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Fundamental breakdowns pile up in Chargers' loss

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — With all the mistakes they made, it's a wonder the San Diego Chargers still had a chance to beat the Miami Dolphins on the game's final play.

The Chargers (4-6) lost their third straight game, 20-16, thanks to a litany of blunders that included 10 penalties for 76 yards, including one that negated a touchdown and another that negated a takeaway.

Then there were, by rookie coach Mike McCoy's count, 12 missed tackles that led to 92 "bonus" yards for the Dolphins.

Three missed tackles came on tight end Charles Clay's 39-yard touchdown reception

Says McCoy: "That's a bad example of how we want to play football."

Lastly, Philip Rivers didn't spike the ball before the second-to-last play, costing the Chargers precious time.

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