The Miami Dolphins' mission Sunday against the Buffalo Bills was simple: win and you're playoff bound for the first time since 2016. But the rival Bills thoroughly outplayed and outcoached them en route to 56-26 win, and now the 10-6 Dolphins are facing reality of missing the playoffs with a sour end to the season.
Tua Tagovailoa threw three interceptions and the Dolphins' elite defense and special teams groups had their worst performances of the season, allowing a Bills team playing half its starters to put up 56 points. Miami's playoff dreams are now over.
"We didn't play well on any phase -- offense, defense, special teams," Dolphins coach Brian Flores said. "I didn't do a good enough job getting them ready to go -- we can talk about the coaching as well. There's a lot of factors, but at the end of the day we didn't play well. Yeah, we had a good week of practice. Yeah, I thought we were ready. You gotta execute against a good football team if you want to give yourself a chance."
DPOY? Miami cornerback Xavien Howard recorded his 10th interception of the season, making him the first player with double-digit INTs since Antonio Cromartie in 2007. Howard also tied the franchise-record for most interceptions in a season (Dick Westmoreland, 1967). Howard has a strong case to be the Defensive Player of the Year, but he has tough competition with the Pittsburgh Steelers' T.J. Watt and
Money man: Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker earned a $750,000 incentive Sunday after eclipsing 60 catches for 750 yards this season. He came in needing four catches for 73 yards and finished with seven catches for 116 yards.