NFL Game Recap - Miami at Buffalo
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

KC
30
DEN
6
F
SF
9
WAS
0
F
ARI
27
NYG
21
F
HOU
23
IND
30
F
OAK
24
GB
42
F
MIN
42
DET
30
F
JAX
27
CIN
17
F
MIA
21
BUF
31
F
LAR
37
ATL
10
F
LAC
20
TEN
23
F
BAL
30
SEA
16
F
NO
36
CHI
25
F
PHI
10
DAL
37
F
NE
33
NYJ
0
F

Buffalo 31, Miami 21

Oct 20, 2019, 1:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Miami (0-6)

0

14

0

7

21

Buffalo (5-1)

6

3

0

22

31

Bills D delivers in 31-21 victory over winless Dolphins
Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:06 PM

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Jordan Phillips was the first to admit the Buffalo Bills didn't resemble one of the NFL's best defenses through 2 1/2 quarters against the winless Miami Dolphins.

That changed when the defensive tackle dug in, burst through the Dolphins line and tackled Ryan Fitzpatrick for a 10-yard loss on first-and-goal from the Buffalo 2. One play later, Tre'Davious White made a diving interception at the 2 to spark a second-half comeback in which the Bills rallied from a five-point deficit for a 31-21 win on Sunday.

"We are the best defense in the league and we didn't play like it," Phillips said. "We decided to come back in the second half and do what we do, and that's what we did."

Though it took nearly three quarters, White put an end to any thoughts of the Dolphins pulling off a Fitz-Magical feat in what would have been a monumental upset for the 17-point underdogs.

White's two second-half takeaways, including a forced fumble in which he punched the ball out of rookie receiver Preston Williams' arms at the Miami 28, led directly to the Bills' slow-starting offense scoring two touchdowns and improve to 5-1 - their best start in 11 years.

White credited Phillips for making the tackle. Not only did it get the crowd going in the midst of a Dolphins' 16-play third quarter-opening drive, it also allowed White to get back on the field in an obvious pass situation.

"I ran rom the sideline and I jumped up with him," White said. "For him to make that play and then we come back the next play and get a takeaway, that's huge."

After settling for field goals on Buffalo's first three possessions, Josh Allen led a pair of touchdown drives, capped by 20-yard and 3-yard passes to John Brown and Cole Beasley.

And it took safety Micah Hyde to seal the win with 1:38 remaining by returning an onside kick 45 yards for a touchdown, one play after Fitzpatrick scored on an 11-yard run.

"It took a while into the second half for us to make some plays, but fortunately enough we did," Hyde said. "I'll take an ugly win over an ugly loss."

The Dolphins' so-called FitzMagic finally ran out in a game the 15-year journeyman put a real scare into one of his seven former teams.

Fitzpatrick put the Dolphins ahead 14-9 by leading consecutive 75-yard touchdown drives. Kalen Ballage put Miami up 7-6 by scoring on a 3-yard run, and Fitzpatrick hit DeVante Parker for a 12-yard touchdown catch with 5:51 remaining in the half.

He didn't let up in cutting the Bills lead to 24-21 with his touchdown scamper.

By the time it was over, the 36-year-old oversaw an offense that ended Buffalo's six-game streak of not giving up more than 17 points. And he finished 23 of 35 for 282 yards to become the first Bills opponent to top 250 yards passing in 14 games.

Though Miami (0-6) is off to its worst start since losing its first seven in 2011, Fitzpatrick's performance was an indication the Dolphins might not be as bad as they looked in being outscored 180-42 over their first five games.

"We've gotten significantly better from Day One to now, and we just have to continue in that trend," Fitzpatrick said. "We haven't won a game. Everybody knows that. But at the same time, we're making strides."

Fitzpatrick reclaimed the starting job from Josh Rosen a week after leading two fourth-quarter touchdowns drives and coming a 2-point conversion short in a 17-16 loss to Washington.

First-year Dolphins coach Brian Flores credited Fitzpatrick for playing well, and said he's earned the opportunity to start next week.

Allen finished 16 of 26 for 202 yards and produced his third fourth-quarter comeback this season, and fifth overall. His touchdown pass to Brown capped a 12-play, 98-yard drive that followed White's interception.

Coach Sean McDermott credited his players for having mental toughness for pulling out the win.

"You could see the look in their eyes at halftime that they were disappointed in themselves and what had unfolded," McDermott said. "And they were convinced they had to do something about it."

EARLY EXIT

Dolphins defensive tackle Christian Wilkins was ejected for throwing a punch at Buffalo Bills tackle Cody Ford on the second snap from scrimmage.

"I was just really, extremely selfish," Wilkins said. "That's not something I'm proud of, that's not something I intended on doing coming into this game. I just really let myself down and the team down more importantly."

FAKE FIELD GOAL

White's interception came two plays after Miami successfully ran a fake field goal on fourth-and-1 from the Buffalo 4. Holder Matt Haack caught the snap and then scampered for a 2-yard gain.

INJURIES

Dolphins: OT J'Marcus Webb sustained a leg injury in the fourth quarter. G Shaq Calhoun left the game with an illness.

Bills: WR Duke Williams did not return after hurting his right shoulder. CB Kevin Johnson did not return because of a head injury.

UP NEXT

Dolphins: Prime-time game at Pittsburgh Oct. 28.

Bills: Host Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 27.

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Passing

MIA Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
R. Fitzpatrick 35 23 65.7 1 282 35 1 88.0 0
BUF Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
J. Allen 26 16 61.5 2 202 27 0 111.4 2

Rushing

MIA Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Walton 14 66 4.7 19 0
K. Drake 6 21 3.5 11 0
BUF Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
F. Gore 11 55 5.0 15 0
J. Allen 4 32 8.0 15 0

Receiving

MIA Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
P. Williams 6 82 13.7 35 0
D. Parker 5 55 11.0 14 1
BUF Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Brown 5 83 16.6 24 1
P. DiMarco 1 27 27.0 27 0

Team Stats Comparison

MIA BUF
Points For 21 31
Total Yards 381 305
Rushing Yards 109 117
Passing Yards 272 188
Passing Completions / Attempts 23/35 16/26
Turnovers 2 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 3/1 0/0
First Downs 24 17
Rushing Touchdowns 2 0
Passing Touchdowns 1 2
Penalties - Yards 6/55 9/83
Time Of Possession 33:31 26:29
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/13 3/10
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/2 0/0
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 3/4 1/2
Sacks Against 1 2
Punts - Average Yards 4/49 3/42
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 1/19 3/7
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 1/12 1/45

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter MIA BUF
BUF 4:06 FG Stephen Hauschka 39 yd FG 0 3
BUF 11:12 FG Stephen Hauschka 43 yd FG 0 6
2nd Quarter MIA BUF
MIA 0:11 TD Kalen Ballage 3 yd run (Jason Sanders kick) 7 6
BUF 4:54 FG Stephen Hauschka 45 yd FG 7 9
MIA 9:09 TD DeVante Parker 12 yd pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jason Sanders kick) 14 9
3rd Quarter MIA BUF
No scores this quarter
4th Quarter MIA BUF
BUF 1:10 TD John Brown 20 yd pass from Josh Allen (Josh Allen 2pt Rush) 14 17
BUF 8:29 TD Cole Beasley 3 yd pass from Josh Allen (Stephen Hauschka kick) 14 24
MIA 13:15 TD Ryan Fitzpatrick 11 yd run (Jason Sanders kick) 21 24
BUF 13:22 TD Micah Hyde 45 yd kick return (Stephen Hauschka kick) 21 31

Game Information

Stadium: New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York
Attendance: 68,340
Game Time: 3:00
Weather: