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Game Recap: Dolphins 30, Bills 23
Posted By Jesse Agler On December 18, 2011 @ 4:32 pm In Football | No Comments
Reggie Bush cemented his status not only as an every-down back, but as one of the stars of the 2011 NFL season, as the Dolphins (5-9) completed the season sweep of the Bills (5-9) thanks to a 30-23 win at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Bush finished the day with 203 yards rushing, the most of his career, the most by a Dolphin since 2002 (Ricky Williams 216 vs. the Bears), and the third most in a regular season game in franchise history (Williams, 228 at Buffalo in 2002).
The final score ended up being closer than it probably should have after the Bills mounted a late game mini-rally that included a recovered onside kick that was sandwiched between a Ryan Fitzpatrick TD pass and a Dave Rayner field goal.
Rayner played a notable role in this one, too–he missed a 25-yard chip shot right before halftime that could have made things far more interesting down the stretch.
QB Matt Moore returned from the concussion he suffered last week vs. Philadelphia to complete just 10 passes–but two of the 10 were for touchdowns (22 yards to Anthony Fasano in the 2nd quarter and 65 yards to Brandon Marshall in the 3rd).
Marshall’s three catches for 84 yards means he has gone over 1,000 yards receiving (1,021) for the second straight season–the first Dolphin receiver to have back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons since Irving Fryar in 1993 and 1994. Bush, meanwhile, is just 27 yards away from his first-career 1,000 yard rushing season.
The Dolphins defense contributed three takeaways in the game, as Vontae Davis picked Fitzpatrick off twice and Reshad Jones added another as the secondary responded to their former position coach, Todd Bowles, who wins his first game as an NFL head coach.
The Fins now head into a short week as they prepare for a Christmas Eve match-up at New England.
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