Josh Allen drives the award-winning car into the snow to defeat the Dolphins, clinching a playoff berth
The highly anticipated second game of the season between the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills saw completely opposite weather this time in upstate New York compared to the Sunshine State.
The result? A win for the home team in its cold conditions.
The Bills clinched a playoff spot for the fourth straight season, as they beat their AFC East rivals, 32-29, to advance to 11-3 on the season.
The Blizzard started late in this game, and the score was tied 29-29 when Miami kicked the ball wide to the Bills. Allen took offense and drove 15 plays down the field, killing the rest of the clock to set up a short field goal by Tyler Bass.
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As the Buffalo players cleared the snow away from the kicker’s intended spot, Bass delivered a 25-yard touchdown run to win.
To even tie the game, the Bills had to march down the field with an eight-point deficit, knowing that a potential two-point conversion would be required if a touchdown was scored. Allen managed to find Dawson Knox for that landing, but on the two-point conversion it required him to get airborne, only to break the plane to tie it up.
Bills fans throw snowballs to celebrate their first touchdown against. dolphins
Allen would finish the game with 304 yards through the air and four touchdowns, while rushing for 77 yards on 10 attempts.
The snow that fell before the game called some snowballs that Bills fans threw onto the field in this one the umpires weren’t getting after two Buffalo celebrations. The broadcast also mentioned that some fans were throwing them on the Dolphins’ sideline, to which the referees delayed the game and threatened that throwing snowballs would result in the Bills being assessed a 15-yard penalty.
The first touchdown by Allen was also the first for rookie tight end Quintin Morris, who caught a 14-yard pass to make it 7-3.
After the Dolphins responded with another field goal to pull in a single, the Bills went 12 plays and 75 yards for a Nyheim Hines touchdown—his first with the Bills since being traded from the Indianapolis Colts.
But Miami would finally reach the end zone after three trips to the red zone thanks to Salvon Ahmed, who had his first rushing touchdown of the season, with an 11-yard run to cut the Bills’ lead to one again.
Buffalo would respond with James Cook scoring a four-yard receiving touchdown from Allen, making this contest 21-13.
Once again, the Dolphins came right back with a touchdown of their own, as Jaylen Waddle broke free from Bills defenders and went 67 yards to score.
Then it was their turn to take back the lead. Tyreek Hill caught a 20-yard score to make it 26-21.
A field goal after Allen’s bar sack made it 16 consecutive points scored by the Dolphins, but the Bills never fumbled. In the end, they knew they could kill some time in the snow and score the game-winning score.
Stefon Diggs would normally be Allen’s leading receiver, but Knox won it with 98 yards on six receptions, the longest being 45 yards. Diggs finished with 60 receiving yards on five receptions.
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For the Dolphins, Tua Tagovailoa went 17 of 30 for 234 yards with two touchdowns, while Raheem Mostert set the tone on the ground with 136 yards on 17 carries.
In the passing game, Waddle’s big touchdown helped gain 114 yards on just three catches. Hill had 69 yards on nine catches.
While the Dolphins continue to fight for a playoff spot, the Bills can breathe a little as they head to Chicago next week to take on the Bears on the road.
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Miami, now 8-6 after losing its third straight game, will return home to take on the Green Bay Packers on Christmas.
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