Two teams battled in the freezing cold of Buffalo with AFC Wildcard Playoff hopes in the balance, and in the end the Bills outlasted the Dolphins 24-16 to secure their eighth win and all but eliminate Miami from contention.
Bills RB LeSean McCoy ran for a touchdown and then caught for another one below, as Buffalo built a 21-6 lead in the first half.
— NFL (@NFL) December 17, 2017
Buffalo’s Tyrod Taylor threw for 224 yards and that TD, and also ran one in from nine yards out, as Buffalo looked to be in command.
However, the Dolphins fought hard to create a rally in the second half.
With the game time temp at 22 degrees and dropping in the second half, the Dolphins could have “knuckled under,” but did not.
Sparked by a Jakeem Grant 26 yard punt return, plus a 15 yard “horse tackle” penalty on the Bills, the Fins scored on a Kenyan Drake one yard run to cut the lead to 24-13 with just over 7:00 to play.
Jay Cutler led Miami into the redzone in the final minute, but facing fourth down, coach Adam Gase went with Cody Parkey to kick a field goal to close the lead to 24-16. It was Parkey’s third of the day.
Miami did get the onside kick giving them hope briefly, with :37 left to try to score, and get the tying two point conversion.
However, Cutler threw his third interception of the day throwing deep right for Devante Parker, and the Bills sealed the win.
With the win, the Bills, who have the longest playoff drought in the “Big Four” professional sports at 18 years, remain in the hunt for an AFC Wildcard at 8-6.
The loss all but ends Miami’s playoff hopes at 6-8 and depending on other wins and losses this weekend, it might become official.
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