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MIAMI, Flo. – Quarterback Josh Allen connected with tight end Dawson Knox for a five-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, and the Buffalo Bills stole the AFC East title from the Miami Dolphins on Sunday night, winning 21 -14 in the last game of the season. Regular NFL schedule.
Nothing has been easy for Buffalo this season, but against all odds, this 11th win in its 17th game will allow Sean McDermott’s team to benefit from home field advantage next week, when the seventh-ranked Pittsburgh Steelers will be the visitors. .
It is also the Bills’ fourth consecutive division title since ending the reign of the New England Patriots, crowned all but one season between 2003 and 2019.
The Dolphins haven’t been AFC East champions in fifteen years. In 2008, they hosted a home playoff game and it hasn’t happened since.
It must be said that the Bills have accomplished a rather improbable feat by winning each of their last five games, including a success at the Kansas City Chiefs’ stadium to start the streak on December 10.
The Bills fell to a .500 record (5-5) on November 13 with a late collapse in a 24-22 loss to Denver, and head coach Sean McDermott fired offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey the next day.
Since this mistake, Buffalo has only suffered one failure. It was in overtime, 37 to 34, against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Allen completed 30 of his 38 pass attempts for 359 passing yards, while also leading his club in rushing yards (67).
“You could see that with (Josh’s) will to win tonight, he wasn’t going to accept failure,” McDermott summed up after the game about his star quarterback.
“A team, a collective effort to achieve this victory… I couldn’t be more proud of the solidarity of this group,” added the Buffalo instructor.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Dolphins started the season with the wind at their backs at 6-3. They finished the season with the same record as the Bills, but due to the tiebreaker, the Floridians fell to sixth place, forcing them not only to play the next weekend, but also to play on the road, in the noisy Chiefs stadium, ranked third.
Victims of three turnovers so far, including two interceptions by Allen, and struggling to gain offensive yards against Miami’s defensive front, the Bills picked up the pace through special teams early in the fourth quarter.
Returner Deonte Harty made his way down the middle of the field before running 96 yards to tie the game 14-14 with 13:42 left on the scoreboard.
Allen and the rest of the offensive unit seemed to be inspired by Harty’s explosive play, and on their next drive, they ran 74 yards in eight plays and controlled the ball for 4:52 to score the game-winning touchdown, Knox, which was only the second of the campaign.
This was the first time the Bills led in the matchup, after trailing 7-0 and then 14-7.
De’Avone Achane and Tyreek Hill scored big for the Dolphins.
Tua Tagovailoa had one last chance to send the game to overtime, but his midcourt pass to Chase Claypool was intercepted by Taylor Rapp with 1:13 left.
Super Bowl LVIII will be presented on Sunday, February 11 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.