Final

Dolphins 14

(5-6, 2-4 away)

Bills 31

(4-7, 2-3 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 29, 2009

Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY 

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 0 7 7 014
BUF 0 7 0 2431

Top Performers

Passing: R. Fitzpatrick (BUF) - 246 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Williams (MIA) - 27 CAR, 115 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Owens (BUF) - 5 REC, 96 YDS, 1 TD

Bills dump Dolphins as Owens scores 51-yard TD

Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Offense is back in fashion in Buffalo now that Perry Fewell -- a defensive coordinator, of all people -- has taken over as interim head coach.

In delivering Fewell his first career win, the Bills erupted for 24 points in the fourth quarter in a 31-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Fast Facts

• The Bills scored 24 unanswered points, all in the fourth quarter, as they snapped a three-game losing streak and gave interim coach Perry Fewell his first career win. Their 31 points was just two shy of their season high set in a Week 2 win over Tampa Bay.

• Terrell Owens had a 51-yard TD catch, his second straight game with a TD. With 145 career TDs, he tied Marcus Allen for fourth in NFL history.

• Bills running back Fred Jackson rushed for two TDs. In the loss, Ricky Williams rushed for 115 yards and a TD, his third straight game with 100 rush yards.

• Miami failed in its attempt to go over .500 for the first time this season.

• Bloggers' reactions

-- ESPN Stats & Information

And all Terrell Owens could wonder after he helped seal the rout with a 51-yard touchdown catch was what might have been if Bills owner Ralph Wilson had fired Dick Jauron a few games earlier.

"Well, he's two weeks too late," Owens said, crediting Fewell who took over when Jauron was fired Nov. 17. "I've been wanting to be aggressive all year."

After taking their first lead on Rian Lindell's career-best 56-yard field goal with 3:35 left, the Bills didn't let up. Owens scored on the next possession after Chad Henne threw his first of three interceptions. And Fewell was spotted along the sideline demanding another touchdown, which came after Fred Jackson sealed the rout by scoring on a 7-yard run with 1:20 remaining.

"How sweet it is, baby," said Fewell, who has never been a head coach at any level. "We've been talking about finishing. That's what we did today."

The win evened Fewell's record at 1-1, and came in a week in which the Bills tagged former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan as a potential candidate to take over.

Not so fast.

"I'm not going to say that right now," safety Donte Whitner said when asked if this was a players' statement favoring Fewell. "But I know we can run a couple off in a row, and then we'll talk about that."

The Bills (4-7), who snapped a three-game skid, have little time to enjoy the victory as they prepare to "host" the New York Jets at Toronto on Thursday.

The Dolphins (5-6), meanwhile, suddenly face a must-win challenge next week when they host the division-leading Patriots. This wasn't the position Miami expected to be in after climbing back into contention by winning five of seven to overcome an 0-3 start.

"Our team knew exactly what was at stake when we came in here to play this ballgame," coach Tony Sparano said. "We did things, quite honestly, that 3-7 teams do in the fourth quarter. I've got to take responsibility. It's my fault."

The Dolphins couldn't take advantage of Ricky Williams' third consecutive 100-yard rushing game. Williams finished with 115 yards and a touchdown, but also threw an interception to end the Dolphins' opening drive on first-and-goal from the 3.

And so much for all the pressure Miami's defense provided in taking advantage of Buffalo's young and injury-depleted offensive line. Linebacker Joey Porter, who had 2 1/2 of Miami's six sacks, declined to speak following the game.

"We dropped the ball. We can't blame anybody but ourselves," Jason Taylor said. "Obviously, what we're doing now is not the trick."

Give credit to the Bills, too.

"They came out and fought like dogs," cornerback Nate Jones said. "They took advantage of our mistakes and beat us fair and square. There are no excuses."

After the teams traded first-half touchdowns, the Dolphins appeared to take control by opening the third-quarter with a 16-play, 83-yard drive capped by Williams' 1-yard plunge.

For a team with little but pride to play for, the Bills responded with an impressive drive as Jackson scored on a 3-yard run to cap a 13-play, 74-yard march.

The Dolphins managed four first downs the rest of the way.

Fitzpatrick had his second consecutive solid outing since taking over after Fewell benched starter Trent Edwards. He finished 17-of-26 for 246 yards and helped the Bills generate 336 yards offense -- the second straight week Buffalo's broken 300 yards.

Fewell was particularly impressed with Fitzpatrick's decision to go deep to Owens, something the quarterback called at the line.

"I love it," Fewell said. "I told him, 'You have some big [guts].'"

Spotting Owens lined up one-on-one with rookie cornerback Vontae Davis, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a bomb up the right sideline in a play reminiscent to T.O.'s 98-yard touchdown in an 18-15 loss at Jacksonville last week.

"Well yeah, I think we were hitting at that last week, and we just came up a little bit short," said Owens, who finished with five catches for 96 yards. "But we were very confident even though we lost. ... We prepared hard and it showed out there."

Game notes


Fitzpatrick also showed he could run with a 31-yard touchdown on a bootleg up the right sideline. It was the Bills' longest TD rushing since RB Marshawn Lynch scored on a 56-yarder on Nov. 4, 2007. ... Taylor was credited with a half-sack, upping his career total to 126 1/2, moving into a tie for 11th on the NFL list with Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas. ... Williams matched a season best by scoring his ninth TD rushing.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIA
BUF
1st Downs2320
Passing 1st downs
1311
Rushing 1st downs
98
1st downs from penalties
11
3rd down efficiency
5-133-10
4th down efficiency
1-11-1
Total Plays7057
Total Yards325336
Yards per play4.65.9
Total Drives1112
Passing168207
Comp-Att
17-3217-26
Yards per pass
5.16.5
Interceptions thrown
41
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-76-39
Rushing157129
Rushing Attempts
3725
Yards per rush
4.25.2
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-32-2
Penalties6-503-20
Turnovers41
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
41
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession31:4628:14

Passing Leaders

MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Henne17/311755.6131-7
Williams0/100.0010-0
BUFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Fitzpatrick17/262469.5116-39

Rushing Leaders

MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams271154.3111
Polite3227.3013
BUFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson15734.9211
Fitzpatrick7507.1131

Receiving Leaders

MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Fasano57414.8018
Bess33411.3015
BUFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Owens59619.2151
Jackson5438.6017

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERMIABUF
miaTD13:00Brian Hartline 4 Yard Pass From Chad Henne (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 66 yds, 4:42
70
bufTD5:32Ryan Fitzpatrick 31 Yard Run (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 85 yds, 2:03
77
THIRD QUARTERMIABUF
miaTD5:56Ricky Williams 1 Yard Run (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 16 plays, 83 yds, 9:07
147
FOURTH QUARTERMIABUF
bufTD13:55Fred Jackson 3 Yard Run (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 75 yds, 7:04
1414
bufFG3:40Rian Lindell 56 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 1 yds, 2:24
1417
bufTD2:31Terrell Owens 51 Yard Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 51 yds, 0:00
1424
bufTD1:25Fred Jackson 7 Yard Run (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 26 yds, 0:17
1431