The Dolphins defensive unit hasn’t exactly lived up to expectations this season. They came into Sunday’s game against the Chargers 18th in yards allowed, 15th in points allowed and just 16th in sacks despite one of the most expensive groups of defensive linemen in the league.
Sunday against the Chargers, however, the defense came up huge. The unit picked off Chargers quarterback four times on the day, including one from Tony Lippett in the end zone that took a scoring opportunity away from San Diego.
However, the most important pick of the game came with just over a minute to play in the fourth quarter. The game was tied at 24 and the Chargers were driving into Dolphins territory when linebacker Kiko Alonso read the eyes of Rivers, jumped the route, and took off.
The touchdown was the game-winner as on the next Chargers drive, Lippett picked off Rivers again to end it.