DOLPHINS CLOCK CHARGERS

The Dolphins are now officially done with their slump. That much is evident after the way they pasted the San Diego Chargers Sunday afternoon at Pro Player Stadium.

The 30-3 final score might not even have done justice to just how badly the Dolphins dominated San Diego on this day.

Behind Ricky Williams' 143 yards rushing, James McKnight's big plays on offense and another defensive show, the Dolphins improved to 7-4.

The Dolphins wasted little time establishing their dominance on defense, with Zach Thomas picking off a Drew Brees pass on the second play from scrimmage.

Williams burst through a hole for 14 yards on the Dolphins' first offensive play, and the Dolphins were in business at the San Diego 17-yard line. But after getting a second-and-goal at the 1, they had to settle for a 20-yard Olindo Mare field goal.

The Chargers answered back with a field goal of their own, which capped a 57-yard drive that was greatly aided by a stupid personal foul penalty on Sam Madison, who shoved Tomlinson for no apparent reason after a play.

But that was about all that went wrong for the Dolphins in the first half.

After the San Diego field goal, the Dolphins used a little bit of trickery to give themselves great field position as Travis Minor handed off to James McKnight on the return and McKnight brought it back to the 40-yard line.

A holding penalty on Chris Chambers negated a touchdown run by Ricky Williams, but it didn't matter because on the very next play Lucas hit McKnight in the back of the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown and a 20-3 lead.

Early in the second quarter, the Dolphins put together their longest drive of the season — in terms of number of plays — and the 14-play march paid off with Williams' 1-yard touchdown plunge on third-and-goal.

After the Chargers' Steve Christie missed a 42-yard field goal, the Dolphins marched another 48 yards to tack on Mare's 38-yard field goal just before halftime and make it 20-3 after two quarters.

It was more of the same in the second half, as the Dolphins tacked on 10 more points, first on Williams' 12-yard touchdown run and then on Mare's 23-yard field goal that followed a 77-yard pass play from Lucas to McKnight.


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