ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.- On a day when the Bills had nothing to play for besides being a spoiler for Miami's playoff chances, the defense stepped up with their best performance of season in the win over the Dolphins 19-0.
"Those guys came and they really played," said Bills head coach Doug Marrone, "it was an honor to be on that sideline and watch those guys perform."
Only one Miami possession lasted more than five plays and Buffalo did not give up a third down conversion until late in the first half. Overall the Dolphins went 2-14 on third downs.
The shutout is the Bills first since they beat the Washington Redskins 23-0 in 2011.
The Bills recorded seven sacks, bringing the team total to 56 on year. That breaks the previous single season Bills record set by the 1964 AFL title team.
"It's a nice consolation, I guess, to where we are. But I think you see today, potentially, what we can do," said Bills DT Kyle Williams about breaking the record.
DT Jerry Hughes' sack in the third quarter also made him the third Bills to register at least ten sacks this season, along with Kyle Williams and DE Mario Williams. This is the first Bills team since 1995 trio to have three players record at least ten sacks in the same season.
Jim Leonhard's interception in the fourth quarter was his fourth this season, becoming the fourth Bill to do it this season. The last time four Bills had at least four interceptions in a season was in 1965.