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Bills fall one play short, lose in Miami 21-17

Josh Allen has a good day in the win, going 18-of-33 for 231 yards and two touchdowns in the air

December 02, 2018 - 1:48 pm

Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills wound up falling just short against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, 21-17, seeing their record drop to 4-8 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. 

The Bills had a chance to win the game, moving down the field to get into striking distance of a go-ahead touchdown. On 4th and 11 at Miami's 30 yard line, Allen had to escape pressure from the Dolphins defensive line and wound up chucking a desperation heave from ten yards deep in his backfield. The ball made it in the vicinity of tight end Charles Clay. Clay could not get back to the ball in time and the pass went off the diving Clay's outstretched hands to end the game and seal the win for Miami. 

Allen was impressive in the second half of this game and finished the day 18-of-33 for 231 yards in the air, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Allen also led the Bills in rushing for the second straight week with 135 yards on nine carries.

LeSean McCoy had 15 carries for 52 yards on the ground, while Zay Jones had an impressive day leading the Bills receivers with four catches for 67 yards and two touchdowns. 

Miami's offense didn't get many yards throughout the afternoon, but hit the Bills where it mattered most with three touchdown passes from Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill was 16-of-24 for 137 yards on the day, three touchdowns and one interception.

Buffalo limited the Dolphins to only 60 yards rushing, with Kenyan Drake leading the way with 31 yards. DeVante Parker led Miami wideouts with four catches for 43 yards and one touchdown. 

The Bills will next play the New York Jets next Sunday afternoon at New Era Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on WGR Sports Radio 550 with John Murphy, Mark Kelso and Sal Capaccio on the call. 


First Quarter: 

  • 7-0 DOLPHINS - Dolphins touchdown - Ryan Tannehill tosses an 18-yard touchdown pass to Devante Parker, Jason Sanders' extra-point attempt is good.
    • Drive info: 10 plays, 75 yards, 5:18 

Second Quarter: 

  • 7-6 DOLPHINS - Bills touchdown - Josh Allen connects with Zay Jones for a 15-yard touchdown pass, Stephen Hauschka's extra-point attempt is wide left.
    • Drive info: 9 plays, 55 yards, 5:05
  • 7-6 DOLPHINS - Dolphins fumble recovery - Isaiah McKenzie muffed a Matt Haack punt, and the Dolphins recovered at the Bills' 36-yard line.
  • 14-6 DOLPHINS - Dolphins touchdown - Ryan Tannehill lobs a three-yard touchdown pass to Kenyon Drake, Jason Sanders' extra-point attempt is good
    • Drive info: 6 plays, 36 yards, 3:01
  • 14-6 DOLPHINS - Dolphins interception - Josh Allen is picked off by Xavien Howard in the endzone as time expired in the first half.

Third Quarter: 

  • 14-9 DOLPHINS - Bills field goal - Stephen Hauschka's 32-yard field attempt is good.
    • Drive info: 10 plays, 79 yards, 5:58
  • 14-9 DOLPHINS - Dolphins interception - Xavien Howard picks off Josh Allen at the Dolphins' 41-yard line, returned to the 44-yard line.
  • 14-9 DOLPHINS - Bills interception - Micah Hyde picks off Ryan Tannehill at the Buffalo 17-yard line.

Fourth Quarter: 

  • 17-14 BILLS - Bills touchdown - Josh Allen connects with Zay Jones for a 25-yard touchdown pass, Buffalo's two-point conversion attempt is successful.
    • Drive info: 6 plays, 83 yards, 3:24
  • 21-17 DOLPHINS - Dolphins touchdown - Ryan Tannehill finds Kenny Stills for a 13-yard touchdown pass, Jason Sanders' extra-point attempt is good
    • Drive info: 6 plays, 75 yards, 3:18
  • 21-17 DOLPHINS - Bills turnover on downs - Charles Clay can't come up with a Josh Allen pass at the goal line on fourth down




Buffalo Bills: 

Josh Allen: 18-of-33, 231 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT 

Miami Dolphins: 

Ryan Tannehill: 16-of-24, 137 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT 


Buffalo Bills: 

Josh Allen: 9 carries, 135 yards 

LeSean McCoy: 15 carries, 52 yards 

Marcus Murphy: 1 carry, 7 yards 

Chris Ivory: 6 carries, 4 yards 

Miami Dolphins: 

Kenyan Drake: 7 carries, 31 yards 

Frank Gore: 8 carries, 21 yards 

Brandon Bolden: 1 carry, 10 yards 

Kalen Ballage: 4 carries, 3 yards 

Ryan Tannehill: 3 carries, -5 yards 


Buffalo Bills: 

Zay Jones: 4 receptions, 67 yards, 2 TD 

Isaiah McKenzie: 4 receptions, 46 yards 

Pat DiMarco: 1 reception, 38 yards 

Robert Foster: 1 reception, 27 yards 

Kelvin Benjamin: 2 receptions, 20 yards 

Deonte Thompson: 1 reception, 12 yards 

LeSean McCoy: 4 receptions, 12 yards 

Charles Clay: 1 reception, 9 yards 

Miami Dolphins: 

DeVante Parker: 4 receptions, 43 yards, 1 TD 

Kenny Stills: 4 receptions, 37 yards, 1 TD 

Brice Butler: 4 receptions, 25 yards 

Kenyan Drake: 2 receptions, 13 yards, 1 TD 

Frank Gore: 1 reception, 10 yards 

Nick O'Leary: 1 reception, 9 yards 


Buffalo Bills: 

Matt Milano: 8 tackles 

Micah Hyde: 4 tackles, 1 INT 

Rafael Bush: 3 tackles, 1 sack 

Trent Murphy: 2 tackles, 1 sack 

Lorenzo Alexander: 1 tackle, 1 sack 

Miami Dolphins: 

Kiko Alonso: 11 tackles 

Xaiven Howard: 4 tackles, 2 INT 

Brice McCain: 4 tackles, 1 sack 

Robert Quinn: 2 tackles, 1 sack 

Team Stats 

Total Yards: 

Bills: 415 
Dolphins: 175 

Passing Yards: 

Bills: 217 
Dolphins: 115 

Rushing Yards: 

Bills: 198 
Dolphins: 60 

First Downs: 

Bills: 24 
Dolphins: 15 


Bills: 13 for 120 yards 
Dolphins: 8 for 89 yards 

Time of Possession: 

Bills: 32:57 
Dolphins: 27:03 

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