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Nick Veronica's quarterly analysis: Bills implode as injuries mount

The Bills imploded in the fourth quarter, snapping their winning streak at four games and dropping them to 1-3 against conference opponents.

Miami’s Jay Ajayi ran for 74 yards in the final quarter alone, giving him to 214 on the day – the second-most rushing yards the Bills had ever allowed (Ricky Williams had 228 yards in 2002). A late Bills touchdown made the 28-25 final score look closer than it was.

After Damien Williams scored on a 4-yard run to give Miami its first lead since 3-0, the Bills had 3:56 to go 75 yards for the game-winning touchdown. They went three-and-out with one throwaway and two incomplete passes. Marquise Goodwin was injured on the last pass, leaving Justin Hunter, Walt Powell and Brandon Tate as the team’s receivers.

The Bills took a timeout before the two-minute warning on the Dolphins’ next possession, with third and 6 upcoming. But instead of getting a big stop, Bills defensive backs Jonathan Meeks and Ronald Darby collided with each other as Kenny Stills ran free into the end zone for a 66-yard touchdown.

Too little, too late: Reggie Bush scored a touchdown with 19 seconds left, but the Bills couldn’t recover the onside kick.

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