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Buffalo Bills stay alive in AFC playoff race with 24-16 win over Miami Dolphins

The Bills offense exploded in the first half.

The Buffalo Bills used a huge first half to put the Miami Dolphins in a hole they were unable to dig themselves out of. Buffalo (8-6) keeps pace in the AFC playoff race with a huge game against the New England Patriots on tap next week.

The Baltimore Ravens (8-6) also won their game today, so while Buffalo is technically in 6th place in the AFC, they will lose to Baltimore on a tiebreaker if both teams win out.

Tyrod Taylor finished the day with 224 yards passing and another 41 rushing with a touchdown on the ground and through the air. He was very effective in the first half but Buffalo took their foot off the gas in the second half. Charles Clay was the main beneficiary, catching five passes for 68 yards.

LeSean McCoy passed 10,000 career rushing yards during a great first half but was stymied in the second half. He had a rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown and finished with 96 yards from scrimmage.

The Bills tried to give it back to the Dolphins multiple times in the fourth quarter, with an Adolphus Washington penalty and botched onside kick recovery by Preston Brown continuing to give Miami life. Ultimately a third Jay Cutler interception sealed the deal. Tre’Davious White had the final pick while Jordan Poyer and E.J. Gaines also intercepted Cutler.