NFL Game Summary - Miami at Buffalo|
(Sunday, September 12th)
Final Score: Miami 15, Buffalo 10
Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - Ronnie Brown ran for Miami's only
touchdown, as the Dolphins opened the season with a 15-10 victory over the
Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Brown finished with 65 yards on 13 carries and Ricky Williams added 62 yards
on 18 attempts for Miami (1-0), which followed up a surprising AFC East title
in 2008 with a 7-9 mark last season. Chad Henne completed 21-of-34 passes for
182 yards in the victory, the first for the Dolphins in a season-opener since
"I think one of the things you want to see is bringing a young group into this
kind of environment, get into one of these physical deals and see if you hit
back, and I thought we did," Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano said.
Trent Edwards threw for 139 yards on 18-of-34 passing with a fourth-quarter
touchdown for Buffalo (0-1), which suffered its fifth straight losing season
in 2009 with a 6-10 mark and hired Chan Gailey as its new head coach this
The Dolphins opened a 13-3 lead with just over 9 1/2 minutes left in the
contest after a 43-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter, but Buffalo responded
with an 80-yard drive for a touchdown. Edwards finished the 10-play series
against a Miami prevent defense with a 31-yard scoring strike to Roscoe
Parrish on 4th-and-11.
With just over five minutes left, the Miami offense picked up a pair of first
downs before punting the ball back to Buffalo and Brandon Fields' kick was
downed at the one-yard line.
The Bills were unable to escape the shadow of their own goal line and snapped
the ball out of the end zone on fourth down to give Miami a safety.
"It gave us a better chance to win the game," Gailey said of taking the
safety. "If we give it to them there, in my opinion, there's no chance to
The Dolphins recovered the ensuing free kick, but were unable to pick up a
first down and punted the ball back to the Bills with less than 30 seconds to
Edwards misfired on three straight passes before time ran out following a
Miami's defense limited Buffalo to 166 total yards and just nine first downs.
Bills' first-round pick C.J. Spiller started in the backfield, but was a non-
factor with just six yards on seven carries. He also caught four passes for
Miami's new offensive acquisition, receiver Brandon Marshall, hauled in eight
passes for 53 yards.
The Bills went three-and-out to start the game, with the help of a third-down
sack by new Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby, and the Miami offense marched
37 yards on nine plays for a 32-yard Carpenter field goal.
After a series of punts, the Dolphins drove 65 yards on 11 plays for the
game's first touchdown. An 11-yard run by Brown on a draw play converted 3rd-
and-10 to keep the series alive and Henne threw a perfect pass to tight end
Anthony Fasano for 21 yards to set up Brown's dive over the top of the pile
from a yard away to make it 10-0 just under four minutes into the second
Carpenter followed with a kickoff out of bounds, giving the Bills possession
at their own 40, and Buffalo drove far enough for a 51-yard Rian Lindell field
goal to get on the board. Miami came back with a six-minute drive, but it
stalled and Carpenter misfired on a 46-yard field goal just 16 seconds before
Time appeared to run out in the half after the Bills completed a pass to the
Miami 45, but Buffalo was granted a timeout and Lindell came up short on a 63-
yard field goal try.
Neither team threatened in a scoreless third quarter, but the Bills had a
potential drive thwarted by a huge penalty. After a 31-yard pass appeared to
give Buffalo a first down at the Miami 29, a holding penalty negated the gain
and the Bills were eventually forced to punt.
The Bills managed just 50 yards on the ground, while the Dolphins piled up 132
rushing yards...Miami converted 8-of-18 third downs, while Buffalo was just 3-
of-14 on third down...The Dolphins had lost five straight at Ralph Wilson
Stadium, last winning at the building in 2003. Miami did win a road game
against Buffalo in 2008 with the contest played at the Rogers Centre in
Toronto...The Dolphins improved to 5-3 in season-openers against Buffalo. The
teams last played to start a season in 1991 -- a 35-31 Bills win in Orchard
Park...Miami played without linebacker Channing Crowder, who did not travel
with the team because of a groin injury.
09/12 19:11:21 ET