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                  === Bills hold on to take down Dolphins ===
 Orchard  Park, NY  (Sports Network) - Leodis McKelvin returned a punt 79 yards
 for  a  touchdown, Rian Lindell kicked  four field goals and the Buffalo Bills
 posted  a 19-14  victory over the Miami  Dolphins in a battle between AFC East
 rivals at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
 Ryan Fitzpatrick had 168 passing yards and C.J. Spiller totaled 91 yards on 22
 carries  for the  Bills  (4-6), who  snapped a  three-game  losing streak  and
 notched their first win against a division opponent in four tries this season.
 Miami  rookie  Ryan Tannehill threw  a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Davone
 Bess,  but was  picked off twice in  the game's final two minutes, sealing the
 Dolphins' (4-6) third straight loss.
 Bess  was initially  ruled out of bounds  after making a 2-yard catch on third
 down  with  8:42 remaining. However, the  call was reversed via replay, giving
 Miami life.
 The  Dolphins defense then forced a punt, but Shawn Powell pinned the visitors
 inside their own one. On the first play following the 2-minute warning, Jairus
 Byrd made a diving interception at his own 35-yard line.
 Miami  used  all three of its  timeouts and got  the ball back after forcing a
 three-and-out.  Tannehill  hit Bess  on a  crossing pattern  on first down and
 another completion to Rishard Matthews moved the ball across midfield.
 But  the  Dolphins' momentum was thwarted  when Brian Hartline was flagged for
 offensive  pass interference.  On the next play, Bryan Scott picked off a pass
 intended for Bess.
 "It was not a good offensive performance. We had nothing going on," said Miami
 coach Joe Philbin.
 After  the  Dolphins went  three-and-out  on  the game's  opening  possession,
 McKelvin  went untouched  down the left sideline as he returned the subsequent
 punt for a touchdown.
 Following  another three-and-out, Miami's third possession began with Hartline
 losing  a fumble after a 17-yard reception. The Bills capitalized by extending
 their lead on Lindell's 32-yard field goal.
 Buffalo's  inability to reach the end zone represented a first-half trend. The
 Bills made three additional trips into the red zone and each time they settled
 for three points.
 "If  we  had gotten touchdowns, it  wouldn't have been that close," said Bills
 coach Chan Gailey.
 Following  Lindell's  first field goal,  the Dolphins responded on the ensuing
 kickoff when Marcus Thigpen returned it 96 yards to trim the deficit to 10-7.
 Lindell  also  connected from 34,  42 and  19 yards to  put Buffalo up 19-7 at
 Held  to 50 yards in the opening half, the Dolphins finally moved into Buffalo
 territory  with  three-plus minutes remaining  in the third quarter. The drive
 stalled  at the 32-yard  line and Dan Carpenter's field goal try from 50 yards
 hit the right upright.
                                   Game Notes
 Fitzpatrick  completed 17-of-27  passes, six  of which  were caught  by Stevie
 Johnson,  who  finished  with  79  yards  ...Tannehill  had  141  yards  while
 completing  half of  his 28 attempts ... Tannehill (179) broke David Woodley's
 franchise  record for most completions by a rookie. He entered play needing 12
 to  pass the  mark ... McKelvin also  scored on an 88-yard punt return against
 Kansas  City in Week 2 ... Thigpen became the first player in Dolphins history
 to  return a punt  and kickoff for touchdowns in the same season ... The Bills
 were without running back Fred Jackson, who sustained a concussion in Sunday's
 loss to New England.
 11/16 01:05:16 ET