Bills 19, Dolphins 0

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills: Quarter-by quarter analysis

 

a1fernandez@MiamiHerald.com

First quarter

•  Impact player: With the Dolphins offense sputtering, punter Brandon Fields averaged 43.3 yards on four punts, including one to the Bills’ 5.

•  Highlights: The Dolphins return coverage team also limited Leodis McKelvin to minus-2.3 yards per return. Koa Misi and Phillip Wheeler stopped Fred Jackson on third-and-inches to force a punt.

•  Lowlights: The Dolphins were held to 15 total yards in the quarter. Bills receiver Robert Woods adjusted to an underthrown pass and caught it behind Nolan Carroll for a 57-yard pass that set up a field goal by Dan Carpenter.

SECOND quarter

•  Impact player: Bills defensive back Nickell Robey stopped Daniel Thomas for a 1-yard loss and then came in untouched on a corner blitz on the next play to sack Ryan Tannehill.

•  Highlights: After Paul Soliai put pressure on Thad Lewis, Carroll intercepted an errant pass that stymied a promising Buffalo drive and kept the score 10-0. Fields

•  Lowlights: The Dolphins inept running game didn’t help them get any closer than the Buffalo 35-yard line as Thomas was caught behind the line and thrown for a loss, which forced third-and-long that led to Robey’s sack.

THIRD quarter

•  Impact player: Following his interception in the second quarter, Carroll blitzed and sacked Lewis for a six-yard loss that eventually forced the Bills to punt on their opening drive of the half.

•  Highlights: Fields was credited for a 74-yard punt after McKelvin muffed what was originally a 56-yard effort.

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Lowlights: The Dolphins appeared to have the Bills stopped at their own 10 after Lewis came up short on third down. But Wheeler was penalized for illegal use of the hands, giving the Bills a first down that led to a 19-play, 92-yard drive that took 9:16, ending with a field goal.

FOURTH quarter

•  Impact player: Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams recorded his second sack of Tannehill, injuring him on the play. The Bills totaled seven sacks for the game.

•  Highlights: Dolphins backup quarterback Matt Moore entered the game and found Brian Hartline down the sideline for a 50-yard completion — the team’s best offensive play of the game.

•  Lowlights: On the next play, Moore threw an interception when Jim Leonhard surged in front of Charles Clay and snared the ball returning it to the Dolphins’ 48-yard line, ending Miami’s best chance at a comeback.

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