The Buffalo Bills' primary objective in the final 15 minutes was to run out the clock on a victory necessary to keep their playoff hopes alive. A boring quarter of football would have sufficed.
But the Miami Dolphins made things interesting by scoring twice and drawing close enough to attempt an onside kick in the final minute. Things got even more interesting when middle linebacker Preston Brown — who is apparently on the Bills' "hands" team — booted the ball and Dolphins punter Matt Haack recovered, but Jay Cutler was still the Dolphins' quarterback, and he promptly threw an interception to Tre'Davious White to end the game.
The Bills had enough points win despite gaining only 28 yards of offense in the fourth quarter. They improved to 8-6, keeping pace with the Ravens for the final wild-card spot and winning eight of their first 14 games for only the third time over the drought. They also did it in 2014 when they finished 9-7 but were out of wild-card contention, and in 2004, when they lost the finale to Steelers' backups to miss the playoffs.
Taylor ties marks: The win was Taylor's 21st with the Bills, which passed Ryan Fitzpatrick and tied Doug Flutie for fifth on the team's all-time list. It was also Taylor's 14th win at New Era Field, which tied him with Tom Brady and Drew Bledsoe for the most wins in the Bills' stadium since Brady began playing in 2001.