The Bills lost their best player in the third quarter but were still in a position to win the game thanks to a touchdown from their veteran lineman.
Running back LeSean McCoy suffered a right ankle injury after a 3-yard run and had to be carted off the field. McCoy punched the field in anger while being checked on by trainers, seeming to know his day was over. He finished with only 10 rushing yards on 11 carries while adding 22 receiving yards on two catches.
With backup running back Travaris Cadet injured last week, the Bills were down to Mike Tolbert and Marcus Murphy in the backfield, along with fullback Patrick DiMarco. Murphy was promoted from the practice squad earlier in the week and entered the game with only one career carry, in 2015.
LeSean McCoy carted off the field after this tackle from Chase Allen. Shady is questionable to return with an ankle injury. pic.twitter.com/2iESLUiazR
— Prescott Rossi (@PrescottRossi) December 31, 2017
Still, the Bills led 19-3 after three quarters thanks to a 1-yard touchdown from 12-year veteran Kyle Williams, whom coach Sean McDermott lined up as a fullback. It was the first career touchdown for the defensive tackle. The Bills failed on the two-point conversion run. The Dolphins got on the scoreboard with a 36-yard field goal late in the quarter.
Scoreboard watch: After three quarters, the Ravens were trailing the Bengals 24-17, the Titans led the Jags 15-3 and the Chargers led the Raiders 30-10.