Calm Tannehill guides Miami to win over Bills

Fri Nov 14, 2014 12:33am EST
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By Simon Evans

MIAMI (Reuters) - The Miami Dolphins took hold of second place in the AFC East after beating divisional rivals the Buffalo Bills 22-9 on Thursday.

Miami moved to a 6-4 record with the win, keeping themselves in playoff contention, while the Bills fell to 5-5. The New England Patriots lead the division on 7-2.

The Bills had won the last three meetings between the two teams but never got going against a solid Miami defense and had to settle for three field goals.

Miami's offense spluttered at times too but quarterback Ryan Tannehill, sacked five times, kept his composure and threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions on 26-of-34 passing.

The Bills led 9-3 in the third quarter before Miami scored 19 unanswered points as they took a stranglehold on the game.

Tannehill found Brandon Gibson in the end zone with a seven yard pass after a strong 80-yard drive before Bills quarterback Kyle Orton gave up a safety on an intentional grounding call.

Miami extended their lead in the fourth quarter when Tannehill found Jarvis Landry with an eight yard pass and a 32 yard Caleb Sturgis field goal wrapped up the win.

"I thought it was a good team win," said Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin.   Continued...

Nov 13, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (left) celebrates after wide receiver Jarvis Landry (right) scored a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Sun Life Stadium.  The Dolphins won 22-9.  Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports