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Dolphins Drop 19-14 Decision To Bills

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Missed opportunities prove costly in the end.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Yet another case of too little too late hurt the Miami Dolphins in the end as they fell to the Buffalo Bills on the road, 19-14.

It took almost three quarters for rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the rest of the offense to find a rhythm, and by that time Miami was trailing by 12 points in the loud confines of Ralph Wilson Stadium. Tannehill’s 2-yard touchdown pass with 8:42 remaining capped off a 9-play, 81-yard scoring drive and set up a dramatic finish.

But two unlucky interceptions thrown by Tannehill, the last one by Buffalo’s Bryan Scott with a less than a minute to play, dropped the Dolphins to 4-6 on the season with their third straight loss.

“It didn’t seem like we could make a play early on and we didn’t have any consistency in the running game,” said Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin, who is in his first year on the job. “We told our guys in the locker room that a lot of people didn’t think we had a chance to win this game and it didn’t start out the way we wanted it to start out. We had our opportunities to pull it in the end but we didn’t do that and we have to find a way to get it done because we’re going to be in a lot of close games down the stretch.”

Miami’s offensive line had its hands full with the Bills most of the night and running backs Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas and Jorvorskie Lane had a tough time finding lanes. This has been something that has weighed on the minds of Jake Long, Mike Pouncey and the rest of the linemen for the last four or five games after a strong start to the season.

As the second half progressed, Thomas and Bush managed to rip off a few double-digit runs and Tannehill began to find Bess, Brian Hartline and Rishard Matthews down the field. The main point Long wanted to get across afterwards was that there is still plenty of fight left in the offense and the entire team.

“We’ve got to get it turned around. The time is now and we’ve got to do it but I don’t question the heart of this team,” he said. “I’m not worried that we’re going to quit. We come to work hard every single day and it just hasn’t gone our way the last few weeks but we’re going to keep working. It took too long to find our rhythm and we needed to get it going much earlier.”

Over on the defensive side of the ball, Miami did manage to keep Buffalo out of the end zone other than McKelvin’s punt return, forcing the Bills to rely on four Rian Lindell field goals. But there also were some missed interceptions and fumble recoveries and sacks that prevented a better outcome.

Linebacker Kevin Burnett, one of the veterans on that unit, was pretty much speechless after the game because he was frustrated.

“This was one where you’ve got to make a play when there’s no play to be made,” he said. “You’ve got to find a way to come up with a strip, find a way to come up with an interception and find a way to get the ball on the ground. The opportunities were there and we’re not far but in this game close doesn’t cut it.”

Now the Dolphins have 10 days to get over this loss and prepare for the Seattle Seahawks at Sun Life Stadium on November 25th.
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