Buffalo (9-7) will travel to face Jacksonville next Sunday. The Jaguars are coached by Doug Marrone, who resigned as the Bills’ coach three years ago.
The Bills’ joy was tempered by the loss of the 1,000-yard rusher LeSean McCoy that has a right ankle injury. He was carted off the field inside the third quarter as well as was in a walking boot after the game.
“Hopefully the item’s not as bad as the item seemed,” quarterback Tyrod Taylor said.
The frustration of a disappointing season got the best of the Dolphins (6-10) with 6 minutes 21 seconds left, when receiver Jarvis Landry, running back Kenyan Drake as well as offensive lineman Jake Brendel were ejected after a fight. Landry was cited for disrespecting an official, as well as Drake for throwing his helmet 20 yards in anger. Unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties were called against both teams.
The fight followed a 1-yard touchdown reception by Landry. On the play before in which, a 98-yard fumble return for a touchdown by the Bills’ Preston Brown was negated by a replay review, as well as the Dolphins kept possession.
The undisciplined Dolphins, who came into the game with the second-most penalties inside the N.F.L., had 14 penalties for 145 yards.
For the Bills, however, nearly two decades of frustration ended.
“The locker room is actually electric, man,” said guard Richie Incognito, who finished a season above .500 for the very first time in his 11-year career. “We have been working so hard because of This specific. So much has been said about the item. as well as right now the monkey is actually off our back. We’re inside the postseason, as well as we’ve got completely new life.”
Buffalo punctuated the memorable victory that has a 1-yard touchdown run by Williams for the first score of his career.
“I thought, ‘Try not to screw the item up,’” he said. “‘They’re not going to call the item again if I screw the item up.’”
He as well as his teammates celebrated with choreographed back flops inside the end zone.
The golf great Jack Nicklaus smiled via the stands as his grandson, tight end Nick O’Leary, caught Taylor’s 26-yard touchdown pass.
The Dolphins scored a touchdown with 1:56 left as well as recovered the ensuing onside kick, nevertheless Jordan Poyer’s interception sealed the win.
Taylor went 19 for 27 for 204 yards as well as one score. In six games against Miami, he has 10 touchdown passes as well as no interceptions.
For the Dolphins, the season finale had the feel of an exhibition game, with thousands of empty seats as well as David Fales giving a lengthy, unimpressive audition as a potential backup quarterback in 2018. Miami was eliminated a week ago as well as will sit out the playoffs for the eighth time inside the past nine years.
“I guess the item’s a little perplexing,” defensive end Cameron Wake said.
Miami’s starting quarterback, Jay Cutler, took three snaps before he was replaced by Fales, a sixth-round draft pick by Chicago in 2014. Fales, who came into the game with only two career completions, went 29 of 42 for 265 yards with one score as well as one interception.
Cutler, 34, who ended a brief retirement to join the Dolphins This specific season, has said he has not decided whether he wants to play in 2018. Ryan Tannehill is actually likely to start next season in a comeback via knee surgery.
Miami lost to Buffalo for the seventh time in their past 10 meetings.
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