Follow along with The TImes as we track all the action from Week 2.
The Chargers had bent and bent and bent and bent Sunday afternoon in their home opener in their new Los Angeles home, and with three minutes left, it was time to do it again.
Miami had moved the ball well all afternoon, amassing more than 300 yards, but the Chargers had rebuffed three trips deep into their territory, forcing the Dolphins to settle for field goals.
But with just a one-point lead, that wasn’t going to be good enough this time. A kick would win it -- a complete and total stop was the only thing that would do.
Unlike the Chargers, though, the Dolphins were equipped to grind out their yardage, using running back Jay Ajayi as a bulldozer, clearing a path down the field just far enough for kicker Cody Parkey to break the Chargers’ hearts.
Parkey’s 54-yard field goal put Miami up 19-17 with a minute left, a score that would hold as the Chargers suffered yet another special-teams error in the final moments.
After Philip Rivers authored a drive to get the Chargers into game-winning range, Younghoe Koo missed a 44-yard field goal right. It was Koo’s second miss of the day.
Parkey, on the other hand, made all four of his field goals.
Sean McVay’s familiarity with the Washington Redskins did not pay dividends Sunday.
The Rams coach watched from the sideline as Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins led a fourth-quarter drive and fired a touchdown pass that sent the Rams to a 27-20 defeat at the Coliseum.
Rams quarterback Jared Goff had a pass intercepted on the ensuing possession, sealing a loss that dropped the Rams’ record to 1-1.
After routing the Indianapolis Colts in their opener, the Rams could not stop the Redskins' rushing attack or withstand the late-game mastery by Cousins, who helped his team improve to 1-1.
Goff completed 15 of 25 passes for 224 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Rams running back Todd Gurley rushed for 88 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 48 yards and a touchdown.
But the Rams gave up 229 yards rushing. Ryan Kelley gained 78 yards, Chris Thompson 77 and Samaje Perine 67.
Cousins completed 18 of 27 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown.
The Rams overcame an early 13-point deficit to tie the score, 20-20, on a Greg Zuerlein field goal with just over seven minutes left.
They trailed 20-10 at halftime before launching their comeback.
Receiver Sammy Watkins caught a call over the middle and then spun and reversed field for a 28-yard gain. On the next play, Goff connected with tight end Gerald Everett over the middle for 24 yards.
Gurley ran around left end for 18 yards, setting the stage for a highlight-reel play.
Gurley caught a pass in the left flat, hurdled a defender and dove for the pylon for an 18-yard touchdown that pulled the Rams to within three points.
The Rams caught a break when Dustin Hopkins' field-goal attempt bounced off the right upright.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Rams appeared to be moving toward a possible go-ahead touchdown, especially after punter Johnny Hekker completed a pass to rookie Josh Reynolds for a first down. But the Rams committed multiple penalties that forced them to settle for Zuerlein’s game-tying 40-yard field goal.
Washington got the ball with 7:16 left and Cousins moved them down the field with several clutch passes to Terrelle Pryor and Jamison Crowder.
Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson left the field because of an injury during the drive. Cousins made the Rams pay, finding Grant for the touchdown.
Washington linebacker Mason Foster sealed the victory by intercepting a Goff pass.
Kelley and Thompson combined for 155 yards rushing in the first half as the Redskins built a 20-10 lead.
The Rams trailed, 13-0, in the second quarter before staging a run that gave them some momentum — but not enough to overtake Washington.
Washington took the early lead with a field goal.
The Rams went three and out on their second possession, giving Kelley a chance to get going with a 21-yard gain that helped set up Thompson’s short touchdown run for a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Gurley’s fumble on the first play of the ensuing possession gave the ball back to Washington. Cousins’ third-down pass to Thompson for 15 yards set up a field goal for a 13-0 lead.
Goff answered with an impressive play, avoiding the rush to keep the play alive before lofting a pass to Everett along the right sideline. Everett caught the ball and ran about 40 yards for a 69-yard gain.
Gurley’s short touchdown run pulled the Rams to within six points, and Zuerlein’s field goal cut the deficit to three.
But then Thompson broke loose for a 61-yard touchdown that pushed Washington’s lead back to 10 points.
at Baltimore Ravens 24, Cleveland Browns 10
Arizona Cardinals 16, at Indianapolis Colts 13, OT
at Kansas City Chiefs 27, Philadelphia Eagles 20
at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 29, Chicago Bears 7
Miami Dolphins 19, at CHARGERS 17
at Oakland Raiders 45, New York Jets 20
Washington Redskins 27, at RAMS 20
at Seattle Seahawks 12, San Francisco 49ers 9
at Atlanta Falcons 34, Green Bay Packers 23
Houston Texas 13, Cincinnati Bengals 9
There is 1:49 left to play in the fourth quarter.
Which was made possible by this gem by punter Johnny Hekker.
Todd Gurley is coming alive.
As a receiver.
Gurley caught a short pass and went 18 yards for a touchdown, hurdling his second defender of the game. The touchdown reception was the first of Gurley’s career.
The Rams trail the Washington Redskins 20-17 at the end of the third quarter.
The Dolphins took a 19-17 lead over the Chargers when Cody Parkey kicked a 54-yard field goal with 1:05 left in the game.
The Dolphins pulled to within one point of the Chargers on Cody Parkey's 35-yard field goal with 6:28 left in the fourth quarter.
Miami drove from its 19-yard line to the Chargers nine-yard line and had a first-and-goal, but the Dolphins were unable to punch the ball into the end zone for a go-ahead score. Jay Cutler threw an incomplete pass on first down, and a holding penalty pushed the Dolphins back to the 16.
Cutler passed to Jarvis Landry but for a loss of one yard, Hayes Pullard making the tackle. On third-and-goal from the 17, Chargers reserve defensive end Chris McCain, who was cut by Miami two years ago, chased down Cutler from behind and tackled him for no gain, forcing the field goal.
The Dolphins pulled to within 17-13 of the Chargers on Cody Parkey's 28-yard field goal with 2:43 left in the third quarter.
Miami drove from its own 23-yard line to the Chargers six-yard line, the big play a 31-yard Jay-Cutler-to-DeVante-Parker pass on which Parker outleaped Chargers cornerback Casey Hawyard for the ball down the right sideline. But Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram sacked Cutler for a five-yard loss on a third-and-goal play from the five-yard line, preventing Miami from scoring a game-tying touchdown.
The Rams finally woke up — and so did the sleepy Coliseum crowd — but still trail the Washington Redskins 20-10 at halftime.
This one, for the Rams, hasn’t exactly been pretty.
Redskins backup running back Chris Thompson has done the bulk of the damage.
Thompson started the second quarter taking a short pass seven yards for a touchdown and a 10-0 lead.
On the ensuing drive, the Rams' running game continued to struggle as Todd Gurley fumbled on the 30-yard line, the Redskins recovered, and kicked a field goal to take a 13-0 lead.
With the Rams desperate to score, coach Sean McVay put together a few play-calls that worked. Jared Goff completed a 69-yard pass to rookie tight end Gerald Everett, then Gurley took a handoff three yards for a touchdown, and the Rams were finally on the board, 13-7, then managed a field goal on the next drive to make it 13-10.
But Thompson broke loose again — 61 yards up the middle — to give the Redskins a 20-10 lead going into halftime.
Anthony Gates set the NFL's all-time record for touchdown receptions by a tight end (112) when he caught a seven-yard scoring pass from Philip Rivers to give the Chargers a 17-10 lead over the Dolphins with 8:18 left in the third quarter.
The play capped an eight-play, 77-yard drive in which Rivers completed passes of 15 yards to Melvin Gordon, 12 yards to Tyrell Williams and 21 yards to Keenan Allen. Gates planted himself in the end zone and outjumped Dolphins defensive back Nate Allen for his 112th career touchdown pass, moving ahead of Tony Gonzalez for the all-time lead.
Jay Cutler and the Dolphins took advantage of a Tre Boston personal foul, tying the game with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills on the first drive of the second half.
Redskins running back Rob Kelley is questionable to return because of a rib injury.
The Broncos currently lead the Cowboys 7-0 in the first quarter.