Bills down Dolphins 42-17

Final game for Kyle Williams

December 30, 2018 - 4:46 pm
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Orchard Park, NY (WBEN) Sunday’s season finale between the Bills and Dolphins turned into an entertaining affair as the Bills topped their longtime division rival, 42-17.

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Rookie quarterback, Josh Allen took center stage for the offense again as he rushed for 95 yards and a pair of scores and also passed for three touchdowns while completing 17 of 26 for 224 yards. A negative on his performance was a pick six he threw late in the first half which allowed Miami to tie the game at 14 apiece.

While Allen was the story on offense, Kyle Williams was the story on defense as the 15-year veteran announced that this contest would be his last, opting to retire following this season. Williams also got involved in the offense as he lined up at full back once in the first quarter, helping to push Allen in to the end zone for Buffalo first score. He also caught a nine yard pass late in the game, bringing the crowd at New Era Field to their feet.

A melee also erupted between the teams in the third quarter of play as former Bill, Kiko Alonso came flying into Allen head first and late. Alonso and defensive end Robert Quinn were ejected for Miami, while the Bills lost Jordan Mills. 

Allen led the team in rushing again while Zay Jones pulled in six balls for 93 yards and a pair of scores. Robert foster also had a touchdown catch while LeSean McCoy also found the end zone.

The 35-year-old Kyle Williams has been the team's unquestioned leader and was honored before the game by being the last player out of the tunnel and then was greeted on the field by his wife, Jill, and their five children. Williams announced on Friday that he was retiring.

Williams got to enjoy his final game by contributing on both offense and defense. On first-and-10 from Miami's 40, Williams caught a 9-yard pass with under five minutes left. The crowd cheered and began chanting "Kyle Williams!" after he made the catch and was pushed out bounds. With 2 minutes left, the crowd stood and began chanting: "Thank you, Kyle!"

The only thing missing was a sack from Williams, who closed the season with five and his career with 48½ — the most by a Bills defensive tackle.

The Bills finish the season 6-10.

EJECTIONS

Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso and defensive end Robert Quinn and Bills offensive tackle Jordan Mills were ejected following a late hit on Allen during the third quarter.

Allen was already sliding when Alonso dived in front of him and kicked the quarterback in the helmet. A scuffle broke out amid a group of players, and Quinn came running in at full speed from about 20 yards out and dived atop the pile. Alonso was ejected for kicking Allen, while Quinn and Mills were ejected for personal foul penalties.

RUNNING QBS

Allen's eight rushing touchdowns this season were the second-most by a quarterback in the Super Bowl era. Cam Newton had 14 in 2011. Robert Griffin III, in 2012, and Vince Young, in 2006, each scored seven.

With a 35-yard scamper up the left sideline in the third quarter, Allen topped the single-season team record for yards rushing by a quarterback. Tyrod Taylor had 580 yards two years ago. Allen finished with 630 in just 11 games.

'ZO's FUTURE?

Though Williams is retiring, another Bills veteran leader, linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, said on Friday he is interested in re-signing with the team after his contract expires. General manager Brandon Beane is more than open to bringing back the 35-year-old Alexander for a fourth season.

"If his heart is set on playing another year, we'd love to get him back, and we'll work to do that," Beane said.

INJURIES

Dolphins: CB Torry McTyer did not return and was being evaluated for a concussion after being bowled over by Buffalo's Logan Thomas. McTyer was looking up the field and didn't see Thomas coming in from his right. McTyer started in place of Xavien Howard, who missed his fourth straight game with a knee injury.

Bills: CB Tre'Davious White did not return after sustaining a head injury in the final minutes of the first half. White was knocked over by Kenyan Drake while lowering his head as he tried to make an open-field tackle.

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