Final

Bills 13

(5-4, 2-2 away)

Dolphins 10

(0-9, 0-5 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 11, 2007

 

1 2 3 4 T
BUF 0 0 2 1113
MIA 3 0 7 010

Top Performers

Passing: J. Losman (BUF) - 157 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Chatman (MIA) - 27 CAR, 124 YDS

Receiving: L. Evans (BUF) - 4 REC, 65 YDS

Bills extend winning streak to four, edge Dolphins

Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) -- Miami Dolphins nose tackle Keith Traylor sat at his locker stripped to his uniform pants, shaking his head as his enormous shoulders sagged.

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Five times since 1978, two teams in the same season have started 0-8. Half of those 10 won their ninth game, including the previously 0-8 Rams on Sunday. The Dolphins, however, weren't as fortunate.

Year Teams
2007 Dolphins, Rams*
1996 Jets*, Falcons*
1991 Bengals*, Colts
1984 Bills, Oilers
1983 Buccaneers, Oilers
1978 Bengals*, Cardinals*
* -- Won 9th game

That's what 340 pounds of frustration looks like.

"You have to finish a game," Traylor said. "For some reason we can't do it. It'll drive you crazy."

The winless Dolphins controlled the ball for nearly 37 minutes and led most of the game Sunday, but Rian Lindell kicked a 34-yard field goal with 46 seconds left, and the Buffalo Bills earned their fourth consecutive victory, 13-10.

The Dolphins (0-9) extended the worst start in franchise history. Five defeats have been by three points, none more wrenching than the latest.

"Who's the guy from Charlie Brown who has the gray cloud following him around?" defensive tackle Vonnie Holliday said. "Pig Pen? We're like Pig Pen."

The Dolphins committed no turnovers, allowed Buffalo to convert only two third downs and benefited from a big day by journeyman Jesse Chatman, who rushed for a career-high 124 yards. Still they lost.

When St. Louis earned its first victory by beating New Orleans, Miami became the NFL's last winless team.

"That's what stinks about it," Chatman said, "because we're so much better than this record. It's killing us."

The Bills (5-4) scored 11 points in the final 9:46. They'll take their longest winning streak since 2004 into Sunday's home game against unbeaten New England.

"This win tells a lot about our team," quarterback J.P. Losman said. "Our backs were to the wall, and we made enough plays when we had to."

The Bills' only touchdown came after Miami mounted a long touchdown march to take a 10-2 lead. Buffalo responded with a 66-yard drive capped by Marshawn Lynch's 3-yard run.

He then ran for the 2-point conversion, spinning across the goal after he was hit to make it 10-all.

Miami's Ted Ginn Jr. returned the kickoff 86 yards for an apparent touchdown, but the score was negated by a holding penalty on Greg Camarillo.

"I wish that could have been the play to take us into a victory," said Camarillo, his voice shaking with emotion half an hour after the game. "I thought it was a fair play, but the refs called it, and I'm guilty. I'll take the blame for it."

The Dolphins made two first downs before punting, and Roscoe Parrish returned the kick 40 yards to midfield with 4:37 left. Buffalo converted two third-down situations to move to the 16 and set up Lindell's field goal.

"I don't mind those situations," Lindell said. "You want to make every kick, not just the ones at the end. In our world, they're all big."

The Dolphins reached their 49 before Buffalo's Jabari Greer sealed the win by breaking up a fourth-down pass with 19 seconds left.

"This is an incredible team," Greer said. "The resolve, the excitement we're playing with ... it's fun being part of this team."

Lynch was held to 61 yards rushing and had to be helped off the field with 1:54 left when he sprained his left ankle. Coach Dick Jauron said the Bills were hopeful the injury wasn't serious.

Miami's only touchdown came at the end of an 18-play, 80-yard drive that consumed the final 9:45 of the third period. Coach Cam Cameron gambled by going for a first down on fourth-and-1 at the Miami 45, and quarterback Cleo Lemon sneaked 2 yards. The Dolphins then converted four third downs, the last on Lemon's 5-yard run when he couldn't find an open receiver.

"Heck of a game," said Cameron, still seeking his first victory as an NFL head coach. "We did everything except win."

Game notes


Miami DE Jason Taylor left the game early in the third quarter with an ankle injury. He returned to action only briefly and said he wasn't sure about the severity of the injury. ... Dolphins DE Matt Roth left the game in the second half with a groin injury. ... Buffalo CB Kiwaukee Thomas hurt his groin in the fourth quarter, and the Bills said the injury could be serious. TE Robert Royal suffered a mild concussion. ... The Bills' 2-point conversion was their first in six years to the day.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BUF
MIA
1st Downs1515
Passing 1st downs
105
Rushing 1st downs
410
1st downs from penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
2-109-19
4th down efficiency
1-11-3
Total Plays5068
Total Yards214269
Yards per play4.34.0
Total Drives129
Passing151126
Comp-Att
12-2316-29
Yards per pass
6.04.2
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-61-5
Rushing63143
Rushing Attempts
2538
Yards per rush
2.53.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-21-2
Penalties2-107-39
Turnovers10
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession23:0136:59

Passing Leaders

BUFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Losman12/231576.8012-6
MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Lemon16/291314.5001-5

Rushing Leaders

BUFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lynch19613.2118
Losman310.301
MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Chatman271244.6023
Lemon6172.8110

Receiving Leaders

BUFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Evans46516.3021
Reed34013.3017
MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Martin4348.5011
Hagan22914.5021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBUFMIA
miaFG9:44Jay Feely 38 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 56 yds, 5:20
03
THIRD QUARTERBUFMIA
bufSF11:04Safety
Drive info: 3 plays, -2 yds, 0:50
23
miaTD0:04Cleo Lemon, 5 yd run (Jay Feely kick is good)
Drive info: 18 plays, 80 yds, 9:45
210
FOURTH QUARTERBUFMIA
bufTD9:53Marshawn Lynch, 3 yd run(Marshawn Lynch run for 2pt conversion)
Drive info: 10 plays, 66 yds, 5:14
1010
bufFG0:50Rian Lindell 34 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 34 yds, 3:51
1310