At the end of an emotional week, Philbin wasn't ready to let up.
Philbin missed two days of practice leading up to the game to be with his father, who died Friday in Massachusetts.
Following a moment of silence for the elder Philbin before kickoff, the Dolphins won one for their third-year coach.
"I really have to give our assistant coaches and our players a ton of credit," Philbin said. "I kind of just showed up for the game."
Afterward, Philbin's shirt was soaked, thanks to a sports-drink dousing by his players.
"We promised him we would play our best game of the year, and we did that for him," guard Mike Pouncey said.
Philbin's iffy job security has been bolstered by recent results. The Dolphins (5-3) earned their third consecutive victory as they began a stretch of four games in a row against playoff contenders.
"We're scratching the surface," Philbin said. "We certainly haven't put it all together yet."
San Diego was shut out for the first time since 1999, while the Dolphins earned their first shutout since 2006. Every Miami victory this season has been by double digits, and this was the most lopsided yet.
"They flat-out beat us," Rivers said. "For 60 minutes they wore us out."
The onslaught continued from there.
"They sure played with energy and passion," Weddle said. "Credit their whole organization for the way they played today, because that was as good a win as I've seen."
"We're just tapping our potential," Tannehill said. "But words are cheap. You've got to go out and do it every week."
On their next series, Rivers had a clear path to a first down on a third-down scramble but slid prematurely and came up inches short, and the Chargers had to punt. Then came his first interception, and the rout was on.
"That's an awesome game - 37-0," Grimes said. "You don't see it that much in the NFL."
Notes: The Chargers announced during the game that Rivers hurt his hand, but McCoy said the injury wasn't significant. ... Dolphins RB Lamar Miller left the game in the second half with an injury. He said he suffered a stinger that wasn't serious. ... Chargers RB Donald Brown, back after being sidelined by a concussion, carried four times for 23 yards.
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