Morning Links: Rivers' deep ball struggles

SAN DIEGO -- Good morning. In his weekly quarterback report, ESPN’s Kevin Seifert writes that San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers’ down-field pass efficiency took a hit against the Dolphins.

Seifert: “The Miami Dolphins whittled away Rivers' downfield efficiency. He entered the game with the NFL's third-best completion percentage (52.9) on throws of at least 15 yards downfield, but Sunday he completed just four of 10, including one that was intercepted.”

Will Brinson of CBS Sports gives the Chargers a C-minus against the Dolphins. Brinson: “Huge AFC Wild Card matchup here and the Bolts find themselves on the wrong end of things now. Ryan Mathews had a massive game but Philip Rivers was sacked three times and the Chargers couldn't close. The defense needed to step up.”

Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus notes the poor play from D.J. Fluker and Jeromey Clary in pass protection, and poor tackling by Donald Butler, Marcus Gilchrist and Shareece Wright in his look back at the Chargers-Dolphins matchup.

NFL.com’s Around the League reporters debate which team will take the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoffs. The Chargers get a few votes.

Len Pasquarelli writing for the National Football Post says this season’s group of first-year coaches -- which includes San Diego’s Mike McCoy -- have been mostly solid.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com provides five takeaways from San Diego’s loss at Miami.

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego talks with safety Eric Weddle, who continues to believe his team will turn things around.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego points to San Diego’s failed attempt to score from the goal line against Washington as the turning point of the Chargers’ season.

Darren Smith of The Mighty 1090 AM radio talks with former Chargers payer LaDainian Tomlinson about the game, and the future of Ryan Mathews and Antonio Gates in this audio link.