Tough Loss In Buffalo For The Dolphins

Posted Dec 22, 2013

Bills pull out 19-0 win at home for season sweep of Miami.

An emotionally charged Buffalo Bills team put a damper on the Miami Dolphins’ playoff push this afternoon with a 19-0 victory in the freezing rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The Dolphins’ postseason hopes are still alive after the Baltimore Ravens lost to the New England Patriots and the San Diego Chargers beat the Oakland Raiders. Miami closes out the regular season next Sunday at Sun Life Stadium against the New York Jets looking at 8-7 to finish with a winning record. CLICK HERE FOR MIAMI'S PLAYOFF POSSIBILITIES.

Buffalo’s fearsome pass rush proved to be the difference again as Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill was sacked seven times and knocked out of the game for a series in the fourth quarter with a leg injury. He managed to come back in the game but could not deliver a comeback, finishing the day completing just 10-of-27 passes for 82 yards, as the Dolphins were shutout for the first time since losing at New England, 28-0, last December 30th.

“They totally outplayed us and I wish I had a better answer,” said Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin, whose team also lost to Buffalo back on October 20th at Sun Life Stadium, 23-21. “If I had a better answer we would have stopped it, but they clearly outplayed us at the line of scrimmage and that’s where it starts. They played well. Give credit to them, they played well.”

Backup quarterback Matt Moore temporarily ignited Miami with a 50-yard bomb to wide receiver Brian Hartline on a 3rd-and-18 from his own end zone, but he was intercepted on the next play by Bills safety Jim Leonhard. That led to Dan Carpenter’s third of four field goals to make it a two-touchdown lead at 16-0 and he finished off the scoring with a 26-yard field goal with 2:18 remaining.

Buffalo’s ground game also did in the Dolphins by gashing the front seven for 203 rushing yards on a bruising 51 carries, with Fred Jackson leading the way with 111 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. C.J. Spiller added 77 yards on 20 carries and athletic quarterback Thad Lewis added 13 yards on eight carries. He also completed 15-of-25 passes for 193 yards and one interception.

Dolphins punter Brandon Fields had to punt the ball 10 times and delivered a 74-yarder and a 67-yarder, with six of his kicks downed inside the Buffalo 20.

Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams got to Tannehill twice and so did cornerback Nick Robey on corner blitzes that was consistently effective. That left Tannehill shaking his head after the game, looking at season sack total of 58 with one game to play.

“They did a couple of different things. It wasn’t always the same thing,” Tannehill said. “Sometimes they made a good play and a couple of other times I know we had miscommunications and guys weren’t set up on the right guys, so it wasn’t one thing or one area, it was a combination of things. Obviously, we didn’t play well offensively, they played well defensively and we didn’t respond well. Every aspect of the game we failed to step up to the plate.”

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