. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Wild-Card Woes Dog Slumping Bills

MIAMI -- The Buffalo Bills' slump is so severe that they can't even beat the Miami Dolphins.


Needing a win to clinch a National Football League playoff berth, the Bills instead lost their third game in a row. Dan Marino threw for 263 yards and the Dolphins won 16-14 for their first late-season victory against Buffalo since 1986.


With Buffalo's defeat, New England (10-5) clinched the AFC East title.


Buffalo (9-6) fell into a tie with Kansas City and Indianapolis for the best record in the wild-card race. The Bills can still earn a wild-card berth if they win their final regular-season game Sunday at home against the Chiefs, or if Jacksonville (8-7) loses or ties its final game against Atlanta. If the second-year Jaguars beat Atlanta, they'll clinch a playoff berth -- unless the Buffalo-Kansas City game ends in a tie.


For the fifth consecutive game, Miami's offense scored just one touchdown, but that was enough because of a stout defensive effort. Buffalo had the ball for only 18 minutes, scoring on Jim Kelly's touchdown passes of 67 yards to Andre Reed and 16 yards to Eric Moulds.


After Moulds scored with 4:09 left, Miami caught a break when the officials ruled the ball was dead on an apparent fumble by O.J. McDuffie at the Dolphins' 25. Marino went 26-for-37. His 5-yard touchdown pass to McDuffie made it 16-7 with 11 minutes left.


Joe Nedney kicked three field goals for the Dolphins, including an 18-yarder to give them a 9-7 lead midway through the third period.


Buffalo missed a chance to take the lead later in the quarter. A 42-yard pass interference penalty on Calvin Jackson gave Buffalo a first down at the Miami 3, but the Dolphins (7-8) held, and Steve Christie missed a 20-yard field goal attempt when his kick deflected off the right upright. The miss was just Christie's fourth inside the 30-yard line in 60 career attempts.


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Dan Reeves expects to be fired as coach of the New York Giants once the season ends with Saturday's game against the New England Patriots.


"I don't think it's going to end on a good note,'' Reeves said when asked about his future. "It's sort of like a lot of things in life. There are certain ways you'd like it to end, but I don't think it's going to end that way.'' Reeves, who took over the Giants in 1993 after his contract with Denver was not renewed after 12 seasons and three Super Bowl appearances, has a year left on his five-year, $5 million contract.


Reeves has a 31-32 record in four seasons with the Giants.