The first six plays started with the ball snapped from center. They ended in the hands of
The running game revival is on in full for the Chargers. At its center is Mathews, who carried the ball 19 times against the Dolphins for 127 yards and added two catches for 16 yards.
That's the third 100-yard performance of the season for Mathews. And that's the most rushing yards he's tallied in almost two years -- when he broke out against the Broncos for 137 yards on Nov. 27, 2011.
Mathews provided much more than an impressive stat line, though. When his number wasn't called, he was asked to chip dangerous pass rushers like Cameron Wake and help keep
No play was needed more than Mathews' 51-yard scamper to end the third quarter.
The Bolts regained possession hungry to make up ground after the catch-and-run touchdown by Charles Clay.
Mathews handled the rest. He darted off tackle, hit momentarily behind the mammoth frame of
When the Dolphins kicked another field goal, Mathews showcased his blocking to help the Bolts get back in the game.
With 7:50 left in the game, Rivers dropped back but faced a group of Dolphins pass rushers breaking free up the middle. Mathews chipped one to give Rivers more time, and then swung left as an emergency option. A defender hung back to stay with him -- and Rivers took advantage of the open space that defender vacated to find
Intentional or not, Mathews was involved in nearly every big gain the Bolts posted on Sunday. The end result wasn't a victory, but Mathews' play gives the Bolts a more diverse and dangerous offense going forward.