Buffalo Bills defensive back Nickell Robey (37) is congratulated by Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (99) after Robey intercepted a pass and scored a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Defense Anchors Comeback Win In Miami
Miami, FL (WBEN) The rivalry between Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins has lost much of its luster since Jim Kelly and Dan Marino used to square off but the Bills at 2-4 needed the win to get back into the AFC East race and were hoping that Miami native, Thad Lewis could help them get that victory but it was the defense that answered the call.
The Bills’ defense got things going early as Miami quarterback, Ryan Tannehill faced a third and six when his pass intended for Brandon Gibson was intercepted by Nickell Robey who returned it 19 yards for the opening score.
Lewis, who was starting his second game for the Bills and just the third of his career in his home town was sacked on Buffalo’s first offensive play. A few plays later, Fred Jackson took a screen pass on 3rd and 15 gains 21 comes down holding his left knee. He was able to walk off and return to the game, scoring on the Bills’ next drive from three yards out to increase the Buffalo lead to 14-0.
The Dolphins drove to Bills’ 17 yard line but Tannehill intercepted again, this time by Aaron Williams at the Buffalo one yard line.
The Miami offense got things going when Lamar Miller popped a 30 yard gain, which was followed up by a reverse by receiver, Mike Wallace for 12 which took them to the Bills’ 20 yard line. That drive was punctuated by a scoring catch by tight end, Charles Clay to cut the Bills’ lead in half at 14-7.
Lewis suffered an interception when his pass for Stevie Johnson intended for Johnson was taken away by the Dolphins. That turnover though resulted in no Miami points after kicker, Caleb Sturgis missed on a 51-yard attempt.
The Bills took over and former Dolphin kicker, Dan Carpenter hit from 39 yards out to increase the Bills’ lead to 17-7. Buffalo ground game held in check in the first half. Frank Summers leading rusher as Buffalo only managed 33 yards rushing during the first 30 minutes.
The Dolphins gained some confidence in the second half as Tannehill hit Mike Wallace for a 46-yard gain which opened the door for the go-ahead score by Bandon Gibson on a 13-yard scoring pass to trim the Buffalo lead to 17-14.
Gibson later got his second score of the game to give the Dolphins a 21-17 lead to cap an 11 play, 66 yard drive.
Buffalo answered with a 15-play, 75 yard drive but had to settle for a 20-yard kick from Carpenter to close the gap to 21-20.
Both defenses stepped their games and forced punts on consecutive possessions. The Bills got the biggest break of the game when Kyle Williams recovered a Tannehill fumble at the Miami after Mario Williams got his 10th sack of the year as well as the strip. The Bills were able to move the ball down field and got within range for a 31-yard, kick for Carpenter who put the icing on the win against his former team.