After digging themselves an early hole in the first quarter, the Miami Dolphins were on the verge of completing a crucial comeback win today at home against the Buffalo Bills. But former Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter’s 31-yard field goal with 33 seconds remaining gave Buffalo a narrow 23-21 win at Sun Life Stadium.
“I have to do a better job of getting the team ready to play. We did not come out playing very well,” Head Coach Joe Philbin said. “We decided to take the football and on third down we throw a pick-six. We had a penalty that was critical in the first quarter – I think they had a 44-yard drive off of that. We have to do a better job. I have to get the team ready to play better earlier, no question.”
Miami travels to New England next Sunday to face the Patriots.
Miami had stormed back from a 14-0 deficit to take a 21-17 lead in the third quarter on the strength of three
Tannehill dropped back to pass on 2nd-and-8 and had the ball stripped out of his hands by Bills defensive end Mario Williams. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams recovered the loose ball at the Miami 34 and Buffalo ate up the clock while moving into the red zone to set Carpenter up for the game-winning kick.
“It’s tough. We had our chances,” Tannehill said. “Obviously, we start the game with a pick-6. That’s not the way anyone envisioned starting, then another pick in the red zone. There’s two bad plays right there that kind of dug the hole early, obviously. We did a good job battling back, but we didn’t make the plays at the end when we needed to.”
The home fans saw a glimmer of hope when
Tannehill ended the day completing 19-of-37 passes for 194 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, with
Meanwhile, Miami’s defense sacked Bills quarterback Thad Lewis four times and picked off once, with safety
“Anytime you lose it’s disappointing, especially within the division, but the biggest thing for us is we’ve got to move past it,” Wheeler said. “That’s all we can do. We can’t do anything about it now but fix the mistakes and that’s what it’s always about in football. Even if you win this game it’s still about the next game, especially when it’s New England and it’s an away game.”
Tomorrow begins the corrections and the preparation for that next game within the AFC East.