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Bills Continue to Fight; Top Dolphins 17-14 in Miami

The Bills may not be playing in the 2010 NFL postseason, but make no mistake, they are heads and tails a better team right now than they were when they started the season losing their first eight games.

Since then, the team has won four out of six games, and they were a dropped Steve Johnson pass away from it being five of six as they should have beaten the Steelers.

But Sunday, the team again fought hard, winning their second home game of the season, topping the rival Miami Dolphins 17-14 at Sun Life Stadium. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes, going 16-of-26 tosses for 223 yards with one interception.

“We came into this game not worried about them or what they had on the line,” Fitzpatrick said. “This was for us and for what this would do for us as a team, this win and how we are going to continue to improve for these last couple of games as well. We want to keep improving to give us momentum into the offseason.”

Johnson had 69 yards and a touchdown on six receptions for the now 4-10 Bills. Chad Henne completed 33-of-45 passes for 276 yards with one touchdown and one interception for the Dolphins (7-7), who were officially eliminated from playoff contention while falling to 1-6 at home.

Dolphins Dan Carpenter missed four field goals, including a 48-yarder that could have tied the game with under two minutes left in regulation.

Down 10 points, the Dolphins orchestrated an 11-play, 77-yard drive that ended with a nine-yard touchdown pass from Henne to Brandon Marshall with 7:02 remaining in the fourth quarter. Henne completed all eight pass attempts on the drive.

Miami got another chance when the Bills were forced to punt. Taking over with 4:31 on the clock at their own 20, the Dolphins marched to the Buffalo 30, where Carpenter’s attempt sailed wide right.

“Didn’t make enough plays,” said Miami head coach Tony Sparano. “Didn’t make any plays at all, on either side of the football. When we needed to make plays, in critical situations, we just didn’t make them well enough.”

The opening drive of the game ended with Carpenter missing another 48-yard field goal.

Henne was picked off by safety George Wilson in the waning moments of the first quarter, and the Bills converted the interception into an 18-yard touchdown pass from Fitzpatrick to rookie wideout David Nelson.

Buffalo’s lead grew to 10-0 on a 29-yard Rian Lindell field goal, but the Dolphins responded with an eight-play, 64-yard drive that Ronnie Brown capped with a six-yard dash to the end zone.

Miami looked to pull even on a 61-yard field goal, but Carpenter’s bid landed short as the first half ended. The Bills extended their lead to 17-7 on Johnson’s 15-yard touchdown catch with 6:14 remaining in the third quarter.

The Bills will be at home next Sunday to take on the Patriots.

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