Dolphins’ 54-yard field goal with 1:05 to play spoils home opener for Chargers

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Carson, Calif. — Dolphins’ kicker Cody Parkey connected on a 54-yard field goal with 1:05 to play as the Miami Dolphins came from behind in the fourth quarter to get the 19-17 victory in the Chargers’ home opener in Los Angeles. 

The Chargers still had a chance, though. Younghoe Koo missed a 44-yard field goal with five seconds remaining in regulation to seal the deal for Miami.

A crowd of 25, 281 was in attendance for the franchise that moved to Los Angeles after 56 seasons in San Diego.

For the Chargers, QB Philip Rivers led the way with 331 yards as he and TE Antonio Gates had a record-setting day. Gates caught a seven-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to break a tie with Tony Gonzalez for all-time TDs among TEs. 

Jay Cutler finished with 230 yards as RB Jay Ajayi rushed for 122 yards as the Dolphins won their season opener after Hurricane Irma forced their Week 1 matchup to be canceled. 

The Chargers are now 0-2 after Koo missed a potential game-winning field goal in back-to-back weeks.

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Rohit Ghosh

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