Final

Bills 23

(4-8, 0-6 away)

Dolphins 24

(5-7, 3-3 home)

1:00 PM ET, December 4, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
BUF 21 0 2 023
MIA 0 3 0 2124

Top Performers

Passing: S. Rosenfels (MIA) - 272 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: W. McGahee (BUF) - 27 CAR, 81 YDS

Receiving: C. Chambers (MIA) - 15 REC, 238 YDS, 1 TD

Chambers' leaping grab caps comeback for Dolphins

MIAMI (AP) -- Even in the late-afternoon shadows covering the end zone, Chris Chambers was easy to spot, leaping to make the reception that capped the best day of his NFL career and the Miami Dolphins' biggest comeback victory since 1974.

It was over when ...
Chris Chambers caught a 4-yard pass from Sage Rosenfels on fourth down with six seconds left for the winning score. Miami rallied from deficits of 21-0 and 23-3 to win its second straight.
Game ball goes to ...
Rosenfels, who entered the game in the third quarter when starter Gus Frerotte went down with a concussion and directed fourth-quarter TD drives of 70, 49 and 73 yards.
ESPN's take ...
Sean Salisbury The Dolphins expect this type of game from Chris Chambers because they know he has the ability to be a No. 1 receiver. So far in his career he's shown flashes of brilliance, but he hasn't been consistent at all throughout his career. Hopefully for him, this game will be the spark to get him to that next level.
-- Sean Salisbury

Chambers caught a lobbed 4-yard pass from Sage Rosenfels on fourth down with six seconds left, the last of three touchdowns Miami scored in the final 11:35 Sunday to beat the Buffalo Bills 24-23.

With the game up for grabs, Chambers curled into the end zone and outmaneuvered cornerback Jabari Greer for his 15th reception of the game.

"It was a jump-ball situation," Chambers said. "You have to go up and get it."

Lee Evans caught three touchdown passes to put the Bills ahead 21-0 less than 13 minutes into the game, and they led 23-3 in the final period.

"You can't play like the game was over, but maybe we played like the game was over," coach Mike Mularkey said. "We didn't finish the job."

Struggling Miami quarterback Gus Frerotte was forced to the bench with a concussion in the third quarter, and Rosenfels directed fourth-quarter touchdown drives of 70, 49 and 73 yards.

"We really like for everyone to get their money's worth," coach Nick Saban joked. "You talk about playing 60 minutes, and it's a cliche, but this was an example of that today."

Alas, only 25,000 fans remained from the announced crowd of 72,051 when the Dolphins began their final march with 1:51 left trailing 23-17.

A catch by Chambers gave Miami a first down at the 1 with 50 seconds to go, but two incomplete passes, a penalty and a scramble by Rosenfels made it fourth down with the clock running and less than 30 seconds left.

"I took a quick, deep breath and said, 'Relax,'" Rosenfels said. "The clock was running. We figured whatever coverage they were in, the best play was to throw it up for Chris."

The taller Chambers won a duel for the ball even though Greer was flagged for interference. Saban hollered and punched the air while teammates mobbed Chambers, who set Miami records for catches and yards receiving with 238. Both totals were the highest in the NFL since 2002.

The victory gave the Dolphins (5-7) back-to-back wins for the first time this season, and they beat a division rival for the first time in four tries to remain in playoff contention in the woeful AFC East. First-place New England (7-5) also won.

The stunned Bills (4-8) were all but eliminated from the postseason race. They fell to 0-6 on the road, and the latest loss hurt the worst.

"I've seen it happen many times on TV, but to have it happen to you really smacks you in the face," quarterback J.P. Losman said. "Nobody will know how this feels unless they've been in the locker room. I can't really describe it, because I'm no Shakespeare."

Losman hit Evans for touchdown passes of 46, 56 and 4 yards but missed chances to close out the victory, losing a fumble on a sack and throwing an interception to end scoring threats. The Bills failed to score on their final 10 possessions.

The Dolphins looked inept for much of the game themselves, dropping at least eight passes -- including three by Chambers -- and committing six false starts.

But Rosenfels gave Miami an immediate spark, coming on after Frerotte was hurt when sacked by London Fletcher for a safety early in the third quarter.

Ricky Williams' 5-yard run made the score 23-10, and after the Dolphins forced a punt, they quickly struck again on the first touchdown reception of rookie running backRonnie Brown's career. He caught a swing pass from Rosenfels, hurdled a defender and dived across the pylon for a 23-yard score, making it 23-17 with 7:35 to go.

Miami reached midfield with three minutes left, but defensive end Aaron Schobel leaped to intercept Rosenfels. Another punt gave the Dolphins one last chance -- and that was all they needed.

"Right now," Fletcher said, "I'm thinking, 'How did we lose this game?'"

Game notes


Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor played much of the game with his right shoulder in a strap. He said he'll undergo an MRI exam Monday. ... Bills guard Chris Villarrial missed the second half with a hamstring injury. ... Tight end Mark Campbell (hamstring) was inactive for the Bills. Linebacker Zach Thomas (ankle/hamstring), defensive tackle Keith Traylor (knee) and wide receiver Marty Booker (calf) were inactive for Miami. ... Miami cornerback Sam Madison made his first interception since 2003. ... The Dolphins threw a team-record 65 passes.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BUF
MIA
1st Downs1626
Passing 1st downs
817
Rushing 1st downs
56
1st downs from penalties
33
3rd down efficiency
6-148-20
4th down efficiency
0-01-2
Total Plays6290
Total Yards294434
Yards per play4.74.8
Total Drives1516
Passing202361
Comp-Att
14-2734-65
Yards per pass
7.05.3
Interceptions thrown
11
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-253-26
Rushing9273
Rushing Attempts
3322
Yards per rush
2.83.3
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-30-5
Penalties7-5513-81
Turnovers32
Fumbles lost
21
Interceptions thrown
11
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession31:1728:43

Passing Leaders

BUFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Losman13/262248.6312-25
Parrish1/133.0000-0
MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rosenfels22/372727.4210-0
Frerotte12/281154.1003-26

Rushing Leaders

BUFCARYDSAVGTDLG
McGahee27813.0010
Losman3103.306
MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams11464.2111
Brown9222.407

Receiving Leaders

BUFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Evans511723.4356
Reed23517.5026
MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Chambers1523815.9157
McMichael6416.808

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBUFMIA
bufTD12:55Lee Evans, 46 yd pass from J.P. Losman (Rian Lindell kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 61 yds, 1:57
70
bufTD11:18Lee Evans, 56 yd pass from J.P. Losman (Rian Lindell kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 56 yds, 0:00
140
bufTD2:19Lee Evans, 4 yd pass from J.P. Losman (Rian Lindell kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 26 yds, 2:38
210
SECOND QUARTERBUFMIA
miaFG0:45Olindo Mare 15 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 55 yds, 2:13
213
THIRD QUARTERBUFMIA
bufSF10:16Safety
Drive info: 5 plays, -10 yds, 0:50
233
FOURTH QUARTERBUFMIA
miaTD11:40Ricky Williams, 5 yd run (Olindo Mare kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 56 yds, 2:13
2310
miaTD7:44Ronnie Brown, 23 yd pass from Sage Rosenfels (Olindo Mare kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 49 yds, 2:09
2317
miaTD0:06Chris Chambers, 4 yd pass from Sage Rosenfels (Olindo Mare kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 73 yds, 1:45
2324