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Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown (15) scores the go-ahead touchdown in the Buffalo Bills vs Miami Dolphins game on October 20, 2019 at New Era Field. Photo by Sara Schmidle
Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown (15) scores the go-ahead touchdown in the Buffalo Bills vs Miami Dolphins game on October 20, 2019 at New Era Field. Photo by Sara Schmidle

Location: New Era Field, Orchard Park, NY

Result: Buffalo 31, Miami 21

Regular season records: Buffalo (5-1), Miami (0-6)

In a nutshell:

The Buffalo Bills returned from the bye week with a win. Buffalo took over in the fourth quarter defeating the Dolphins 31-21. Miami remains winless and Buffalo remains in the hunt as one of the top teams in the AFC.

Early in the game, the Bills sustained long drives but only converted three field goals to start the game.

Meanwhile the Dolphins offense found ways into the end zone. Miami scored twice during the second quarter. Kelan Ballage had a three-yard run and Ryan Fitzpatrick found Devante Parker from 12 yards out for a touchdown. The Dolphins led 14-9 at half and received the ball to start the third.

Things looked bleak for the Bills. Miami’s opening drive went for 16 plays, 71 yards and consumed 10 minutes of the clock. Miami even converted a fourth down on a fake field goal attempt. Then, Tre’Davious White became Buffalo’s savior.

White picked off Fitzpatrick at the Buffalo two-yard line, sparking a 12-play 98-yard drive by the offense for the Bills’ first offensive touchdown of the game.

Miami was within three points of the Bills with 7:57 left in the fourth. However, White forced a fumble that was scooped up by Jerry Hughes and returned to the Miami 16. Three plays later, Buffalo was back in the end zone on a three-yard completion to Cole Beasley.

Miami had a chance to get back within three with a touchdown. Fitzpatrick crossed the goal line on an 11-yard scramble and the extra point was good to make it a three point game. Miami, without any timeouts, needed an onside kick to get the ball back. On the kick, Micah Hyde jumped and returned it 45 yards for the touchdown, sealing Buffalo’s win.

What it means:

Buffalo at 5-1 remains in second place in the AFC East. They are the lone one-loss team in the entire AFC and have the second-best record in the conference. Buffalo is 5-1 for the first time since 2008.

How it went down:

Josh Allen completed a pass to Patrick DiMarco for 27 yards and two defensive penalties led to Buffalo scoring on its opening drive. Stephen Hauschka connected on a 39-yard field goal (3-0).

Frank Gore rushed for 10 yards to open the drive. Allen scrambled for an additional 15 and hit Dawson Knox down the seam for a gain of 20 yards. Hauschka connected on a 43-yard field goal (6-0).

Ryan Fitzpatrick connected with Preston Williams for 35 yards. Mark Walton ran for 20. Kalen Ballage ran three yards for the touchdown. Jason Sanders made the extra point (6-7)

Devin Singletary ran for nine yards and Allen found John Brown for 23. Hauschka’s third field goal of the game was good from 45 yards (9-6).

Fitzpatrick completed passes to Williams for 13 yards, Albert Wilson for 21 and a roughing the passer penalty advanced the ball another 15. Fitzpatrick to Devante Parker for eight yards and the touchdown. Sanders extra point was good (9-14).

Gore went up the middle for 15 yards, Duke Williams corralled a 23-yard over the shoulder catch and Cole Beasley gained eight yards on a third-and-seven. Allen hit Brown for 20 yards for the touchdown. Allen converted the two-point conversion (17-14).

Buffalo took over on Miami’s 16 after a Tre’Davious White forced fumble and Jerry Hughes return. Allen hit Isaiah McKenzie for 10 yards. Allen hit Cole Beasley for three yards and the touchdown. Hauschka’s extra point was good (24-14).

Fitzpatrick connected with Allen Hurns for 17 yards to get Miami to the Buffalo 11. Fitzpatrick scrambled 11 yards for the touchdown. Stephens extra point was good (24-12).

Micah Hyde returns onside kick attempt 45 yards for a score. Hauschka’s extra point was good (31-21).

Subplots:

Buffalo inactives: WR Robert Foster, RB T.J. Yeldon, LB Corey Thompson, LB Matt Milano, OL Ike Boettger, OL Ryan Bates, TE Tommy Sweeney

Miami inactives: S Reshad Jones, CB Xavien Howard, RB Myles Gaskin, C Daniel Kilgore, C/G Keaton Sutherland, T Andrew Donnal, DE Avery Moss

Ed Oliver recorded his first career sack on Miami’s first play of the game. He brought down Albert Wilson for a loss of 10 yards.

With his second field goal of the day, Stephen Hauschka surpassed Nick Folk to enter in to the top 50 scorers in league history.

John Brown became the first Bill since Lee Evans in 2008 to open the season with six consecutive 50-yard performances.

Tickets distributed 68,340

Up next: The Bills host the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday with kickoff at 1 p.m.

Scroll through to see photos of all the action as the Bills take on the Dolphins during Week 7 of the 2019 football season.

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