Former Miami Dolphins help their old team to a win on Sunday
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins got an extra player on both sides of the ball Sunday to beat the Buffalo Bills and keep their post-season hopes alive.
On Sunday the Miami Dolphins needed every bit of the clock and every player they could get to pull out a 21-17 victory that could have easily gone the other way on multiple occasions. They even got help from two former players.
Going into Sunday the lead-up talk was all about former Dolphins defensive tackle Jordan Phillips who was released in October following a sideline incident with a coach. Phillips spent the week talking about how players who leave the Dolphins have better careers. In his first game against his old team, Phillips was out to prove himself right and in the process helped Miami win an important game.
Phillips finished the game with two tackles and one assist but it was one of those tackles that gave Miami more life.
As the fourth quarter got under way the Bills had just taken a 17-14 lead over the Dolphins and Miami began their drive at their own 25 yard line following the touchback. Miami would get a pass interference call on a deep pass to Mike Gesicki that converted a second down into a first. Then Kenyan Drake ran for 18 yards to take the ball to the Buffalo 20 yard line.
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On the following play the Bills and Jordan Phillips bottled up Drake for a four yard loss and Phillips emotions got the better of him and he was flagged for taunting which would give the Dolphins a first down on the Buffalo 11. On the next play Kalen Ballage was stopped for a two yard loss. Phillips again involved began clapping in the direction of the Dolphins bench. It did not dray a foul but he was pulled off the field by the Bills coaches. Miami would score on the next play giving them a 21 to 17 lead.
Still needing help, the Dolphins got just that from former tight-end Charles Clay.
With time running down and the Bills having just missed a field goal, the Dolphins went three and out and turned the ball back over to the Bills. The Bills drove to the Dolphins 30 yard line and faced a fourth down play.
Quarterback Josh Allen amazingly escaped Dolphins pressure and found a wide-open Charles Clay in the end-zone. The pass wobbled and was a bit short but Clay fell trying to get to the ball and while it hit his hands, he dropped what would have potentially been a game winning touchdown catch.
They say a win is a win and weeks from now no one will remember how the Dolphins won just that they did but still fresh today, the Dolphins got some help from two former players in yesterday’s win.