Bills gut out big win in Miami, 23-21
Updated: Sunday, October 20 2013, 07:58 PM EDT
Down one, on the road in a big divisional game, time winding down in the fourth quarter. These are the types of games the Bills usually lose.
They didn't lose this one.
Dan Carpenter kicked the go-ahead field goal with 33 seconds left, and Ryan Tannehill's last second hail mary fell harmlessly to the ground, and the Bills escaped with a 23-21 win.
Buffalo trailed by one with just three minutes to go, and Miami had the ball. But Mario Williams broke through the offensive line, sacking Tannehill and forcing a fumble. Kyle Williams fell on the ball, giving the Bills possession in good field position.
Carpenter, who was released by the Dolphins in August, came on after the Bills moved the chains and kicked what proved to be the game-winner.
Bills quarterback Thad Lewis, playing for an injured EJ Manuel, wasn't great, but proved to be good enough. Lewis made some big throws to keep drives alive, including one where he lost his helmet on a big hit as he released the ball. He finished the game 21-32 for 202 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception.
Buffalo improves to 3-4, while the Dolphins drop to 3-3 with their third straight loss.
Next up for the Bills is a trip to the Superdome to play the 5-1 New Orleans Saints, who were on bye in week 7.