Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 24-16 victory against the Miami Dolphins Sunday at New Era Field.
Stayin' alive: With LeSean McCoy making history and Tyrod Taylor returning from a knee injury to give one of his better performances of the season, the Bills remain in the playoff picture at 8-6. With 50 yards on 16 carries, McCoy became the 30th player in NFL history to reach 10,000 career rushing yards. Meanwhile, Taylor threw 224 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 42 yards.
Shady's fast run: The 2,145 carries in which McCoy reached the 10,000-yard mark are the fifth-fewest in league history behind only Jim Brown, Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders and O.J. Simpson.
McCoy's four-yard TD run on the game's opening drive made him the second active player with 80 touchdowns, 9,000 rushing yards and 3,000 receiving yards. The other was Frank Gore.
Taylor joins 50 Club: Taylor's 16-yard scoring throw to McCoy made him the sixth quarterback to have 50 TD passes for the Bills. The others are Jim Kelly, Joe Ferguson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jack Kemp and Drew Bledsoe.
Taylor's nine-yard touchdown run gave him his 10th game with a rushing and passing TD. Since 2015, he’s the third quarterback in the NFL to accomplish that in 10 games. The others are Cam Newton and Kirk Cousins.
Through the first half, Taylor hit 8,300-plus passing yards surpassed Ryan Fitzpatrick to have the third-most passing yards for a quarterback in his first three seasons with the Bills. Drew Bledsoe (10, 151) and Jim Kelly (9,771) hold the first two spots.
Counting the house: A decent crowd, though well below capacity, that sat through sub-freezing temperatures at the final home game of the season and was rewarded for it.
Up next: It's off to Foxborough, Mass., for a Christmas Eve showdown with the New England Patriots. The Bills are trying to avenge their 23-3 home loss on Dec. 3. Will they also be looking to avenge the fact Pats tight end and Western New York native Rob Gronkowski intentionally caused cornerback Tre'Davious White to suffer a concussion with a blatant cheap shot to the back of the head while White was facedown on the ground?