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ORCHARD PARK, NY (AP) – Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills didn’t want to get into the playoffs while they ended the St John Dolphins’ odds.
In a game at the end of the season in which the Dolphins had far more influence on the result, the Bills put an empathic stamp on their breakthrough year with a 56:26 win on Sunday. With the second seed of the AFC, Buffalo will play its first playoff game in 24 years against the Indianapolis Colts trained by Frank Reich next weekend.
Rich is the former Bills backup that led Buffalo 28 years ago to hit a 32-point deficit in a 41:38 overtime win over the Houston Oilers in what remains the biggest comeback in NFL history represents.
For St John, coach Brian Flores and the Dolphins left the defeat on the outside by missing the opportunity to only win their first post-season berth in 18 years. Instead of running their own business by securing a playoff spot with a win, the Dolphins’ postseason ended with the Colts taking number 7 by defeating Jacksonville.
“We’re just worried today, there’s my mind – our performance today. It’s all about nothing, ”said Flores. “It wasn’t good enough. At the moment I’m disappointed that we didn’t play well today. “
Not even close.
The Dolphins (10-6) didn’t get the results they needed earlier the day after Cleveland beat Pittsburgh and Baltimore against Cincinnati. And the team broke up in all three phases when it was exposed by a Bills team that showed no signs of scooping the second highest points in team history.
After falling 3-0 back on Jason Sanders’ 49-yard field goal, Buffalo scored four goals in the second quarter and built a 28-6 lead at halftime. And the bills didn’t let up in the second half.
Rather than relying on Cleveland to beat Pittsburgh, Buffalo completed the AFC’s No. 2 playoff seed in victory.
“It just goes to show that this is another Buffalo Bills soccer team. We don’t have to get on anyone’s back, ”said Dion Dawkins. “That’s all we do. And it feels good to toss that front door out and sweep the east. “
Allen threw three touchdown passes and Isaiah McKenzie hit three times, including a return of a punt return 84 yards. Defense even came on the scoreboard when Josh Norman returned the first of three interceptions from Tua Tagovailoa 16 yards for a touchdown.
Allen finished the first half at 18 of 25 for 224 yards before being replaced by Matt Barkley. Allen increased his total to 4,544 yards to beat Drew Bledsoe’s 2002 record of 4,359 in one season.
Buffalo posted a franchise record with 13 wins set in both 1990 and 1991, while also ending the division rivals’ first season.
The young, rebuilt dolphins may have taken double-digit wins for the second time in eleven years, but lagged far behind in Buffalo.
“Nobody wants to be beaten like that,” said Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard.
“You have a lot of weapons. Josh Allen, man, is a great quarterback who does some great things with the people he has around him, ”he added. “I have a feeling we have something here. Everyone believes in Flores. Although we came up short, I have a feeling that the future is bright for us. “
Maybe not that bright with quarterback yet.
Tagovailoa finished 35 of 58 for 361 and three interceptions – one more than in the entire season – over a period of four possessions in the second half.
He ended the season on a 6-3 record and didn’t have Ryan Fitzpatrick to save him as the veteran did when he took St John to a 26:25 last-minute win in Las Vegas last weekend. Fitzpatrick didn’t travel with the team after testing positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.
“We didn’t want to go under like that. There is a lot to learn, ”said Tagovailoa. “All I can do is keep growing, keep getting better.”
The normally strong defense of the Dolphins, who led the game and led the NFL at just 18.8 points per game, instead allowed for the fourth highest points in franchise history, including the playoffs.
The Bills backups on the offensive were combined for three touchdowns in the second half. Rookie Runs Back Antonio Williams scored two TDs on his NFL debut the day after he was called up by Buffalo’s training team.
Barkley went 6 of 13 for 164 yards, including a 56-yard TD pass to Gabriel Davis and an interception.
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Howard set a season franchise record on his tenth interception by picking up Barkley in the third quarter. Howard hit Dick Westmoreland’s team record in 1967 and became the first NFL player to have 10 interceptions in a season since Antonio Cromartie had so many with the Chargers in 2007.
Dolphins: season over.
Bills: Face the Colts to prepare for the first playoff game since the 30:27 wildcard loss to Jacksonville and the final game for Hall of Famer quarterback Jim Kelly on December 28, 1996.
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