Records were broken, and Milestones were hit at Ralph Wilson Stadium this afternoon, as the Bills defense was basically unstoppable in their 2013 home finale - shutting out the Dolphins 19-0.
The Bills got to Quarterback Ryan Tannehill early, and often. About 6 minutes into the first quarter, Kyle Williams sacked Tannehill (their second sack of the game already), and it set two records on the play. The 51st sack of the season for the Bills as a team marked a new franchise record, and it set a franchise record for Miami for most sacks given up in a year.
Buffalo struck first with a Dan Carpenter Field Goal after a 57-yard catch and run by Robert Woods, and the defense forced two consecutive three-and-outs to head into the second quarter.
On the third play from scrimmage in the second frame, Frank Summers opened up a lane for Fred Jackson as he would scamper into the Endzone for a nine-yard touchdown run to give the Bills a 10-0 lead. The score would remain that way heading into the third as Buffalo didn't get a whole lot going offensively, but their defense was dominant - giving up a mere 56 yards in the first half.
With tough weather conditions, the second half was all about field position, as the third quarter saw no additional points on the board. Already down Stevie Johnson due to the passing of his mother, and Marquise Goodwin who was injured earlier in the game, Robert Woods was ejected with about 10 minutes left in the third frame as he threw a punch at Safety Reshad Jones. The defense continued its dominance, as Nickell Robey had a great defensive series midway through the quarter, recording a tackle for a loss and a sack.
Dan Carpenter provided some insurance with a chip-shot Field Goal to make it 13-0 with 12 minutes left in the final frame - it capped off a 19 play, 92-yard drive that went over 9 minutes. Fred Jackson, who had eclipsed the 5,000-yard career rushing mark earlier in the game, went over 100-yards on the day during the drive.
Jim Leonhard intercepted Ryan Tannehill on the ensuing possession, and Carpenter connected on two more Field Goals to leave no doubt who the victor would be.
The Bills are now 6-9, they'll be in New England next week to play the Patriots in their 2013 season finale.
6:42 - Dan Carpenter 45-yd FG
Drive: 6 plays, 69-yds, 1:46
13:22 - Fred Jackson 9-yd TD Run
Drive: 9 plays, 57-yds, 4:47