Buffalo has a shot to secure the No. 2 seed for the upcoming AFC playoffs with a win, or a loss by the Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3) to the Cleveland Browns (10-5). The Bills and Steelers are currently tied for second in the conference, but the Bills have the head-to-head tiebreaker after defeating the Steelers 26-15 in Week 14.
Thanks to their 38-9 trouncing of the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football in Week 16, the Bills are guaranteed of finishing no worse than third in the AFC.
By locking up the No. 2 seed, the Bills could potentially have at least two home playoff games, and would not have to play the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs until the AFC championship round, should both teams advance.
A Buffalo win would also match the franchise record for wins in a season—equaling the 1990 and 1991 teams that made it to the Super Bowl. Additionally, by squishing the Fish, Buffalo would go 6-0 against their divisional foes for the first time in franchise history.
Sunday’s matchup will be the 114th meeting all-time between the Bills and Dolphins, with Miami leading the all-time series 61-51-1. As of late, the Bills have had the Dolphins’ number, winning six of the last seven meetings and 11 of the last 15 going back to the 2013 season.
Quarterback Josh Allen brings a 4-1 record into Sunday’s matchup, accumulating 17 total touchdowns (14 passing and three rushing) to go with only three interceptions.
With 4,320 passing yards, Allen needs only 40 more passing yards to overtake Drew Bledsoe for the most passing yards in franchise history. Bledsoe set the mark with 4,359 passing yards during the 2002 season.
The Bills earned a 31-28 victory over the Dolphins in Week 2 in South Beach on Sept. 20 as Allen completed 24 of 35 passes for 415 yards with four touchdowns, earning AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs hauled in eight passes for 153 yards with a touchdown, John Brown caught four passes for 82 yards with a score, and Gabriel Davis and Reggie Gilliam each added receiving touchdowns in the win.
Buffalo, which is currently listed as a three-point favorite, will wear blue jerseys with white pants and white helmet vs. Miami. Here are all the ways to catch Sunday’s game from home:
Date: Sunday, January 3, 2021
Time: 1 p.m. EST
Channel: The game will be carried locally on CBS on WIVB 4 and CFTO 9 in Buffalo, WIVB 4 and WROC 8 in Rochester, WTVH 5 in Syracuse and Utica, WKTV 2 in Syracuse, Utica, and Albany, WBNG 12 in Syracuse, Binghamton, and Elmira, WRGB 6 in Utica and Albany, WCWN 45 in Albany and WENY 36-2 in Elmira. View the broadcast map.
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Trent Green (analyst) and Melanie Collins (sideline reporter).
Location: Bills Stadium | Orchard Park, NY
Radio: WGR 550 AM (Buffalo), WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM (Rochester), Fan 590 AM (Toronto), WKRL 100.9 FM and 106.5 FM (Syracuse), and the rest of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.
Radio Play-by-Play: John Murphy and Steve Tasker with sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.
Online: NFL Game Pass, NFL.com Game Center
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- Ruled out: WR Cole Beasley (knee), TE Reggie Gilliam (knee/ hamstring).
- Will play: WR John Brown (ankle), OL Jon Feliciano (illness).
- Questionable: WR Jakeem Grant (ankle), OL Solomon Kindley (knee/ foot), DE Shaq Lawson (shoulder), WR DeVante Parker (hamstring)
- Will play: OL Ereck Flowers (ankle), S Kavon Frazier (shoulder), TE Mike Gesicki (shoulder), CB Xavien Howard (shoulder), S Bobby McCain (ankle), CB Jamal Perry (foot), LB Kyle Van Noy (hip).