Buffalo Bills Stayin' Alive

24-16 Win Over Miami Keeps Buffalo In Playoff Contention

Neil McManus
December 17, 2017 - 4:26 pm
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Orchard Park, NY (WBEN) The Buffalo Bills relied on the play of LeSean McCoy and benefitted from some shaky play by Miami’s Jay Cutler to get a much needed 24-13 win over the Dolphins Sunday at New Era Field to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The Bills took the opening drive 81 yards under the leadership of quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, who returned to the lineup after missing last week’s snow game with a knee injury. The drive was capped by a four yard scoring run by McCoy.

PHOTOS: Bills down Dolphins 24-16 at New Era Field

McCoy moved into an elite club later in the game when he eclipsed the 10-thousand yard career rushing mark but the celebration was tempered as he came up injured on the play. Luckily for the Bills, McCoy returned a short time later and then caught a Taylor pass for his second score of the game. McCoy finished the day with a combined 96 yards and the two scores.

Taylor also got onto the score sheet for a second time with a nine yard scoring run late in the first half to give the Bills a commanding 21-6 lead at the break.

Play became very heated in the second half as the Dolphins tried to mount a comeback but quarterback Jay Cutler bestowed a total of three interceptions on the Bills defense, the last to rookie Tre’Davious White after Miami recovered an on-side kick in the waning seconds of the game.

The Bills are now 8-6 and remain in contention for the final wildcard spot in the playoffs. The team will play their final two games on the road, next week in Foxboro to take on the Patriots and then a rematch with the Dolphins in Miami.

Buffalo also finished 6-2 at home to match its best finish at Orchard Park since 1999.

The loss all but mathematically eliminated the Dolphins (6-8) from playoff contention, and after they ended a seven-year drought last season.

TAYLOR TOUCHDOWNS

Taylor scored a touchdown rushing and passing in the same game for the 10th time since taking over Buffalo's starting job in 2015. He joins Carolina's Cam Newton and Washington's Kirk Cousins as the only other players to do that 10 times since 2015.

THIRD-DOWN

After the Dolphins limited their past two opponents to converting just one of 24 third-down chances, the Bills converted their first two as part of a 10-play, 81-yard scoring drive capped by McCoy's four-yard run. Buffalo converted seven of 15 third-down chances.

DOLPHINS IN DECEMBER

Miami dropped to 9-4 in games played at Orchard Park, New York, in December or later.

INJURIES

Dolphins: CB T.J. McDonald left in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury.

Bills: CB E.J. Gaines was carted off in the fourth quarter with a knee injury.

INACTIVES:

Dolphins: Running back Damien Williams missed his third consecutive game with a shoulder injury, while starting cornerback Cordrea Tankersley missed his second consecutive game with injuries to his shoulder and ankle.

Bills: Receiver Kelvin Benjamin played despite aggravating a right knee injury last week that limited him in practice.

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