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Dolphins Defeat Bills; Lose Playoff Spot

The Miami Dolphins came one step close to .500 today, but they won’t get any closer than that to a playoff berth.

While Miami did what they needed to do today to keep their playoff dreams alive, defeating the visiting Buffalo Bills, 24-10, at Sun Life Stadium, the Cincinnati Bengals also took care of business, downing the Pittsburgh Steelers to eliminate the Fins from playoff contention.

Although the Dolphins will be officially ending the season one week from now, they are going out with a bang. Just seven days after their impressive performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami followed that up with an even more impressive showing on Sunday against a division rival. And only 38 days after falling to the Bills in Buffalo, 19-4, Miami was able to reverse the tables on their foes and even up the season series at 1-1.

As you may recall, in the team’s first meeting, Miami couldn’t generate any offense, the rush defense gave up over 100 yards on the ground and the Fins committed three turnovers en route to the team’s 15-point loss. This time, however, the Dolphins forced four turnovers (three fumbles and one interception) while scoring at ease, and this time, it was Miami who was forcing their hand on the ground. Reggie Bush bore the load for the offense in this game, scoring three TDs – two of which were through the air – en route to the victory.

Ryan Tannehill once again also had an interception-free game while scoring two TDs. In addition to his 130 yards through the air, he scrambled for an additional 44. Back-up Lamar Miller led the way for the Fins’ ground game, carrying the ball 10 times at 7.3 yards per carry (73 yards for all you math majors out there), while Bush accounted for 107 all-purpose yards (65 on the ground, 42 in the air).

Buffalo actually out-gained Miami in total yardage (381-301), but it was the turnovers that killed the Bills’ chances of the late-season win. All three of their fumbles resulted in points on the scoreboard for the Dolphins (two touchdowns and a field goal), while Reshad Jones intercepted a pass with the Bills threatening to score at the Miami 1-yard line inside the 2:00 mark that kept Buffalo from any possible late-game heroics.

Miami also ended the season with a 5-3 record at Sun life Stadium, which is their first winning record on their home turf since 2008.