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Vic Carucci's Points After: Dolphins 34, Bills 31 (OT)

Here's a breakdown of the Miami Dolphins' 34-31 overtime victory against the Buffalo Bills Saturday at New Era Field:

Put a fork in them: The Bills' slim playoff hopes officially died with the loss, extending the longest postseason drought in North American sports to 17 years.

So, too, possibly, is Rex Ryan's time as their coach. Stay tuned.

Player of the game: Andrew Franks. The Dolphins' kicker booted a 27-yard field goal with 47 seconds left in OT for the win. He also connected from 55 yards to tie the game at 31-31 with six seconds left in regulation.

Player of the game II: Tyrod Taylor. He had the best game of his NFL career. Taylor completed 26 of 39 passes for a career-high 329 yards (his first 300-yard game as a pro) and a career-best three touchdowns. He also led a 10-play, 89-yard scoring drive that ended with his TD throw to tight end Charles Clay to make it 31-28 with 1:20 remaining.

Play of the game: Franks' tying kick.

Was it a timeout or not? The Bills appeared to call a timeout just before Franks kicked the 55-yard field goal to tie the game at 31-31 with six seconds left in regulation. Referee Craig Wrolstad later explained that head linesman Mark Hittner didn't hear Rex Ryan call the timeout. Ryan and others on the Bills' sideline were livid, of course.

Record-setting offense: The Bills set a franchise record with 589 yards of offense. They had 317 yards passing and 272 rushing.

Keeping a positive streak alive: The Bills have rushed for a touchdown in 11 consecutive games. Their 164 rushing yards give them 2,454 for the season, the fifth-highest total in franchise history. It also is the highest total the Bills have had since 1976 (2,566).

Clay makes it three: Clay's 18-yard touchdown catch gave the Bills their first three-game touchdown streak by a tight end since Scott Chandler in 2011. It was Clay’s first three-game touchdown streak since 2013, when he was with the Dolphins.

Shady gets 13th: LeSean McCoy picked up his 13th touchdown with a 19-yard touchdown run. That tied him with Willis McGahee (2004), Travis Henry (2002) and Cookie Gilchrist (1962) for the second-most rushing touchdowns in a season.

McCoy has a touchdown in three consecutive games for the first time since 2012, when he was with the Philadelphia Eagles.

McCoy also has seven 100-yard rushing games this season, which is the most by a Bill since Willis McGahee’s seven in 2004.

Sammy gets 17th: Watkins' reception of Taylor's 38-yard scoring throw was the 17th of his career. He joins Marlin Briscoe as the second Bills receiver to generate at least that many TDs in fewer than 150 career receptions (144); Briscoe had 18 on 133.

Watkins had his 10th career 100-yard receiving game, making him the seventh Bills player to reach that mark.

Counting the house: The announced crowd was 64,690. Many seats were empty, however, as spending Christmas Eve somewhere other than New Era Field on a cloudy and not terribly cold day was clearly a more attractive idea than witnessing what ended up being a pretty entertaining game.

Up next: Time to usher in a new year, but the 2016 season will end on New Year's Day the way the 2015 campaign did: With a game against the New York Jets. This time, it will be at MetLife Stadium, with nothing on the line for either team. What happens after the season finale is anyone's guess, although signs continue to point to Ryan no longer being the head coach.

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