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These guys helped the drought finally end

NFL: Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Good God. It’s finally over. The Buffalo Bills snapped a 17-year playoff drought after their victory over the Miami Dolphins and some help on Sunday. These players’ performances over Miami helped propel the Bills to the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

Offense: RB Marcus Murphy

The newly-promoted running back held his own, especially once star running back LeSean McCoy was carted off the field early in the second half. Murphy split snaps with running back Mike Tolbert, but Murphy provided a burst of speed which Tolbert didn’t have. Murphy totaled 41 yards on seven carries and got the ball into the red zone which led to a Bills score. Murphy’s ability to step in for Shady was critical in the victory.

Defense: DT Kyle Williams

William’s stats don’t pop out, well at least not on the defensive side of the ball. Williams only totaled three tackles but caused havoc for the offensive line all day, forcing the Dolphins quarterbacks to evade pressure at all times. Williams also notched his first ever touchdown on a one-yard rush while lined up as a fullback. Jerry Hughes also provided constant pressure.

Special Teams: K Stephen Hauschka

Hauschka continues to be automatic on the season. The kicker was a perfect three-for-three on field goals with a long of 50. Punter Colton Schmidt also had a very good day flipping the field.

Honorable Mention: QB Andy Dalton

Dalton’s last-minute 49-yard touchdown pass against the Baltimore Ravens sealed the Bills spot in the playoffs. Thank you Andy. Thank you.