Dolphins survive 21-19 for first win over Bills since 2018 to move to 3-0

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The heat won the day in Miami, but the Dolphins survived on the scoreboard. Miami beat the Bills 21-19.

The Dolphins hadn’t beaten the Bills since Dec. 2, 2018, with Buffalo winning seven in a row. The victory left the Dolphins as the only unbeaten team in the AFC, and, as such at 3-0, atop the AFC East.

The Bills ran 90 plays to the Dolphins’ 39, but came away with only three points on drives that ended at the Miami 34, 11, 20 and 2. Josh Allen had a wide-open Isaiah McKenzie in the end zone on fourth-and-two at the Miami 2 with 1:46 left.

He had his hand examined on the sideline afterward.

That left the Bills trailing 21-17.

The Bills burned their final two timeouts but stopped the Dolphins for a 1-yard loss on Miami’s three ensuing plays. The Dolphins threw on third down, and the incompletion stopped the clock with 1:37 left.

Thomas Morstead‘s punt went off the back of his protector, Trent Sherfield, and out of the back of the end zone. The Butt Punt, as it’s already been nicknamed on social media, gave the Bills a safety and within a field goal of escaping with a win.

Morstead bombed the free kick 74 yards, though, and the Bills started at their own 23 with no timeouts. They got to the Miami 41 but couldn’t get the clock stopped for a field goal try.

Allen went 42-of-63 for 400 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran for 47 yards on eight carries. He lost a fumble that led to a Dolphins’ touchdown, one of three fumbles he had though the only one he lost.

The Bills, though, were hit hard by the heat, especially in the offensive line.

Tua Tagovailoa, who left late in the first half to be examined for a concussion but returned after halftime, went 13-of-18 for 186 yards and a touchdown. Jaylen Waddle had four catches for 102 yards.

89 responses to “Dolphins survive 21-19 for first win over Bills since 2018 to move to 3-0

  1. Down 5 starters on defense, 3 all pro’s and the entire secondary. The other half of the team goes down with heat stroke and cramps.

    Buffalo is now down to not it’s back up but it’s back up backup Center, RG and RT. Buffalo drops a TD, drops a Pick Six, a missed layup of a FG and wiffs another easy TD pass.

    Miami wins by ONLY 2 pts; because on last second play a Buffalo receiver makes a mental error doesn’t go out of bounds to save a play for a game winning FG…

    How to do you stop the Buffalo Bills? A winter hurricane or heat stroke.

    Miami steals a win where they got dominated in week 3. See you in week 15 on an even playing field for a correction.

    Colts beat the Chiefs; that must mean the Colts are a far superior team right?

  2. I thought this was supposed to be a blowout? Bills by 40 I heard on here quite a few times. Looks like the games still have to be played. Dolphins defense somehow held this together. Great win. Phins Up!

  3. That was such a battle. Good health to the MANY players who went down on both sides. Nothing looked too serious, and the heat really took a toll.

    Great win, Phins fans. That goal-line stand is how it’s done. I’m glad the Bills were able to make everyone sweat until the last second.

    See you next time in Buffalo. Enjoy 1st place, and I plan on enjoying a few weeks where everyone isn’t like “Bills, Bills, Bills.”

  4. Big win for Miami. Offense was barely on the field. Miami OL was hodgepodge also so Tua didn’t have much time to throw. He did enough to win. And if Waddle doesn’t make Pro bowl this season then it’s definitely rigged.

  5. 60ftlesbianoctopus says:
    September 25, 2022 at 4:37 pm
    Down 5 starters on defense, 3 all pro’s and the entire secondary. The other half of the team goes down with heat stroke and cramps.

    Buffalo is now down to not it’s back up but it’s back up backup Center, RG and RT. Buffalo drops a TD, drops a Pick Six, a missed layup of a FG and wiffs another easy TD pass.

    Miami wins by ONLY 2 pts; because on last second play a Buffalo receiver makes a mental error doesn’t go out of bounds to save a play for a game winning FG…

    How to do you stop the Buffalo Bills? A winter hurricane or heat stroke.

    Miami steals a win where they got dominated in week 3. See you in week 15 on an even playing field for a correction.

    Colts beat the Chiefs; that must mean the Colts are a far superior team right?

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    I guess you didn’t see the the dropped INTs by Miamis secondary? Injuries are part of football. Weather is part of football games. The games still have to be played regardless of the chest thumping and guarantees from the fans. Take the loss.

  6. 60ftlesbianoctopus says:
    September 25, 2022 at 4:37 pm
    Down 5 starters on defense, 3 all pro’s and the entire secondary. The other half of the team goes down with heat stroke and cramps.

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    So the Bills are soft, that’s what you’re saying. Instead of man up you got excuses up.

  7. Not so easy to win Miami in the heat. Both the Chiefs (especially) and Bills look vulnerable.

  8. Nice to see the Bills’ excuses have already started. Apparently the heat only affects one team not the other

  9. …Miami steals a win where they got dominated in week 3. See you in week 15 on an even playing field for a correction…

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    The better on each game day team wins . Not the overall better team. The Bills lost. Period.

  10. Can the Bills fans please shut up now? The lost, were out-coached, and deserved to lose to the better team. I can’t wait to see the ten thousand excuses they come up with!!

  11. Gutty performance by the Dolphins against the best player in the NFL and the best team. Mike McDaniel has his team “dial-ed in” on finding ways to win games against great teams with great coaches.

  12. Miami steals a win where they got dominated in week 3. See you in week 15 on an even playing field for a correction… —————————————

    The better team on each game day wins . Not the overall better team. The Bills lost. Period.

  13. I will give Miami credit where credit is due…

    They had a stout defense in the red zone, and Tua managed to take advantage of our decimated secondary a few times…
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    I still honestly think that the Dolphins managed to squeak it out by the skin of their teeth; and that in a neutral site the Bills are a better team. Literally ALL our starting secondary and half our o-line were out by the end of the game due to the heat.

    Still – congrats on the win and leading the conference. Enjoy it while it lasts.

  14. 60ftlesbianoctopus- the only thing that matters is the score. Dolphins 21, Bill 19.
    The Dolphins have now beaten Bellichick, Harbaugh and McDermott.
    3-0 against those coaches is impressive.

  15. I certainly wasn’t 38 (Mia) to 28 (Buf) as I predicted, but I’ll take this win just the same.

    GO PHINS!!!

  16. To say Miami was the better team is a joke. Come on really you got luck and won by 2 point. Lol see you at the end of the year

  17. The Dolphins are 12 and 1 in their last 13 games . 60ftlesbianoctopus Is way off on his comments.
    The Dolphins D won the game, period.
    Most observers are high on Buffalo. But they’re a bunch of immature whiners. Starting with a quarterback. I think they’re one of the better teams in the NFL, and may be the best team all around but they’re Achilles’ heel is their attitude

  18. Hmmmm…..I wonder if now the NFL will change the ball spotting rules under 2 mins in the 4th since Allen ran out of time???

  19. Tough game for the Bills but I’m chalking it up to the many anomalies, injuries, heat, etc. Hate to lose one in the conference. Congrats to Miami fans. See you again in Buffalo.

  20. Good…. Now I don’t have to hear about how the Bills are going undefeated this year 😂 I love Buffalo….. live here as well. But all this talk of how dominant the Bills will be was laughable. Please “All of the Media”, pump the brakes a bit.

  21. The stats don’t tell the story in this one. Josh Allen played his guts out and so did the Dolphins D. The difference was the stout run defense which caused Allen to throw on virtually every down and his exhaustion is what led to poor execution at critical times.

  22. Looks like the 2022 imaginary Super Bowl champion Bills and their fans will have to be quiet for a couple of days.
    😆

  23. Bills fans got to get over the excuses. They took a cheap shot against Tua and they still lost. Dolphins deserved the win. Bills were never gonna go undefeated. Get over it. Congratulate the better team and move on. Can’t stand cry babies!

  24. Game of the day so far.
    Bills lost. Dolphins didn’t win.
    Will be surprised if the Bills play this badly the rest of the season.
    Just good to see some new blood at the top of the AFCE.
    Pats looking up at the best for a change.

  25. “lifeistoughtrustmeimadolphinsfan says:
    September 25, 2022 at 4:45 pm
    Can the Bills fans please shut up now? The lost, were out-coached, and deserved to lose to the better team. I can’t wait to see the ten thousand excuses they come up with!!”
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    What are we supposed to shut up about? Man, are you guys some sore winners. I get that the Bills have had a one-sided record over Miami for a long time now. Kudos on the gutty win, but it’s not like Buffalo is going anywhere.

  26. Miami hasn’t lost much in a calendar year + a multitude of upgrades paying dividends. This club has staying power. Nice, nice devotion to the run in this game.

    GO DOLPHINS.

  27. Constant excuses when the Fins win. ‘Miami was outplayed’, ‘Bills showed they were the better team’…etc, etc. This kind of thing happens every day in sports. Some days, you’re outplayed, & you win. Fins D also had missed opps with JAllen fumbles, & dropped INT’s. It goes BOTH ways. Just accept your team lost.

  28. Is this the first time Buffalo ever played in Miami in September? It gets HOT here. Drink lots of water. Miami had to play in the heat too.

  29. “60ftlesbianoctopus says:
    September 25, 2022 at 4:37 pm
    Down 5 starters on defense, 3 all pro’s and the entire secondary. The other half of the team goes down with heat stroke and cramps.

    Buffalo is now down to not it’s back up but it’s back up backup Center, RG and RT. Buffalo drops a TD, drops a Pick Six, a missed layup of a FG and wiffs another easy TD pass.

    Miami wins by ONLY 2 pts; because on last second play a Buffalo receiver makes a mental error doesn’t go out of bounds to save a play for a game winning FG…

    How to do you stop the Buffalo Bills? A winter hurricane or heat stroke.

    Miami steals a win where they got dominated in week 3. See you in week 15 on an even playing field for a correction.

    Colts beat the Chiefs; that must mean the Colts are a far superior team right?”

    Omg your tears are delicious!

  30. We’re sore winners because of all the blowout talk. And then after taking the loss, we hear about all the excuses. A win is a win. Injuries happen. Dolphins defense held this high powered weapon offense to 17 points. All we heard was Buffalo by 20, Buffalo by 40. Couldn’t even muster 20 points. It’s a long season and regardless of how good Buffalo has looked, they still have to go out there an win, but they didn’t.

  31. The Bills defense held a very good Miami offense to 21 points. The issue was the Bills offense who looked out of sorts and Josh Allen missing throws and playing poorly.

  32. Wide right is never going away Bills fans!! LOVE TO SEE THIS and Tua shut down the haters and I LOVE the new coach. You cant win the Super Bowl in the first 2 weeks of the year. Paper Champions

  33. So many excuses for Buffalo fans. Both teams play on the same field in the same heat.
    What did puzzle me is how does a QB go back to pass 60 times and not one single holding penalty on the OL ??? You mean to tell me they never held one time???

  34. Nah – you’re sore winners because you’re sore winners.

    Congrats on winning the division today.

  35. I am not here to gloat. Josh Allen is clearly one of the top players in the NFL, but both teams had numerous players out, both teams had dropped INTs, both teams had bad Ref calls and both teams were affected by the heat. The win could have gone either way; glad it went to my Fins. The human will to play in those conditions was nothing less than amazing.

  36. billsrthefuture says:
    September 25, 2022 at 5:02 pm
    “lifeistoughtrustmeimadolphinsfan says:
    September 25, 2022 at 4:45 pm
    Can the Bills fans please shut up now? The lost, were out-coached, and deserved to lose to the better team. I can’t wait to see the ten thousand excuses they come up with!!”
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    What are we supposed to shut up about? Man, are you guys some sore winners. I get that the Bills have had a one-sided record over Miami for a long time now. Kudos on the gutty win, but it’s not like Buffalo is going anywhere.

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    One sided record? The bills have been ok for the last 3 years (haven’t won anything) before that you were record padding for the rest of the AFC east going back to Jim Kelley’s final days.

  37. Never dreamed that is was possible, but Bills fans may be as delusional and as nauseating as Cowboys fans.

    Scoreboard. Move on, be better next week.

    Also, tell your OC not to trash the booth next time you lose like he did today. Waaahhhhh

  38. So two pr bowl QB’s play one of their best games ever and lose to Miami. It’s about making the next play.

  39. Hats off to the Dolphins in a hard fought game. The Bills battled hard as well given all the injuries they were dealing with. It is good to see the rivalry back TBH even if my Bills lost today.

  40. Dolphins defense made the difference in this outcome. I thought the fins were toast when Tua hit his head. I’m happy we have a rivalry again between fins and bills this year. The second game should favor the bills. Fins absolutely needed to win this game to be relevant later. Go fins – nice work. Fun to watch.

  41. So BUFFALO has no home field advantage in November, where weather alone is worth 3 home field points at least?

    During BUF impressive 7 game winning streak against Miami. Miami had no offensive identity, system or scheme. Miami only brought back 2 offensive line men from last year. Miami offensively under Flores, was a embarrassment.

  42. Putting the away team in the burning sun with no shade is an interesting home field advantage. Watching the injuries and heat exhaustion stack up on Bills players like they were wanderers in the desert, you do have to wonder if that isn’t taking “home field advantage” a little too far though and having a negative impact on player safety.

  43. There was a lot of talk from the fans and media saying Miami would more than likely start the season 0-4. No one has a crystal ball. Every game is different. This defense, rookie HC, and Tua have this team winning games. Wins are wins. This isn’t the Fins from the last 10 years.

  44. OBSERVATION:
    Bills fans have much more class than than the Pats and Jets fans.

    Miami really needed this win, they’re going to have a much tougher time with this Bills in week 15. I’m going to enjoy watching this rivalry. This has become a very good division!

  45. You Miami fans really still think Tua is all that? He played against 6 backups and only had 187 yds, half on one drive. Don’t get your chin way up, the Bills lost the game, Miami didn’t win it. That was a comedy of errors for Buffalo with untested players. Btw, Davis scored a td. That was a catch and two feet down. Why the Bills didn’t challenge it is beyond me. I’m glad Dolfins fans think they’re so great now. Where was that Hill guy who is unwatchable? Waddle had one series and otherwise was invisible. Almost 600 yds to 200. If take it off i was a fins fan, but I wouldn’t gloat. You will blow it on the end. It’s what you do.

  46. catquick says:
    September 24, 2022 at 5:43 pm
    The call ups aren’t worse, just different. Bills by 20.

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    Now your making an excuse for the backups? Just yesterday you said that the backups were just different, now you’re using it as an excuse? C’mon man. Own up to it. Injuries happen. Dolphins didn’t put up a bunch of stats because the Bills held the ball for so long. You lost, deal with it. Stop with excuses after gloating. Fair weather fans for sure.

  47. If take it off i was a fins fan, but I wouldn’t gloat. You will blow it on the end. It’s what you do.

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    This coming from a Bills fan is hilariously ironic

  48. I didn’t expect a huge drop off defensively and there was not. However, I also didn’t expect the offense to score 17 points. They had their chances and didn’t convert. Too bad

  49. billshistorian says:
    September 25, 2022 at 7:16 pm
    Also, I really hope the dolphins keep Tua. This would be a SB contender with a real QB.

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    The Dolphins are 3-0 after 3 weeks. How many more wins would you expect this team to have with a real QB? Lol. Allen and the Bills have been contenders for going on 3 years with zero hardware. What’s the point you’re trying to make? Are you saying the Fins would’ve swamped Buffalo by 35 today with a “real” QB? Or are you just posting things cause you’re upset you’re on the losing end?

  50. Lowlyfinsfan88, possibly. You got a great D and they got you 2 wins. 3-0 does not make a SB contender. The loss isn’t the demise of the bills. They’ll still be in the playoffs competing for the SB. The 2021 Pats and Steelers show a great defense and a not top QB get you a playoff blowout. Congrats on your first bills win since Gase.

  51. That’s the thing. This isn’t the Fins of the past. Not sure exactly what kinda numbers you were expecting Tua to put up in only 18 attempts. He still averaged over 10yds an attempt and didn’t turn it over. Allen got to attempt almost 70 passes. I’m not sure what you’re getting at. Our offense has done just fine. It’s a team sport. If you want fantasy stats that’s fine, but it has no bearing on a real game.

  52. Are the Bills still the better team? I’d say so. But injuries have taken down better teams in the past. I would have been satisfied with a close game. But Miami hung around and they got their deep guys for big completions when they needed it. And the defense just kept bringing it even if they were giving up a lot of completions. Miami took care of business with their home field advantage. Now it’s up to Buffalo to return the favor.

  53. The Bills had 497 yards of total offense and outgained Miami by 285 yards. They just didn’t execute in the redzone on offense or on special teams. The Bills were more decimated by injuries on a short week on the road in the heat than I can ever remember. 2 backup safeties, down 2 DTs, down both our starting corners and having to start 2 rookies and then one of them got hurt and some undrafted corner I never even heard of had to fill in. Our backup center got hurt, our RG and RT both left during the game as well and we still fought hard and almost pulled out a big win. Literally everything had to go the Dolphins way in all the key moments from botched snaps to missed kicks to dropped touchdown passes but the Bills still were the ones to make those mistakes. Miami played more mistake free football and that’s why they won despite being outgained by nearly 300 yards. It happens. That’s why we play the games.

  54. Now your making an excuse for the backups? Just yesterday you said that the backups were just different, now you’re using it as an excuse? C’mon man. Own up to it. Injuries happen. Dolphins didn’t put up a bunch of stats because the Bills held the ball for so long. You lost, deal with it. Stop with excuses after gloating. Fair weather fans for sure.
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    Aren’t you the one that said they’re second Tamera for a reason? Check yourself. If you’re going to be a blabbering dufus, recall your own ignorant rants. Bills are still better, Tua is average at best, and in the end, you will feel it. That was a lucky a win as you could get. Hill was a nobody. Waddle, sans one series was nothing. Tua had second team stats. A win is a win, but it’s not like you dominate. The Bills still tore you a new one, just had bad luck. Fortune won’t always be on your side. You’re becoming like Pats fans. Insufferable. Bills are better. It will become obvious soon. Enjoy your phyrric victory.

  55. Couldn’t have said it better finfanjim. The Bills are an incredible team with an incredible QB. NFL games are fickle though. The heat played a part. I’m not sure how the Miami defense dug so deep to play that much and still compete. They eliminated most of the big plays that the Bills live off of. Allen was just taking what they gave him. It was a fantastic watch. And the Bills and Dolphins playing games like this is good for the East. Miami just doesn’t back down though. They’ve been written off in every game this year. The only problem is games still have to be played regardless of everything that’s being said.

  56. Here is where the loss of Brian Daboll was obvious. Decision/communication from OC down to the field and everyone being on the same page….Thank you NYGiants. W is a W. On to Cincinnati. The over bet on wins looking solid right now for Miami. Fins UP!

  57. socorocker13 says:
    September 25, 2022 at 8:56 pm
    The Bills had 497 yards of total offense and outgained Miami by 285 yards. They just didn’t execute in the redzone on offense or on special teams. The Bills were more decimated by injuries on a short week on the road in the heat than I can ever remember. 2 backup safeties, down 2 DTs, down both our starting corners and having to start 2 rookies and then one of them got hurt and some undrafted corner I never even heard of had to fill in. Our backup center got hurt, our RG and RT both left during the game as well and we still fought hard and almost pulled out a big win. Literally everything had to go the Dolphins way in all the key moments from botched snaps to missed kicks to dropped touchdown passes but the Bills still were the ones to make those mistakes. Miami played more mistake free football and that’s why they won despite being outgained by nearly 300 yards. It happens. That’s why we play the games……………………………………………………….

    Let me just say Josh Allen is the truth, however Bills Fans with all these excuses. I didn’t heat anything when they racked up a bunch of wins on other teams had a bunch of injuries. For example: 2020 Forty Niners, and Denver last year.

  58. phillyfinsfan says:
    September 25, 2022 at 4:46 pm
    Gutty performance by the Dolphins against the best player in the NFL and the best team. Mike McDaniel has his team “dial-ed in” on finding ways to win games against great teams with great coaches.————They beat the best player in the NFL in week 2.

  59. Both teams in the heat, yet only one sideline in the sun. Miami got lucky, they’ll lose the next one against the Bills.

  60. Fins Won, and I’m ok with that. Congratulations. But lets hold the chest beating. Definitely NOT a “quality” win – definitely not. Fins score only 14 points against a Bills decimated defense? I did not see any Fins Pro Bowl play yesterday. Their defense was excellent. But Allen throws a knuckleball into the ground to a wide open McKenzie at game end. The fins were “fortunate” to win and that’s that. Quick recovery wished to players on both teams. It was a battle.

  61. Phins deserve a lot of credit and respect and the win counts the same whether it was pretty or ugly. I wouldn’t feel too comfy as a Phins fan, though. There are many lame excuses you could make, but at the end of the day, the Phins had just about everything go their way and they still barely squeaked it out. If I’m the Phins, I’m ecstatic with the win, but I’m dreading a rematch if that opponent is anywhere near full strength or even just playing in less extreme conditions.

  62. Does anybody out there realize that the Bills were 0-20 against Miami in the 70s OJ Simpson never beat Miami!

  63. Congrats on the win Dolphins fans, you did what you had to do and made a few more plays. I did not expect you guys to rope a dope in this one and we punched ourselves out. On to Baltimore and hopefully both teams can get a little healthier

  64. Buffalo uses Madden football techniques developed by children.

    – First TD – could’ve kicked FG, went on 4th down
    – Second TD – could’ve kicked FG, went on 4th down
    – Attempted 3 fourth down plays in game.
    – Trick play attempt ending first half with throw to Diggs, X almost intercepted
    – If Allen doesn’t feel comfortable throwing the ball or sitting in the pocket, he runs.
    – QB is leading rusher of the team.
    – 3 unnecessary roughness calls

    Let’s change out child-like Madden techniques for professional football strategy’s that reduce risk.
    – Kicked FG
    – Kicked FG
    – Take away Allen’s runs for first downs extending drives.

    Now the score is 21-11, possibly less if we take away some of Allen’s runs.

    So, Buffalo coaches believe they’re not talented enough to play straight up. They have to employ classless tactics and tricks using extremely high-risk plays part of that risk is opening their QB to injury to stay in games or to win.
    Out of all the forth down plays, tricks, college-level high-risk QB runs, and dirty plays such as shoving Tua after throws.
    They still could not beat the Dolphins, they could only hang with them.

    Miami’s gameplan defensively was to bend, not break. That is why Buffalo’s offense was out there for 90 plays and it “appeared” they dominated the game.

    Let’s look at the appearance of domination.

    Tua had higher QB rating 94.7 vs 123.8
    Buffalo’s longest pass play was 28 vs 45 for Miami
    Per pass play completed avg 9.5 vs 14.3

    Backup MIA QB played a drive ending the first half with 2 mins remaining that Tua most likely would’ve lead a drive down field possible adding another score.

    MIA 2 Forced fumbles, Buffalo lucky to recover the second one.

    Allen had intentional grounding in the endzone in 2nd half, should’ve been a safety.

    Buffalo held to 3 points in second half.

    Buffalo held to red zone efficiency of 50% vs Miami 100%

    MIA missed interceptions – 1 in first half 3 in 2nd half.

    Buffalo had 90 plays and scored only 17 pts going for 4th down plays 3 times with 2 resulting in TD’s.

    Miami scored 21 pts on 39 plays not going on any 4th down opportunity.

    How do you give up a 45+ yd throw on 3rd and 22 down the middle of the field in cover 2?

    Dominated? No.

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