touchdown and Jay Ajayi paced all rushers with 122 yards on 28 carries. Kenny Stills caught a 29-yard touchdown in the third quarter for the first Dolphins touchdown of the season. Cutler improved to 7-4 in season openers.

Miami’s win gives the Dolphins a winning start to the 2017 season and the Dolphins sit atop the AFC East standings. Miami now has 10 wins in its last 12 regular season games and has won four of their past five season openers. The Dolphins are 28-23-1 all-time in the team’s first game of the season.

Ajayi yards snapped the Chargers’ streak of 17 straight games without allowing a 100-yard rusher. The streak dated back to Jan. 3, 2016 when Ronnie Hillman rushed for 117 yards for the Broncos and was the longest active streak in the NFL. It is the fifth 100-yard rushing performance of Ajayi’s career. He had four in 2016.

Linebacker Mike Hull led the Dolphins with 10 tackles (seven solo) in just his second career start. Defensive end William Hayes posted the first sack of his Dolphins career, giving him 35.5 sacks for his career. His 34.5 career sacks entering the game was No. 22 among active NFL defensive linemen.

Rookie Younghoe Koo’s 44-yard field goal with five seconds left was off the mark. It was the second straight game Koo had a chance to win or tie the game in the closing seconds, and he failed on both occasions. While the Chargers fell to 0-2, it was the Dolphins’ first game as their season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was postponed because of Hurricane Irma.

Philip Rivers was 31 of 39 for 282 yards with a touchdown for the Chargers.

FINS NOTES: Jarvis Landry’s eight receptions in the first half were a career high in a first half and tied for the most by a Dolphins player in a first half since 1991. Linebacker John Denney played in his 193rd consecutive game, extending his team-best streak, which is fifth among all active NFL players. Denney’s 193 career games played are fourth in team history………linebacker Lawrence Timmons was held out of Sunday’s game after leaving team without notice for a “personal nature”……..the Dolphins practiced in the Los Angeles area last week after being displaced by Hurricane Irma.

 

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