The Miami Dolphins had their worst showing of the season in their biggest game of the year, losing 56-26 to the Buffalo Bills to get eliminated from playoff contention.
A win would have given Miami (10-6) a playoff berth. Instead, the team’s season is now over after a 28-14 victory for the Indianapolis Colts over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Bills (13-3), who already entered Sunday as AFC East champions, played their starters in the first half and raced to a 28-6 lead at the break. Quarterback and MVP candidate Josh Allen completed 18 of his 25 passes for 224 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in a dazzling display.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins offense was seemingly out of sync from the start and never got into a groove. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa struggled, throwing three interceptions while completing 35 of his 58 passes for 361 yards and a touchdown.
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Whereas fellow Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has has replaced Tagovailoa off the bench multiple times this season, he was not available for Miami due to a positive COVID-19 test earlier in the week.