The Buffalo Bills beat the Miami Dolphins 21-14 at Hard Rock Stadium in Week 18. With this victory, the Bills clinched the AFC East title and will start the playoffs as the second seed.
During the crucial divisional game, Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw two red zone interceptions. With 11 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Allen delivered a pass to running back Ty Johnson, who was tackled at the 1-yard line. Allen was strip-sacked and fumbled with 12 seconds left in the third quarter and a 7-14 deficit.
Despite their offensive mistakes, the Bills never gave up. The Buffalo defense forced a three-and-out following Deonte Harty’s spectacular 96-yard punt return for a touchdown. With 7:17 remaining in the fourth quarter, Allen guided an eight-play, 74-yard drive that concluded with a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dawson Knox.
However, the game was not decided until Bills safety Taylor Rapp intercepted Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with 1:13 remaining in regulation. When asked to explain the victory in an on-field interview following the game, Josh Allen kept it honest. “It might’ve been ugly, but four times AFC Champs, we’ll take it.”
As for the atmosphere at halftime, “The mood is that we were beating ourselves, and I was beating us,” he explained. Allen bemoaned his shortcomings while praising his teammates. Our players made some incredible plays… Harty, with the punt return, put us back in contention. The team remained unfazed. “I wish it hadn’t come down to plays like that at the end,” Allen said of Rapp’s interception. I’m fortunate to have guys around me that can make those types of plays.”
As for the ball to Johnson, “That’s one of those situations where it’s got to be in the end zone, or it’s got to be incomplete or out of bounds,” Allen stated during his postgame press conference.”So I deducted three points from us there. I took three from us on the first drive of the game, a fourth-and-two pass. I’d rather take that than toss it out of bounds; give someone a chance in that case. Again, pick your battles, but find a way to win.”