MIAMI (AP) - Reggie Bush caught two touchdown passes and scored on a short run Sunday to help the Miami Dolphins beat the Bills 24-10.
Six minutes after they won, the Dolphins (7-8) were eliminated from playoff contention when Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh.
The Bills (5-10) came into the game assured of missing the playoffs for the 13th consecutive year. Bills head coach Chan Gailey is now sitting on one of the hottest seats in the NFL. He was asked if he thought about it after the game. "No, I worry about getting better and playing to our abilities which we haven't done and that's my responsibliity to get that done. So, we're not there, I think we have a chance but we're not there. Guys didn't quit fighting. Like I said we gave up too much too early. We had too much to overcome. I don't think we weren't competitive. I think we competed."
The most interesting tweet of the day came from Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas who tweeted "can't share the news I just got... But it is ON....And yes... It involves the Bills....". Thomas did reply to a text from Two On Your Side's Stu Boyar and said he couldn't explain what he meant by that tweet.
While Bush led an efficient offense, safety Reshad Jones recovered two fumbles and made an interception at the Miami 1 with 71 seconds left to seal the victory.
One of the players who had a horrible day was Stevie Johnson. The wide receiver fumbled and couldn't hang on to what would have been a game tieing touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick. Johnson said: "Today me. I'm the reason for it today.
I'm one of the playmakers on this team and I didn't make the plays so I'll take the blame on this one. I can't say anything about anybody else. Our defense stepped up and played a very good game but then that's when its on me to make those plays and I didn't."
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was especially discouraged by the performance of the Bills offense. "Especially the first half. That was as poor as we've played offensively since I've been here just in terms of made a couple of plays but had fumbles, false starts, a lot of different things that you can't have if you want to be a good football team."
Running back C.J. Spiller said the Bills have to earn respect. "We just came into this game playing for pride and respect. We would have loved to have swept these guys you know a division opponent, a rivalry that goes way back and its going to continue to get better so but we definitely weren't coming in trying to make a statement. We were just trying to gain the respect that we know we don't have right now."
The Dolphins stymied Buffalo's offense playing with a patchwork secondary that included starting cornerback Dimitri Patterson, acquired Tuesday after being waived by Cleveland.
Bush's first TD catches of the season covered 17 and 12 yards.
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