The Bills had a Christmas miracle in their hands.
They didn’t want it.
The Dolphins kicked a 27 yard field goal with 47 seconds left in overtime to beat Buffalo 34-31 in a Christmas Eve classic at Orchard Park and eliminate the Bills from playoff contention.
it looked like Tyrod Taylor had delivered a present for Bills fans late.
Taylor capped an 89-yard drive with a seven yard TD strike to Charles Clay with 1:20 left to play and give the Bills came a 31-28 lead.
However, Miami answered with an Andrew Franks 55 yard field goal to tie the game with ten seconds to play.
Rex Ryan was trying to call timeout just before the kick. Referee Criag Wrolstad told the pool reporter after the game that the official nearest to Rex did not hear the time out call.
That report was passed to Ryan during his press conference.
“Well that’s interesting,” Ryan said. “Obviously he certainly didn’t call it. I was yelling it and then I went over to him. We had said to call it, I’m sure you saw players trying to call the timeout. We’re trying to put our field goal block team on the field and I’m like, “Timeout! Timeout!” I was shocked that it hadn’t been called and then I’m like, “Timeout. Timeout.” And then I’m even trying to signal it to the guy, but I’m assuming the thing’s going to be done. I’m over there yelling timeout well before the thing was kicked. But it will show up. I’m sure there’s audio of it so we’ll get it.”
Buffalo won the coin toss in overtime and had a first and ten at the Miami 17. The next two plays were runs for minus-2 by LeSean McCoy and minus-8 on an inexplicable reverse call to Reggie Bush.
A Taylor deep incompletion left Dan Carpenter to try a 45 yard field goal. He pushed it right on the same end of the field field he missed a 46-yarder in the first half.
The Bills got the ball back, but elected to punt on 4th and 3 from their own 41 with four minutes left in overtime.
The next play was a 57 yard Jay Ajayi rush and Miami was immediately in field goal range.
Buffalo had gotten some huge help from former head coach Doug Marrone. His Jags stunned the Titans 38-17. If the Bills had won, they would have stayed alive for the playoffs at least until Christmas Day.
Instead, Buffalo fell to 7-8 and now the discussion on firings and next season will begin unimpeded by hopes for a playoff miracle.
Christmas is all about coal in Western New York for a 17th straight year.