Dolphins playoff hopes on life support after blowout loss to Bills

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The Dolphins are going to be the biggest Jaguars fans on the planet this afternoon.

Miami had a chance to make the playoffs by beating the Bills on Sunday, but they laid a major egg in Buffalo. Josh Allen threw three touchdowns, Tua Tagovailoa threw three interceptions, and the Bills beat the Dolphins in a 56-26 rout.

The win sews up the No. 2 seed in the AFC for the Bills, but the bigger playoff implications are on the other side. With the Browns and Ravens winning their games, the Dolphins now need the Jaguars to pull off a massive upset by beating the Colts in Indianapolis later on Sunday.

The Bills will know who they host in the first round after all of Sunday’s games are in the books. Miami’s loss also means that the Titans have clinched a playoff spot ahead of their game against the Texans.

The day got off to a good start for the Dolphins when head coach Brian Flores successfully challenged that cornerback Byron Jones picked off Allen before going out of bounds. Miami grabbed a 3-0 lead, but the second quarter belonged to the Bills.

Allen threw all three of his scores and Isaiah McKenzie added a punt return score to open up a big halftime lead. Allen departed at that point and the Dolphins closed within 15 points early in the third quarter, but Josh Norman‘s interception return for a touchdown a short time later put the game firmly in Buffalo’s control.

Tagovailoa’s next two interceptions were followed by Antonio Williams touchdown runs that eliminated any hope of a comeback for the Dolphins. Tagovailoa posted 361 passing yards thanks to some late stat padding, but it was a rough day for the rookie that started with a failure to score touchdowns on two first half trips into Buffalo territory

That set the tone for their flop with a playoff berth on the line and now the Dolphins will have to wait to see if their prayers get answered.

41 responses to “Dolphins playoff hopes on life support after blowout loss to Bills

  1. I know you can’t always expect a rookie QB to light it up, but a lot of the time you can just see “it” and know they will be really good in a couple of years. I don’t see “it” with Tua at all.

  2. Thank goodness I’m not a Raiders fan anymore on a day like today. The Bills put an exclamation mark on an outstanding regular season, roll into the playoffs, while the lowly Raiders play meaningless football. Go Bills!

  3. Tungavaiola ain’t it…Good thing they’re in position to alleviate that mistake with a top 3 pick…courtesy of Houston!

  4. Now that they’ve sewn up the #1 pick, a win by the Jaguars doesn’t sound so far-fetched anymore.

  5. I can no longer “trust the process”. The last two games of watching Tua has been painful. The Dolphins need to seriously think about hitting the reset button and select a quarterback with their first pick in next year’s draft. I don’t care if Tua’s feelings are hurt. This is a Big Boy game. He can’t put a team on his back.

  6. Like i said earlier. Can you imagine if Miami had Justin Herbert?? They would’ve been dangerous in the playoffs.back in April while watching the draft I was talking to my brother over the phone said I hope the Dolphins don’t pick Herbert because they will very good if they do.whew that was close.

  7. A painful and embarrassing end to an otherwise fun, rewarding and sometimes magical season… Chiefs and Bills for the AFC and I wouldn’t pick against Buffalo if you paid me.

  8. Is Chan Gailey too old to remember you need 1st downs to get touchdowns in order to win, or does he just not trust a noodle arm Tua? The savior Tua says the NFL is easy! Sure, of course it is when your there to just collect a check and not win games! Miami needs to get a real QB in the draft! Miami’s D is good but highly overrated as they give up way too many big plays. Miami is still rebuilding and that’s the same ol story for the last 100 decades.

  9. Where are weapons in Miami’s offense? They have a tight end and a #2 receiver. Give Tua some play makers in year 2 and see what he can do. Also the defense which supposedly is the strength of the team looked lost today.

  10. The most ridiculous and worthless 360 yards passing I’ve ever seen. He looked
    Scared to throw more than 10 yards

  11. Take away Tua’s pick six, and Miami still gave up 52 pts. That’s a tall order for any team to match. Buffalo is for real. Miami just couldn’t keep up.

  12. Sorry Fin fans, but that choice of starting Tua earlier in the year when Fitz was hot might be OK for a future team but not this year. He looks like the game is moving too fast for him and he has not been able to make the plays like he did in college, scrambling around and making accurate passes. When Fitz went out this week the only way the Dolphins could win was if Buffalo rested its starters but it did not and good for them for making the Dolphins try and earn their way in. They have a high draft pick from the Texans and question is, do they trade it for more picks or go after a QB.

  13. If the Raiders wouldn’t have Raidered last week, Miami wouldn’t even be on life support right now.

  14. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 3, 2021 at 4:38 pm
    Where are weapons in Miami’s offense? They have a tight end and a #2 receiver. Give Tua some play makers in year 2 and see what he can do. Also the defense which supposedly is the strength of the team looked lost today.
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    Funny… Fitzpatrick did pretty well last week with same weapons, and the coaches actually trusted him to throw the ball more than 5 yards. Tua ia average at best.

  15. Hopefully Tua learned something today. That IMO would be that if he dose not improve in dramatic fashion that what was handed to him (the starting QB position)Flores will take away from him. With that said, its not all on him. Lack of run blocking, Zero pressure from the d-line. Suddenly we forgot how to tackle. True the list is long but with such a youthful team these mistakes can be corrected. 10-6 is a solid year for this roster that will only get better. Chins up.. Fins Up!

  16. Good season, Tua needs more weapons and I think he will be fine….oc calls a pee wee style gm first half then tries to open up the game when its too late.

  17. joetoronto: your a bandwagon fan disgrace and a whiner RN4L go bandwagon cheer fool lol….

  18. Fitzpatrick was this franchise’s only hope. Time to draft a QB and trade Tua for a conditional 7th.

  19. My bills put on a great show today. Now, I can only hope they don’t totally choke in the playoffs; or worse yet, break my heart in another Super Bowl. I don’t know if I can take that.

  20. billswillsnevermove says:
    January 3, 2021 at 6:40 pm
    My bills put on a great show today. Now, I can only hope they don’t totally choke in the playoffs; or worse yet, break my heart in another Super Bowl. I don’t know if I can take that.
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    Poor Joe, he is so bitter today the Bills won he has to pull the steal the unsername game. Go Bills. Sorry Toronto Joe, you are a loser, just like your Raiders. Get use to the Bills being good. Night Joey!!

  21. billswillnevermove says:
    January 3, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    billswillsnevermove says:
    January 3, 2021 at 6:40 pm
    My bills put on a great show today. Now, I can only hope they don’t totally choke in the playoffs; or worse yet, break my heart in another Super Bowl. I don’t know if I can take that.
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    Poor Joe, he is so bitter today the Bills won he has to pull the steal the unsername game. Go Bills. Sorry Toronto Joe, you are a loser, just like your Raiders. Get use to the Bills being good. Night Joey!!

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    Awwww, Poor David Szwartz, So bitter and twisted. Your pot calling the kettle black routine is so pathetic it’s hilarious. Maybe someday you’ll be a real boy…

  22. Billswillnevermove – Hey, we’re #1 at being #2! We’ve got scar tissue – we can handle another Super Bowl – or 2 or 3! No one expected us to be THIS good this year, we’re playing with house money…

  23. For the 1001st time, the QB doesn’t make BAMA look good, Bama makes their QBs look good and to further my point the last franchise QB to come out of Bama was 52yrs ago, the Snake!

    BUYER BEWARE when drafting a QB off of a LOADED team because they aren’t going to have a loaded team around them in the NFL, there’s a real good reason that those teams are drafting in the top 10 and it isn’t because they’re good!

  24. mackcarrington says:
    January 3, 2021 at 4:36 pm
    Mmmmmm…. Grilled Dolphin!
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    NAH… SMOKED!

  25. BermudaBoy says:
    January 3, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Billswillnevermove – Hey, we’re #1 at being #2! We’ve got scar tissue – we can handle another Super Bowl – or 2 or 3! No one expected us to be THIS good this year, we’re playing with house money…

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    Agreed, my precious bills have had a great season but then we always manage to choke whenever we happen to get into the playoffs. So far, nothing but heartache from my bills. Maybe sometime before I become a great grandfather my bills will do something noteworthy.

  26. I wonder if Tua got another picture of him sitting on the field by himself, after the game today. He might not be in the playoffs, but maybe he can get some likes on instagram.

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