Bills beat Dolphins, damage Miami playoff hopes

Updated: December 22, 2013

Orchard Park, NY ( – The Dolphins controlled their
postseason destiny entering Sunday’s action, but a second loss to the Buffalo
Bills and backup quarterback Thad Lewis has put Miami’s playoff hopes in
serious jeopardy.

Fred Jackson ran for 111 yards with a touchdown, Dan Carpenter kicked four
field goals and the Buffalo defense came up with a season-high seven sacks in
the Bills’ 19-0 triumph over the Dolphins on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Lewis, whose lone career win came in a 23-21 victory at Miami in Week 7, was
back under center with rookie EJ Manuel sidelined by a knee injury. The Duke
product threw for 193 yards with an interception for the Bills (6-9), who were
coming off a win at Jacksonville last week and have captured two in a row for
the first time this season.

Miami (8-7) had won three straight entering the contest, including a 24-20
victory over New England last Sunday. The Dolphins could have reached the
playoffs for the first time since 2008 by simply beating the Bills and Jets in
their final two games, but instead could be eliminated from postseason
contention by the end of the day.

The Dolphins’ loss also gave the Patriots the AFC East crown.