Dolphins defeat Chargers 29-21 for fifth consecutive win

Making his first career start, Salvon Ahmed scores TD on Miami's first play
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa hands off to Salvon Ahmed vs. Los Angeles Chargers in 2020
Posted at 8:08 PM, Nov 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-15 20:08:50-05

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Tua Tagovailoa had help from a less-heralded rookie while Justin Herbert struggled against a blitz-happy defense as the surprising Miami Dolphins earned their fifth consecutive victory by beating the Los Angeles Chargers 29-21.

Salvon Ahmed, making his first career start, ran for 85 yards on 21 carries and scored a 1-yard touchdown on Miami's first play.

The undrafted Ahmed filled in with two other running backs injured and sparked a ground game ranked fourth worst in the league.

Herbert threw a costly interception and was outplayed in the matchup of high draft picks by Tagovailoa, who threw for two scores.