The Miami Dolphins (3-3) record their third consecutive defeat as Dan Carpenter and the Buffalo Bills (3-4) storm into Sun Life Stadium securing a 23-21 victory on Sunday.
Carpenter, who was waived by the Dolphins at the end of preseason, returned to Miami in victorious fashion with a game-winning 31-yard field goal with 31 seconds remaining in the game.
With that, Miami still had time to play with.
After a tremendous kick return by Marcus Thigpen on the ensuing kickoff, second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill had another opportunity to lead his team down the field — similar to last week’s defeat against the Baltimore Ravens — but came up short of the end zone once again and didn’t allow Caleb Sturgis to kick a field goal.
Tannehill, who was sacked for the 26th time this season, had trouble possessing football when it mattered. In spite of a three-touchdown performance, Tannehill also gave the ball away twice, including a 31-yard interception return for a touchdown by Buffalo’s rookie cornerback Nickell Robey in the first quarter and strip-fumble sack by Mario Williams with less than two minutes remaining in the game.
Despite the defeat, Miami did have some promising drives in the second and third quarter capped off with scores from tight end Charles Clay (1) and wide receiver Brandon Gibson (2). But Miami’s defense had multiple costly penalties.
First-year linebacker Jelani Jenkins, Danell Ellerbe’s current replacement, roughed Buffalo’s Thad Lewis that allowed the Bills to extend the drive and add a field goal by Carpenter to put them within one.