Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills – NFL Week 15 game thread: Bills win 32-29, clinch playoff berth
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WHEC) – The Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins get together for a chilly, snowy AFC East battle. Refresh our game thread throughout for updates and live tweets from Jackson Roberts and Mat Mlodzinski.
Bills force punt on first possession
A Dolphins drive that included one first down stopped short of any more. A false start on third down helpful the Bills defense off the field.
Shaq Lawson strip-sack keeps Dolphins to FG
Jason Sanders hit from 39-yards, giving Miami a 3-0 lead over the Bills.
A 14-play drive only ended in three points thanks to a strip-sack by Shaq Lawson. Miami recovered the fumble, but Lawson’s play forced the Dolphins into a field goal attempt instead of keeping the drive moving.
Allen-Knox big gain leads to Bills TD
1:54 was all the Bills needed to take over the lead, with Josh Allen finding Quintin Morris in the end zone to put the Bills ahead 7-3.
Allen threw a bullet to Dawson Knox that went for 45 yards, instantly putting the Bills in scoring position. Two passes later came the Morris TD.
End of 1st quarter: Bills – 7, Dolphins – 3
Dolphins tack on FG to start 2nd quarter
Raheem Mostert broke out a 68-yard run, as he continues to burn the Bills defense. Mostert is already over 100 rushing yards in the game.
The Bills defense stood tall, forcing the Fins into another field goal to keep the lead at 7-6.
Nyheim Hines waltzes into end zone, Bills take 14-6 lead
Nyheim Hines caught the ball and saw nothing but the end zone, giving the home team a 14-6 lead.
The Bills took 6:29 off the clock, going 75 yards in 12 plays. Allen did most of the damage through the air, going 6-for-7 for 67 passing yards on the drive.
The TD was the first for Hines in a Bills uniform.
Dolphins score TD, trail Bills 14-13
Salvon Ahmed broke a few tackles on his way to a TD, pulling the Dolphins to within a point following the extra point.
Tua Tagovailoa made a few nice passes, eclipsing 100 yards on the drive.
Allen throws last-second TD pass, Bills take 21-13 lead into half
With 8 seconds left in the first half, Josh Allen used up all of the time on the clock before finding James Cook in the back of the end zone for a Bills TD score.
Allen finishes the first half with 217 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, and 16 rushing yards.
Halftime: Bills – 21, Dolphins – 13
Jaylen Waddle runs past Bills defense for long TD catch
The Bills secondary lost Jaylen Waddle, who took a pass 67 yards for six points. The Dolphins went for a two-point conversion and came away unsuccessful.
Tyreek Hill frees up for TD catch, Dolphins take 26-21 lead
A 20 yard touchdown catch for Tyreek Hill gives Miami a 5-point lead with 2:30 to play in the third quarter.
It’s Hill’s sixth catch of the game, leading all receivers.
End of 3rd quarter: Dolphins – 26, Bills – 21
Allen fumbles, Dolphins take over around midfield
Josh Allen tried to scramble and fumbled the football, with Christian Wilkins recovering for Miami.
Sanders makes from 47 yards, Miami leads 29-21
On third down, Taron Johnson made a huge tackle to stop the Dolphins drive. Jason Sanders kicked through his third field goal of the game, extending the Dolphins lead to eight points over the Bills.
Allen finds Knox for TD, converts 2-point conversion
Allen and Knox hooked up for their 4th touchdown of the season, putting the Bills within two points of the Dolphins. Then, Allen flipped his way into the end zone for the 2-point conversion, tying the game at 29.
FINAL: Bills 32, Dolphins 29
The Bills win on a game-ending FG by Tyler Bass and clinch their 4th consecutive playoff berth.