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Third quarter analysis: Bills offense scores twice, but defense can't get a stop

The Bills defense stayed in the holiday spirit in the third quarter and handed out even more gifts to the Dolphins, who scored on both of their possessions.

On the Dolphins’ first drive after halftime, cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman whiffed on a tackle that allowed DeVante Parker to run free for a 56-yard touchdown.

On their second drive, it was cornerback Stephon Gilmore who failed to commit to a tackle on a screen pass to running back Damien Williams. Williams rumbled for a 44-yard gain that set up Matt Moore’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills.

The Bills’ offense, meanwhile, did all it could to keep the game competitive, driving for touchdowns on both of its possessions. Pro Bowler LeSean McCoy scored his seventh touchdown in the last six games to respond after Parker’s touchdown. He gained 94 yards on 13 carries through three quarters.

Tyrod Taylor hit tight end Charles Clay for an 18-yard touchdown on their next drive after connecting with Sammy Watkins for 53 yards. Clay ran over safety Isa Abdul-Quddus on the way to the end zone, giving him his third touchdown in three games since the first of his first child.

Bingo! The Bills went offside on the second-half kickoff, completing a line on their futility bingo board.

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