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Rapid Recap: Dolphins In Wild Card Driver Seat After Thriller in Buffalo

Ari Russell

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(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

What a wild game in Buffalo on Christmas Eve. You couldn’t ask for a more exciting game with big time playoff implications on the line. The Dolphins moved up to a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter and looked like it was going to be an easy victory.

Tyrod Taylor would connect with Sammy Watkins for 38 yards to cut the score 14-7. That would be the score at the half. In the third quarter the Dolphins would come out firing. As Matt Moore would connect with DeVonte Parker for 56 yards and the score is now 21-7.

Again the Bills would respond with a LeSean McCoy 19 yard run 21-14. On the next possession, Matt Moore would find Kenny Stills on a six yard pass, 28-14. Then Taylor would drive the Bills on the next possession with a TD pass to make the game 28-21.

In the 4th quarter the Bills would step their game up, after a field goal made it 28-24, Tyrod Taylor would once again drive the Bills down the field and connect on his third TD pass of the day and all of a sudden, the Bills had the 31-28 lead with 1:20. The Fins would tie it with :06 seconds left on a dramatic 55 yard Andrew Franks FG to send the game to OT.

In overtime, both teams would go back and forth. The Bills would miss a go ahead field goal. Then with 4 minutes left, Jay Ajayi would bust off a 57 yard run to put the Fins at the Bills 17 yard line. What a game for Ajayi, 32 carries, 206 yards a TD. Big time player stepped up in a big time game. Andrew Franks would hit a 21 yard field goal to give the Dolphins a 34-31 win. The Dolphins win a thriller to remain in the drivers seat for the Wild Card spot in the AFC.  The Bills are eliminated from playoff contention with the loss.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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