The Dolphins showed up in Orchard Park talking about a late-season playoff run, and when they entered the fourth quarter leading by a touchdown, those thoughts probably hadn’t changed. But the Bills were anything but done. They intercepted Chad Henne on three straight possessions to blow the game open, giving interim coach Perry Fewell his first win and sending their visitors back to Florida on a sour note.
“Our team knew exactly what was at stake when we came in here to play this ballgame,” Miami coach Tony Sparano said afterward. “We did things, quite honestly, that 3-7 teams do in the fourth quarter. I’ve got to take responsibility. It’s my fault.”
Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Bills to the win, tossing a 51-yard strike to Terrell Owens to put Buffalo ahead to stay, and also burned the Dolphin defense for a 31-yard bootleg touchdown. Fred Jackson rushed for 73 yards on 15 carries and scored twice, the first pulling the Bills into a 14-14 tie and the second adding an exclamation point to the win with 0:17 left in the game.