Chargers Destroy Dolphins

The Chargers Cannon went off when Danny Woodhead caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers, the first of four scores for the mighty mite running back.

"San Diego Super Chargers," the disco ditty from the Air Coryell years, rang out after rookie Josh Lambo kicked a 28-yard field goal.

It might have been be for the last time.

Woodhead caught touchdown passes of 20, 9 and 9 yards and scored on a 2-yard run to lead the Chargers to a 30-14 victory against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

In the final minutes, fans started chanting "San Diego!" Rivers, tight end Antonio Gates and receiver Malcom Floyd came out of the game with 37 seconds left, to applause.

Those fans who stuck around to the end cheered at the final gun.

No one knows if this was the last Chargers game in San Diego after 55 seasons. Team chairman Dean Spanos has been angling since February to try to beat St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke to the Los Angeles market, which has been without the NFL for 21 years.

The Chargers (4-10) have gone as far as to partner with their hated rival, the Oakland Raiders, in proposing to build a stadium on the site of a former toxic waste dump in Carson. Kroenke has proposed a stadium in Inglewood. NFL owners could vote on relocation next month. The Chargers walked away from negotiations with city and county officials in mid-June.

Some fans brought signs deriding Spanos, whose family has owned the Chargers since 1984. The Chargers have had only 12 winning seasons under Spanos ownership. They will miss the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons.

Although there were many empty seats at kickoff, fans gave the Chargers a rousing ovation as they headed to the locker room with a 23-0 halftime lead.

Miami (5-9) lost for the fourth time in five games.

The play of the game came early in the second quarter. Rivers was intercepted by Reshad Jones, who weaved through traffic for 42 yards before guard Orlando Franklin stripped the ball. After a wild scramble, Rivers jumped it. The Chargers moved down the field for Lambo's 28-yard field goal for a 9-0 lead.

Woodhead caught a 20-yard touchdown pass to cap San Diego's first drive. He scored on a 2-yard run and caught a 9-yard TD pass in the second quarter. He caught a 9-yard scoring pass late in the game.

For Miami, Jay Ajayi scored on a 12-yard run in the third quarter and Ryan Tannehill had a 1-yard keeper late in the fourth.

In the fourth quarter, the Chargers played a video tribute to Floyd, who is retiring after this season, his 12th with San Diego. Rivers tried to get Floyd a TD pass but was intercepted at the 1 by Brent Grimes.

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