Final Score: Buffalo 19 – Miami 0
Location: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, NY
Records: Buffalo (6-9), Miami (8-7)
In a Nutshell:
--It was a dominant defensive effort by the Bills, who did not give up a third down conversion until the latter stages of the first half. Miami’s offense had just one of their 12 possessions last more than five plays as the Dolphins went 2-for-14 on third downs.
--The Bills logged a season-high seven sacks in the game and temporarily knocked Miami QB Ryan Tannehill out of the game with a knee injury.
--Buffalo built on their 10-point halftime lead with three second-half field goal drives.
-- Their shutout of the Dolphins marked the first Bills whitewash since the 2011 season when they shut out Washington 23-0 on Oct. 30th.
--The Bills completed the season sweep of the Dolphins for the first time since 2007.
--Buffalo got on the board first thanks to a 68-yard scoring drive, with
--The Bills made it an early 10-point lead when Fred Jackson plunged in for a nine-yard touchdown on a first-and-goal play.
--Buffalo’s pass rush was fierce throughout the game. After logging four first-half sacks the Bills defense registered three more to total seven against Miami.
--Fred Jackson averaged better almost six yards a carry and went over 100 rushing yards on the day. He also ran in his eighth touchdown of the season.
--Dan Carpenter contributed 13 points in the victory.
--The Bills defense dominated the first half, holding the Dolphins to 56 total yards on 30 plays, including nine rushing yards on nine carries.
--Ryan Tannehill was sacked four times all on third downs, which helped explain why Miami converted just one of their eight third down opportunities.
--Fred Jackson went over 5,000 rushing yards in a Bills uniform becoming just the third player in team history to accumulate 5,000 or more rushing yards. Hall of Famers O.J. Simpson and Thurman Thomas are the others.--With his first reception for 15 yards,
--The Bills broke the single-season sack record in the first half. The 1964 AFL title team had 50. The 2013 Bills now have 56.
--With his 10th sack of the season
--Robert Woods was thrown out of the game for throwing a punch at Miami CB Brent Grimes after the two tumbled into the pile at the tail end of a 2nd-and-10 play in the third quarter.
--Scott Chandler became the second Bills tight end to reach 50 receptions in a season joining Jay Riemersma (53 in 2001).
Doug Marrone comments:
-- “Defensively, I think they were outstanding. Two of 14 on third downs, held them to a total of 103 yards. Those guys really came and they really played. It was an honor to be on that sideline and watch those guys perform.”
--“It’s that same story, I said it before to the team, we protect the quarterback well at home, we run the ball, we’ve done some better things at home than we have on the road. I thought the offense went out and did that. They did exactly what they needed to do.”
--“I’m very proud of this team. They’ve worked hard all week again. We talked to them about winning two wins in a row, which we haven’t done, I’m excited about that. We have to finish strong. It’s important for us that we make sure that we wanted a winning record within our division. Those are the things that we talked about during the week.”Up Next:
The Bills travel to New England next Sunday to face the Patriots in the season finale for a 1 pm kickoff.