Bills hold on for 19-14 win over Miami

Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:12am EST
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(Reuters) - Miami Dolphins' rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw two late interceptions as the Buffalo Bills held on for a 19-14 win in the AFC East divisional clash on Thursday.

Miami suffered their third consecutive loss and slipped to 4-6 in the division with their playoff hopes becoming increasingly marginal.

"We had a couple of opportunities late in the game to win the game and we weren't able to get it done," Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin told reporters.

"It was not a good offensive performance, we had nothing going on, we weren't throwing the ball well, we weren't running it well," he said.

The Bills got off to the perfect start with a 79 yard punt return from Leodis McKelvin and then a 32 yard field goal from Rian Lindell making it 10-0.

The Dolphins responded with a defensive touchdown of their own, Marcus Thigpen racing 96 yards on the kick-off return to narrow the deficit.

Three field goals from Lindell gave Buffalo a 19-7 lead at halftime and while Miami's offence struggled against a solid Bills defense, the Dolphins' chances were not helped by a missed field goal attempt from 50 yards by Dan Carpenter.

Miami's offence had not managed a touchdown in over nine quarters of football but they finally ended that barren run with a two yard Tannehill pass, superbly caught in the end-zone by Davone Bess.

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Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones (20) causes Buffalo Bills wide receiver Donald Jones (19) to fumble in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game in Orchard Park, New York November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Doug Benz