Davone Bess scored the only offensive touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter, but the Buffalo Bills were still able to hold off the Miami Dolphins by a score of 19-14 on Thursday night.
It wasn't pretty—it wouldn't have been a Thursday Night Football game if it was—but it was a win for Chan Gailey's squad, which moved to 4-6 with the victory.
The Dolphins' third loss in a row gives them that same record.
This one appeared to be headed for a high-scoring battle as both teams exchanged special-teams touchdowns in the first quarter.
Leodis McKelvin got things started when he fielded a Brandon Fields punt, made a couple of cuts and exploded down the sideline for 79 yards.
After Buffalo added a field goal to make it 10-0, Marcus Thigpen took the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for his second return touchdown of the season.
But then came the less exciting special-teams units.
Rian Lindell added three more field goals to make it 19-7 at halftime, but for the most part, it was a lot of three-and-outs and punts—13 of them, to be exact.
Bess made things interesting when he dragged his feet for an impressive two-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. But Buffalo held on for the win when interceptions by Jairus Byrd and Bryan Scott halted two Ryan Tannehill comeback attempts.
C.J. Spiller's 130 total yards (91 rushing and 39 receiving) led the way for the Bills, who had 281 total yards on the day.
Miami, meanwhile, not only looked stagnant on the offensive end (184 yards, 3-for-10 on third downs), but shot itself in the foot with three untimely turnovers.
The Bills travel to Indianapolis next week while Miami will attempt to right the ship when it hosts Seattle.
For a complete look at the box score, check out NFL.com.
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller may have dodged a bullet by choosing not to watch this matchup:
Sounds like I picked a great night to watch USC film instead of NFL football.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) November 16, 2012
Nothing to see here. Just another night of Thursday Night Football.
Reggie Bush = 7 carries, 0 yards.— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) November 16, 2012
Bush finally broke off a monstrous 11-yard run and finished with 20 yards on 10 carries in a night to forget.
While most will blame Miami's offensive line on Bush's struggles, Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 notes that the Bills defense, which has been constantly improving, deserves some credit:
From the looks of this tweet, I'm pretty sure Yahoo! Sports' Doug Farrar doesn't quite agree:
Richie Incognito looks like a two-year-old kid who's lost his mommy in a busy shopping mall. Not a damn clue.— SC_DougFarrar (@SC_DougFarrar) November 16, 2012
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport summed up Jairus Byrd's game-winning interception (before, you know, Bryan Scott's other game-winning interception):
Like a Byrd!! How do you even catch that??!!— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 16, 2012
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