Buffalo 19, Miami 14

Thursday, November 15, 2012 8:20 PM
WHEN: 8:20 PM EST, Thursday, November 15, 2012
WHERE: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York
TEMPERATURE: 34°
HEAD OFFICIAL: Jeff Triplette
ATTENDANCE: 69118

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Miami 7 0 0 7 14
Buffalo 13 6 0 0 19

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Miami 4-6 2-2 2-4 L3
Buffalo 4-6 2-2 2-4 W1

Recap


Bills 19, Dolphins 14: Leodis McKelvin returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown and Rian Lindell kicked four field goals as host Buffalo ended its three-game losing streak.

After Miami (4-6) went three-and-out on the game's opening drive, McKelvin fielded a punt by Brandon Fields and raced untouched down the left sideline for a 7-0 lead. It was the second punt return for a score this season by McKelvin, who had an 88-yard TD return in Week 2 against Kansas city.

Lindell added kicks from 32, 34, 42 and 19 yards for the Bills (4-6), who had lost 11 consecutive prime-time games.

Following Lindell's 32-yarder with 5:07 remaining in the first quarter that made it 10-0, Marcus Thigpen returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for Miami's first touchdown. Thigpen, who scored on a punt return in the season opener against Houston, became the first player in franchise history to run back both a punt and kickoff for TDs in the same season.

The Dolphins got within 19-14 with 8:42 left in the fourth as Ryan Tannehill's 2-yard pass to Davone Bess near the right pylon was ruled a touchdown following a challenge review after initially being called incomplete. But the rookie quarterback threw interceptions on Miami's next two drives, including one to Bryan Scott with 41 seconds to play, to end the comeback hopes.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Buffalo RB Fred Jackson was inactive after suffering a concussion in Sunday's loss to New England. ... Tannehill's scoring pass to Bess was Miami's first offensive touchdown in 28 drives. ... Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 17 of 27 passes for 168 yards, while RB C.J. Spiller gained 91 yards on 22 carries. ... Tannehill was 14-of-28 for 141 yards.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Miami   Buffalo
Daniel Thomas Player C.J. Spiller
12 Attempts 22
33 Yards 91
2.8 Avg Yards 4.1
0 Touchdowns 0
8 Long 20
Receiving
Miami   Buffalo
Davone Bess Player Stevie Johnson
6 Receptions 6
50 Yards 79
8.3 Avg Yards 13.2
1 Touchdowns 0
18 Long 16

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Miami 184 60 124 2 0 0 3.0 2
Buffalo 281 120 161 1 4 2 3.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Buffalo will play their next game on the road against Indianapolis. The Bills have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .400 after a loss.
  • Miami will play their next game at home against Seattle. The Dolphins have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .400 after a loss.