National Football League
         === Dolphins knocked out of playoff contention despite win ===
 Miami, FL (Sports  Network) - The Miami Dolphins kept their slim playoff hopes
 alive  Sunday  with a  24-10 win  over the  Buffalo Bills,  but the window was
 slammed shut only a few minutes later.
 Moments  after  the Dolphins  finished off their  second straight victory, the
 Cincinnati  Bengals ended Miami's faint postseason chances  with a last-second
 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
 The  Dolphins  (7-8) needed to  finish in a  three-way tie with Cincinnati and
 Pittsburgh  at 8-8  to claim the AFC's  final wild card spot. A Pittsburgh win
 would  have kept Miami alive heading into next week's regular-season finale at
 New England.
 Instead,  Cincinnati wrapped up the last spot and it will be a fourth straight
 non-playoff  season for  the Dolphins,  who prevailed  Sunday thanks  to three
 touchdowns from Reggie Bush.
 Bush  ran for  65 yards with a  touchdown on 19 carries and caught four passes
 for 42 yards with two scores in the victory. Ryan Tannehill completed 13-of-25
 passes for 130 yards and added 44 yards on the ground. Miami finished with 182
 yards rushing, led by rookie Lamar Miller's 73 yards on 10 attempts.
 "Everyone  was focused on getting a win because that's what we could control,"
 Bush said. "We got the job done."
 Buffalo  turned the ball over four times, the first three leading to 17 points
 for Miami. The fourth ended Buffalo's final drive in the fourth quarter at the
 Miami goal line.
 The Bills (5-10) have dropped three in a row and will finish with double-digit
 losses for the fourth straight year.
 C.J.  Spiller ran for 138 yards for Buffalo and Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 240
 yards with a fourth-quarter touchdown.
 Fitzpatrick's  2-yard  TD pass  to Brad  Smith with  8:52 remaining pulled the
 Bills  within two scores and Buffalo followed with a march to the Miami one to
 make  things  interesting, but  Reshad Jones made  a leaping interception with
 1:14 remaining to seal the contest.
 Jones  also  recovered a pair  of fumbles for a  Miami defense that had forced
 just one turnover in the previous seven games.
 After the Dolphins' first possession of the game ended in a blocked field goal
 by  Alex Carrington, Buffalo  quickly moved the other way and had a first down
 at the Miami 30. Stevie Johnson then fumbled after a catch inside the 20.
 Jones  scooped up  the loose  ball and  his 24-yard  return gave  the Dolphins
 possession at their own 38. Tannehill followed by leading the offense 62 yards
 for  a touchdown,  finishing the series with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Bush.
 Bush  took a short toss and sprinted toward the end zone, reaching the ball to
 the  pylon as he  appeared to step out of bounds inside the five. The play was
 reviewed and upheld.
 A  career-long 62-yard  run by Spiller in  the second quarter set up a 42-yard
 Rian  Lindell field  goal to get Buffalo  on the board. The Bills nearly had a
 touchdown  on the play after Spiller's big run, but Johnson was unable to hold
 on to a pass in the end zone.
 The  Dolphins  crossed midfield on  each of  their next two possessions before
 punting, then drove 65 yards on five plays for a touchdown in the final minute
 of  the  first half.  Tannehill keyed the  set with a  30-yard pass to Rishard
 Matthews,  then raced 31 yards down the right sideline on the next play to set
 up Bush's 1-yard TD run for a 14-3 advantage.
 "We  just gave up too much, too early," Bills head coach Chan Gailey said. "We
 fought,  but we didn't  execute well enough early in the game. We had too much
 to overcome in the end."
 Buffalo's  initial possession of the third quarter ended in similar fashion to
 its  first series  of the game, as  tight end Dorin Dickerson fumbled in Miami
 territory after a catch.
 The  Dolphins recovered at  their own 36 and went 64 yards the other way for a
 touchdown.  Miller broke  off a 28-yard run  on the first play and Bush capped
 the  10-play drive  with a 12-yard touchdown reception, getting both feet down
 on a perfect fade pass from Tannehill.
 Cameron Wake then stripped Fitzpatrick a few moments later and Jones recovered
 the  fumble, setting up Nate Kaeding's 45-yard field goal for a 24-3 edge with
 4:17  left in  the third. Kaeding signed earlier this week after Dan Carpenter
 was placed on injured reserve.
                                   Game Notes
 The Dolphins finished 5-3 at home, while Buffalo was 2-6 on the road ... Miami
 converted  7-of-14 third downs ... The Bills had 11 penalties for 93 yards and
 the  Dolphins  were penalized three  times for only  25 yards ... Spiller, who
 notched his fifth 100-yard game of the season, became the first Bill to record
 100  yards  from scrimmage in  10 games since  Thurman Thomas in 1992. Spiller
 also  became the first  Bill since Travis Henry in 2003 to surpass 1,500 yards
 from  scrimmage in  a season ... Carrington has three blocked field goals this
 season,  the most for a Bill since Bruce Smith blocked three in 1996 ... Bills
 tight  end Scott Chandler  suffered a knee injury after a 25-yard catch on the
 team's  first series and did not return. His backup, Dickerson, was carted off
 in  the fourth quarter with a right leg injury ... Miami gained a split of the
 season series and has won seven of the last 10 meetings. The Bills, who earned
 a 19-14 win in Buffalo last month, last swept the series in 2007.
 12/23 19:18:47 ET

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