--The Chargers scored on their opening drive for the first time all season. QB Philip Rivers guided a 14-play drive that took more than seven minutes off the clock, hitting five of eight passes along the way. K Nate Kaeding finished it off with a 34-yard field goal, his ninth conversion in 11 tries (81.8 percent).
--In the third quarter, Rivers connected with WR Vincent Jackson for a 42-yard gain. Jackson led the team with 56 receiving yards, marking a season-high average of 28 yards per catch. Two plays later, Rivers located WR Chris Chambers for a score.
"We knew we needed to take some shots down the field on these guys," Jackson said. "We kept pounding on them and one or two plays later, Chris scores."
--The defense continues to play lights-out after intermission. San Diego held the Miami Dolphins without a point after halftime, one week after limiting the Oakland Raiders to just three point after the break. The Chargers have not allowed a point in the third quarter since the Season Opener.
P Mike Scifres
Otto Greule Jr./Getty
--The Chargers rookies continue to play their part. RB Jacob Hester fought to recover a fumble on special teams after Miami's Davone Bess put the ball on the ground. CB Antoine Cason landed five tackles (four solo), although he failed to break up a pass for the second consecutive week.
What Didn't Work
--With RB LaDainian Tomlinson's looming toe injury, the Chargers' running game has been suffering. LT collected 35 rushing yards, adding to the Bolts' total of a mere 55 yards. The Dolphins clearly dominated the running game, as Ronnie Brown gathered 125 of Miami's 167 rushing yards.
--Displaying an inconsistent passing game for the second consecutive week, Rivers went 13-of-28 for 159 yards. Rivers' passing yards set a season-low for the second straight week. Miami QB Chad Pennington clearly got the better of Rivers, completing 22-of-29 passes (76 percent) for 228 yards.
--The offensive line lacked solid pass protection, which proved to be a contributing factor to Rivers' unproductive performance. Although he was sacked only twice, Rivers was hit four other times. The Bolts failed to find the right scheme against the Dolphins' zone blitz. Miami's outside linebackers Joey Porter and Matt Roth applied pressure off the edges and San Diego's running backs had trouble picking them up.
--The Bolts were unable to perform on the third down. San Diego went 3-of-12 on third downs on Sunday, with two of those conversions coming on its opening drive. A 25 percent third-down efficiency rating -- versus the Dolphins' 50 percent rating -- caused the Bolts disarray as they failed to find a solid rhythm.
--The Chargers ended the day with only 202 total yards, measuring their lowest output of the season. Not only was the running game out of sorts, but TE Antonio Gates made just one reception for 12 yards. Last week, Gates tallied five receptions for 58 yards, so he's healthy enough to be more involved.
The Bolts will return to Qualcomm Stadium to host the New England Patriots. The Patriots lost to Miami in Week 4, which contributed to the Dolphins' first two-game winning streak since 2006. While the Bolts and the Patriots have both been shaken by the team that held the League's worst record last season, the Bolts will look to climb back to .500 and avenge last season's loss in the AFC Championship Game.