Ryan Tannehill throws for two scores as Dolphins earn 22-9 victory over Bills
Ryan Tannehill passed for 240 yards and two touchdowns to help lift the Miami Dolphins to a 22-9 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night.
For a pair of teams that struggle in the red zone offensively, touchdowns proved to be a difficult commodity to come by.
The first touchdown of the night - with just 2:18 left in the third quarter - gave the Dolphins a 10-9 lead over Buffalo.
The Dolphins marched 80 yards on nine plays to get into the end zone for the first time on the night.
A 31-yard pass from Tannehill to Brian Hartline moved the Dolphins to the Bills 16-yard line. A gain of nine by Lamar Miller set up a 7-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill to Brandon Gibson to take the lead.
Tannehill faked a pitch to the left and rolled to his right and found Gibson wide open in the end zone. Buffalo had scored nine straight points after Caleb Sturgis’ 38-yard field goal gave Miami the early 3-0 lead.
The Dolphins extended the lead on a fairly questionable safety call by Walt Coleman’s crew.
Backed up at the 6-yard line, Bills quarterback Kyle Orton quickly passed to avoid a blitz from Miami and the ball landed out-of-bounds up the left sideline. The ball came out long before receiver Sammy Watkins made his break on a post-corner route and the throw ultimately landed in the same vicinity as Watkins, though about 8-10 yards away.
Coleman’s crew ruled it was intentional grounding. Since Orton was in the end zone when the pass was thrown, the Dolphins picked up a safety to extend the lead to 12-9.
The Bills forced a fumble on the free kick but were unable to convert the turnover into points. Dan Carpenter missed a 47-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter that would have tied the game.
Instead, the Dolphins took advantage of another poor penalty call to essentially put Buffalo away. A pass interference call against Stephon Gilmore gifted Miami another red zone opportunity. Two plays later, Tannehill connected with Jarvis Landry for an 8-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 19-9.
A 32-yard Caleb Sturgis field goal pushed the cushion to 22-9 with three minutes to play.
Mario Williams had 3.5 sacks on the night for the Bills.