The (5-10) Bills were eliminated from the playoffs last week, but the (7-8) Dolphins didn’t learn they were eliminated until a few minutes after their 24-10 win.
The Bills claimed they were playing for pride, but C.J. Spiller was the only player on offense who really showed it. He had 138 yards over 22 carries and a touchdown. His best play of the game was a 62-yard run on the Bills third possession of the game. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick started off well, but hadn’t passed more than 100 yards by the end of the third quarter. He ended the game 20 of 35 for 240 yards and a touchdown. The Bills were hurt by several missed chances. Stevie Johnson lost a fumble and dropped a pass in the end zone.
Buffalo’s most exciting play of the game came from Alex Carrington, who blocked his fourth field goal of the season.
Despite throwing for 13 of 25 and only 130 yards, Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins had a better day by focusing on the Bills woeful run defense. Their offense was led by Reggie Bush, whose three touchdowns were his first of the season. Bush scored on 17 and 12 yard tosses from Tannehill as well as a 1-yard run into the end zone.
On defense, Miami forced four turnovers. Safety Reshad Jones recovered two fumbles and made an interception with just seconds left in the game to clinch the win.
In their final games of the season, Miami squares off against the Patriots next week while the Bills face the Jets.