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G14: Dolphins 30, Buffalo 23 (Final): "Reg-gie! Reg-gie!" Bush's 203 rushing yards power Miami. Big day for Dolphins -- 2011 team and also 1972 Perfectos

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G14: DOLPHINS 30, BUFFALO 23: Final: Big day for the Miami Dolphins as the 2011 team scores a nice road win in Buffalo, while a loss by previously unbeaten Green Bay preserves -- once again -- the Perfect Season distinction of the 1972 team. Today's three stars for Miami: Reggie Bush with 203 yards rushing, the fourth highest total in club history; Matt Moore with another strong game (122.3 pass rating and two TDs); and Vontae Davis with a pair of interceptions. ..... 4Q: Bills with a FG and within 30-23 inside of 2 minutes. Need another successful onside kick and a prayer. Got neither. ..... Buffs recover onside kick. Anthony Fasano on the oops muff. ..... Bills within 30-20 on Derek Hagan 2-yard TD pass from Fitzpatrick's beard. ..... Reggie Bush busts a 76-yard TD run to give him 203 yards rushing for the day and 973 for the season. Only other Dolphins RBs to top 200Y rushing in a game were Ricky Williams (twice in 2002) and Lamar Smith (in 2000 playoffs). ..... C.J. Spiller 3-yard TD pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick's beard, but two-point conversion pass fails so it's 23-13. ..... Another red-zone fizzle and a third short Carpenter FG makes it 23-7. With finishing power this could be a 35-7 rout right now. ..... 3Q: Brandon Marshall loses fumble after catch; actually ball was stripped/snatched from him. That's three turnovers for each team. ..... Vontae Davis with his second INT of the game! ..... Reshad Jones intercepts deflected pass. Ryan Fitzpatrick: Bad beard, and bad luck, too. ..... Matt Moore hits Brandon Marshall in stride for 65-yard scoring play and a now comfier 20-7 lead. Puts Marshall over the 1,000-yard mark for the year. What was I thinking in picking Buffalo? Can I get a do-over?. ..... Half: I feel like Miami controlled that first half but two red-zone fizzles kept the lead nervous/narrow. Two stats jump out. Reggie Bush having another big game with 81 yards rushing on 15 carries. And Brandon Marshall targeted four times but has zero catches. ..... 2Q: Bills botch a 25-yard FG try wide left as half ends. ..... Matt Moore loses fumble when hit as Miami driving near Buffs 10-yard line. Bush should have recovered but thought it was an incomplete pass. ..... Vontae Davis interception sets up Miami at Buffs 25 but yet another red-zone fizzle leads to another chip-shot Carpenter kick and 13-7 lead. Ryan Fitzpatrick, being pressured, threw a pass nearly as awful as his beard. Oh, while I think of it: Could someone please ask Brandon Marshall to quit dropping touchdown passes. ..... Dolphs up 10-7 on Dan Carpenter 20-yard kick, mid-quarter, after drive stalls. An impressive drive it was, spiced by Brian Hartline's nice 31-yard catch and a 28-yard run in which Reggie Bush faked out defender George Wilson something awful. (George might want to avoid watching ESPN SportsCenter tonight. .....  Miami knots it 7-7 on first play of second period, and I do declare that scoring toss by Matt Moore was as gorgeous a pass as you'll see, falling to Anthony Fasano in perfect stride. That's five TD catches for Fasano, having a nice season after a slow, underutilized start. ..... 1Q: Reggie Bush loses fumble (it's turnover weather), and soon after Buffs up 7-0 on C.J. Spiller 24-yard scoring dash. First 1Q TD allowed by Miami defense in nine games. ..... Snow flurries! Football weather! ..... Sittin' here wondering if Todd Bowles will be as overtly excited about field goals as Tony Sparano was. ..... Original post: This marks the 1aa1dolbilldebut of interim coach Todd Bowles, who'll get three games in place of fired Tony Sparano before the team pretends like he is a serious fulltime candidate, does the token-interview dance and then hires a bigger name guy. Bowles is pictured at left, along with Brian Billick, one 1aa1dolbillbowles 1aa1dolbillbrianof the many men likelier to get the job. Only a month ago, on Nov. 20, the Dolphins throttled the Buffs in Miami, 35-8, after which Yeremiah Bell said the Bills laid down, quit, gave up. Oooh, thems fightin' words! If team lockerrooms actually had bulletin boards, this is bulletin board material. See, professional athletes are cute. They get all sensitive and defensive if you question anything that has to do with their manhood or heart. This sense of retribution, along with temps in the wintry 30s joining Miami's 1-5 road record to form a sizable home-field factor, is partly why I see a Dolphins loss today. I also think the firing of Sparano, unpopular within the team, will not provide a positive bounce. QB Matt Moore (mild concussion) is scheduled to start, but give me the Williams anyway. Pick: Bills, 20-17. Below: Remembering when Dolphins-Bills was a vibrant rivalry between playoff regulars and almost always a meaningful game, once upon a time...

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