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Bills fall just short of fourth quarter comeback, lose 21-19 to Dolphins

Buffalo Bills vs Miami Dolphins, Week 3, September 25, 2022 at Hard Rock Stadium. Photo by Bill Wippert
Buffalo Bills vs Miami Dolphins, Week 3, September 25, 2022 at Hard Rock Stadium. Photo by Bill Wippert

The Buffalo Bills nearly pulled off a last-minute comeback but Josh Allen and the Bills offense ran out of time as the clock expired after an Isaiah McKenzie catch across midfield.

The Bills were trying to get in position for a game-winning field goal but McKenzie was tackled inbounds at the Dolphins 41-yard line and time ran out before Allen could spike the ball.

Early on the Bills took a 7-0 lead, then a 14-7 lead, but Miami came back and took the lead in the 4th quarter on a Chase Edmonds TD run to make it 21-17 Dolphins. After the Bills couldn't convert on 4th and goal late in the 4th quarter, the Buffalo defense forced a stop and then a blocked punt (off a Miami player) that resulted in a safety and gave the ball back to the Bills down 21-19 with 1:37 to go.

Unfortunately, the Bills couldn't complete the comeback and go to 2-1 on the season as Miami moves to 3-0 (1st place in AFC East).

Here's a recap of everything else you might have missed from the game:

Top stats to know:

  • The Bills have now scored an opening drive TD, including playoffs, in eight straight games. It ties the longest streak by any team in the last 40 seasons.
  • Josh Allen started the game 11-of-11, which marked his most consecutive completions to start a game. He finished the first quarter 12-of-13 for 114 yards and a TD.
  • Tyler Bass had made 14 field goals in a row on the road until his miss from 38-yards in the fourth quarter
  • Devin Singletary set a career-high in receptions (9) and receiving yards (78).
  • Zack Moss had a 43-yard run in the game that was his career-high for longest rush.
  • The Bills had a 20-play scoring drive that resulted in a Tyler Bass field goal in the third quarter. That marked the team's most plays on a single drive since at least 2001.
  • Josh Allen set a career-high in completions with 42.
  • Allen also threw for 400 yards, 15 shy of tying his career-high.
  • The Bills had 497 net yards of offense, compared to 212 by the Dolphins.
  • Miami converted all 3 of their red zone trips into points, while the Bills failed to score of 2 of their 4 opportunities
  • Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa left the game with an injury in the second quarter but returned in the second half. He finished with 13 of 18 passing for 186 yards and 1 TD.
  • Bills WR Isaiah McKenzie finished second on the team with 76 receiving yards and 1 TD on 7 catches. He led all Bills wide receivers in yards.
  • WR Stefon Diggs and RB Devin Singletary led the Bills with 11 targets each.

Bills deal with injuries

Several players left the game with injuries. Josh Allen needed attention to his throwing hand at the end of the game and went to get X-rays afterwards. Sean McDermott said that everything was good with Allen in his postgame press conference.

Here are other injury updates:

  • WR Jake Kumerow ruled out for the game (ankle)
  • T Spencer Brown is out for the game (heat illness).
  • G Ryan Bates left game to be evaluated for a head injury.
  • CB Christian Benford left game to be evaluated for hand injury.

Other players, including TE Dawson Knox, WR Stefon Diggs and WR Isaiah McKenzie all left briefly during the game due to cramping but all returned and finished the game.

Buffalo Bills vs Miami Dolphins, Week 3, September 25, 2022 at Hard Rock Stadium.

Scoring plays

9:06 1Q | BUF 7 MIA 0 | Josh Allen pass short left to Devin Singletary for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN

3:39 1Q | BUF 7 MIA 7 | Chase Edmonds up the middle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN

12:03 2Q | BUF 14 MIA 7 | Josh Allen pass short left to Isaiah McKenzie for 8 yards, TOUCHDOWN

6:51 2Q | BUF 14 MIA 14 | Tua Tagovailoa pass short middle to River Cracraft for 11 yards, TOUCHDOWN

3:43 3Q | BUF 17 MIA 14 | Tyler Bass 30 yard field goal is GOOD

10:08 4Q | BUF 17 MIA 21 | Chase Edmonds up the middle for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN

1:37 4Q | BUF 19 MIA 21 | Thomas Morstead punt is BLOCKED



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