At times it felt like an exhibition game and at times it felt like a playoff game.
It was neither, but it was a win. And the win counted.
The Chargers beat the Dolphins 30-14 to improve to 4-10 on the season, but the game was only a part of the story Sunday. It almost seemed like an afterthought compared to the emotions from fans and players before, during and after the game --- a reminder that this wasn't just any ordinary game, but the last home game of 2015 (and possibly, the last home game in San Diego Chargers history).
After time expired in the fourth quarter, "Auld Lang Syne" and "Stay ... Just a Little Bit Longer" played over the stadium speakers while fans chanted everything from "Save Our Bolts!" to "Spa-nos sucks!" and even "M-V-P" when quarterback Philip Rivers approached. Fans stuck around for a long time after the game ended, taking pictures and cheering on players who returned to sign autographs, like Rivers, Malcom Floyd and Eric Weddle.
"It's clear the Chargers means more to this community than just wins and losses," Rivers said after the game.
It isn't certain yet that the Bolts will be bolting to Los Angeles after the season ends, but it looks more and more likely they could be gone. It certainly felt that way in Sunday's game; fans, resigning themselves to their fate, shouting "We'll miss you!" and "Thanks for the memories!" to players as they headed into the locker room.
As for the game itself: The Chargers defense kept the Dolphins scoreless until late in the third quarter and had three sacks on Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (two from OLB Melvin Ingram and one from OLB Jerry Attaochu). RB Danny Woodhead notched all four Chargers touchdowns -- three receiving, one rushing -- and kicker Josh Lambo hit a 28-yard field goal in the second quarter (Lambo missed an extra point and 48-yard field goal attempt).
Woodhead's rushing touchdown was the first rushing score since Week One, when Woodhead ran it in the end zone twice for the Chargers.
The strangest play of the game came in the first half when Rivers was intercepted, but then recovered the ball after RB Melvin Gordon forced a fumble on the 42-yard return. The Chargers lost two yards on the play.