Bills–Dolphins rivalry

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Buffalo Bills–Miami Dolphins
First meeting September 18, 1966
MIA 24, BUF 58
Latest meeting November 8, 2015
BUF 33, MIA 17
Next meeting October 23, 2016
Statistics
Meetings total 104 meetings[1]
All-time series Dolphins lead 58–45–1
Postseason results

Bills lead 3–1

Last meeting
January 2, 1999, MIA 24, BUF 17
Largest victory BUF 7, MIA 45 (1970)
Smallest victory BUF 23, MIA 24 (2005)
Current win streak Bills 2 wins
(2015–present)
Playoff and Championship Success

AFL Championships (2)

  • Bills (2) – 1964, 1965
  • Dolphins (0) – none

Super Bowl Championships (2)

Super Bowl Appearances (9)

AFL Eastern Division Championships (3) (1960–1969)

AFC East Divisional Championships (20) (1970–present)

AFC Wild Card Berths (10) (1970—present)

The Bills–Dolphins rivalry is a National Football League (NFL) rivalry between the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins. The teams, who are members of the American Football Conference East Division, play two games against one another per season.[2] In the 100 regular season games between the teams in the series, the Dolphins lead 57–42–1 as of 2015.[3] The teams have also met four times in the NFL playoffs. The Bills are 3–1 in the postseason, including a victory in the 1992 AFC Championship Game.

History[edit]

1966–69[edit]

After Miami joined the American Football League (AFL) for the 1966 season, it played against Buffalo for the first time on September 18. The host Bills posted 48 points in the first half of the game, and won 58–24.[4] In the second game between the teams, and the first to be played in Miami, the Bills shut out the Dolphins 29–0.[1] The following year, Miami defeated Buffalo for the first time; a late 31-yard Bob Griese touchdown pass to Howard Twilley gave the Dolphins a 17–14 win.[5] In 1968, the teams played to a 14–14 tie, the only one in the rivalry. After two consecutive Dolphins victories, the Bills won the teams' second game in 1969, 28–3.[1] The game, which featured two receiving touchdowns by O. J. Simpson, proved to be their last win in the series for 11 years.[4]

1970–79[edit]

Following the 1969 season, the AFL and NFL completed the AFL–NFL merger by re-aligning the NFL's divisions. The Bills and Dolphins joined the NFL's new AFC East division, guaranteeing that they would play twice per year, once at each team's home stadium.[6] In the 1970s, Miami won all 20 meetings between the teams; 12 of the victories came by 10 or more points.[1] One of the most notable games of this period came in 1972, the year the Dolphins completed an undefeated season. The closest game by final score that Miami played during the season was its first game against the Bills, a 24–23 Dolphins win in the Miami Orange Bowl. Two years later, the Orange Bowl hosted a contest that Chris Iorfida of CBC Sports later called "A rare competitive game between the clubs during the mid- to late-1970s, and an exciting one."[4] The Dolphins held a 28–21 lead when Bills reserve quarterback Gary Marangi passed for the tying touchdown in the final minute of the game. Miami responded 37 seconds later with a 23-yard Don Nottingham run for the touchdown that gave the team a 35–28 win.[4]

By November 1978, the Dolphins' winning streak in the series had reached 17 games, a mark tied for the longest streak in NFL history for one team against another. The press in the Buffalo area frequently noted this fact.[7] The Dolphins broke the record with a 25–24 result in Buffalo's Rich Stadium on November 12 of that year.[8] With 9–7 and 17–7 victories in 1979, Miami's streak reached 20 by the end of the decade.[1]

1980–89[edit]

On September 7, 1980, the Bills recorded their first victory versus the Dolphins in 21 games. With a pair of touchdowns in the final quarter, Buffalo won 17–7.[2] After the conclusion, fans at Rich Stadium rushed the field in celebration, tearing down one of the goal posts in the process.[9] In 1983, the Dolphins hosted the Bills in rookie Dan Marino's first NFL start. The Dolphins overcame a 14–0 gap to lead 35–28 in the final minute before Bills quarterback Joe Ferguson led a game-tying comeback. The game in the Miami Orange Bowl went to overtime, where Dolphins placekicker Uwe von Schamann was unsuccessful on two potential game-winning field goal attempts. The Bills won 38–35 when Joe Danelo made a 36-yard field goal attempt late in overtime;[10] it was Buffalo's first road win in the rivalry for 17 years. Ferguson had 419 yards passing and five touchdowns in the game; the former set a franchise record.[2] Other than those two contests, Miami won 11 of the other 12 games between the teams from 1980–86.[1] United Press International termed the matchup "one of pro football's most lopsided rivalries" in 1983.[11] The Bills, however, won the series' last six games in the 1980s.[1] The first of those came in October 1987, when the Bills won 34–31 in overtime after trailing the Dolphins 21–0 in the first half; the game featured six combined touchdown passes by the teams' quarterbacks, Marino of Miami and Jim Kelly of Buffalo.[4][12] One of the final games between the Bills and Dolphins in the decade was a 1989 encounter in which Kelly ran two yards for a touchdown on the last play of the contest, giving the Bills a 27–24 victory.[13]

1990–99[edit]

In the 1990 playoffs, the Bills and Dolphins met for the first time in the postseason. Buffalo won the divisional round game, held at Rich Stadium, 44–34, as Kelly threw for three touchdowns.[14] Two seasons later, the teams met again in the playoffs, this time in the AFC Championship Game. Players from both teams commented on the rivalry's intensity at the time; Richmond Webb, a Miami offensive lineman, said, "I don't know how it got started – it was a long time before I got here – but these two teams don't like each other. It's like the Game of the Year every time we play them."[15] Before the Bills' last regular season game against the Houston Oilers, Miami safety Louis Oliver had shirts delivered to Oilers players, encouraging them to defeat the Bills; the Oilers did just that, winning 27–3 and allowing the Dolphins to finish first in the AFC East. In response, Bills running back Thurman Thomas said it was "typical of the Miami Dolphins ... to have someone else do their dirty work."[16][17] A week later, the Oilers raced to a 35–3 lead but collapsed in a 41–38 loss to the Bills in the wild card playoff round,[18] then on January 17, 1993 at Joe Robbie Stadium, the Bills defeated the Dolphins 29–10 to advance to their third consecutive Super Bowl.[19]

The first game in the series in the 1993 season, in Rich Stadium, saw an incident where Miami linebacker Bryan Cox gestured at Bills fans, having previously said that he would "retire from football if I am ever traded up there."[20] Multiple Dolphins players later said the spectators responded in a similar fashion towards them.[21] After a 22–13 Dolphins victory over the Bills, sportswriter Bill Plaschke called the game "a considerable step toward making their rivalry the ugliest in the league".[20] The teams met twice more in the playoffs during the 1990s. On December 30, 1995, Buffalo broke the league record for rushing yards in a game with 341, winning 37–22. This was Dolphins head coach Don Shula's last game in the NFL. Three seasons later, the teams met at Pro Player Stadium on January 2, 1999 for their fourth playoff game of the decade, which the Dolphins won 24–17 after forcing five Bills turnovers.[4][13] In regular season games during the decade, the Bills held a 10–8 win–loss advantage.[1]

2000–09[edit]

Between the teams, there were only three playoff appearances by either team in the 2000s.[22] This decade was also marked by the aftermath of the retirements of Kelly and Marino from the Bills and Dolphins, respectively. In 2006, Buffalo's home game against the Dolphins did not sell out, leading the Niagara Gazette's Pat Murray to write that the rivalry had declined.[23] On the NFL's website, Nick Bakay attributed this to the reduced success of the Bills and Dolphins in the time period.[24] Each team won half of the 20 games in the series during the 2000s.[1] In 2008, the Bills hosted Miami at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada; it was the first time the country had been the site of a regular season NFL game. Miami won the contest 16–3.[25]

2010–present[edit]

The teams split their two contests in 2010, while the Dolphins won both of their 2011 matchups. Since then the Bills have won six of the last eight games.[1]

In 2013, quarterback Thad Lewis started in place of injured Bills starter EJ Manuel for both of their games against the Dolphins. This was notable as Lewis had grown up in Miami.[26] Coincidentally, the Bills won both games. The first game was marked by a late-game strip-sack of Ryan Tannehill by Mario Williams to set up the game-winning field goal for the Bills,[27] and the second was a 19–0 shutout by Buffalo.[28] The most recent game between the teams was a 33–17 Bills victory in Buffalo on November 8, 2015.[29]

Characteristics[edit]

Iorfida wrote in 2008 that the Bills and Dolphins had "one of the stranger rivalries in sports" due to the differences between Buffalo and Miami.[4] In 1980, The Miami News' Joe Crittenden referred to "the contrast between the two cities – Miami, the resort center in the subtropics and Buffalo, the snowfall capital of the east".[9] He wrote that, when the Dolphins were building their 20-game winning streak in the 1970s, the differences contributed to the "intensity" of the rivalry.[9] The CBC also noted the long distance between the teams' cities as an oddity.[4] Despite this distance, they are both members of the AFC East, and have played at least two games per year since the Dolphins first joined the AFL.[2] Games between the Bills and Dolphins were often significant in the league standings during the 1980s and 1990s, and Monday Night Football had nine games from the rivalry during the period.[30]

The Bills–Dolphins rivalry has been called the most significant for Buffalo;[4] Bakay, a Bills fan from the city, called Miami the Bills' "most hated divisional rival".[24] In addition to their rivalry with the Bills, the Dolphins share one with the New York Jets, who "might be the most bitter foe for Miami", according to the CBC.[4] Dolphins player Oliver offered a different assessment in 1993, saying "It's the biggest rivalry we have, us and Buffalo."[16] In addition, both teams share rivalries with the New England Patriots.[31][32]

Results[edit]

[1]

Postseason Meeting Tie Overtime Result

1960s (Bills 4–3–1)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location
1966 September 18 Buffalo Bills 58–24 Miami Dolphins War Memorial Stadium (Buffalo)
November 6 Buffalo Bills 29–0 Miami Dolphins Miami Orange Bowl
1967 November 5 Buffalo Bills 35–13 Miami Dolphins War Memorial Stadium
November 26 Miami Dolphins 17–14 Buffalo Bills Orange Bowl
1968 October 12 Tie 14–14 Tie Orange Bowl
November 10 Miami Dolphins 21–17 Buffalo Bills War Memorial Stadium
1969 October 26 Miami Dolphins 24–6 Buffalo Bills Orange Bowl
November 16 Buffalo Bills 28–3 Miami Dolphins War Memorial Stadium

1970s (Dolphins 20–0)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location
1970 October 18 Miami Dolphins 33–14 Buffalo Bills War Memorial Stadium
December 20 Miami Dolphins 45–7 Buffalo Bills Orange Bowl
1971 September 26 Miami Dolphins 29–14 Buffalo Bills War Memorial Stadium
November 7 Miami Dolphins 34–0 Buffalo Bills Orange Bowl
1972 October 22 Miami Dolphins 24–23 Buffalo Bills Orange Bowl
November 5 Miami Dolphins 30–16 Buffalo Bills War Memorial Stadium
1973 October 21 Miami Dolphins 27–6 Buffalo Bills Orange Bowl
November 18 Miami Dolphins 17–0 Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium
1974 September 22 Miami Dolphins 24–16 Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium
November 17 Miami Dolphins 35–28 Buffalo Bills Orange Bowl
1975 October 26 Miami Dolphins 35–30 Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium
December 7 Miami Dolphins 31–21 Buffalo Bills Orange Bowl
1976 September 13 Miami Dolphins 30–21 Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium
December 5 Miami Dolphins 45–27 Buffalo Bills Orange Bowl
1977 September 18 Miami Dolphins 13–0 Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium
December 17 Miami Dolphins 31–14 Buffalo Bills Orange Bowl
1978 September 17 Miami Dolphins 31–24 Buffalo Bills Orange Bowl
November 12 Miami Dolphins 25–24 Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium
1979 September 2 Miami Dolphins 9–7 Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium
October 14 Miami Dolphins 17–7 Buffalo Bills Orange Bowl

1980s (Dolphins 11–9)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location
1980 September 7 Buffalo Bills 17–7 Miami Dolphins Rich Stadium
October 19 Miami Dolphins 17–14 Buffalo Bills Orange Bowl
1981 October 12 Buffalo Bills 31–21 Miami Dolphins Rich Stadium
December 19 Miami Dolphins 16–6 Buffalo Bills Orange Bowl
1982 November 21 Miami Dolphins 9–7 Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium
December 27 Miami Dolphins 27–10 Buffalo Bills Orange Bowl
1983 September 4 Miami Dolphins 12–0 Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium
October 9 Buffalo Bills 38–35 OT Miami Dolphins Orange Bowl
1984 September 17 Miami Dolphins 21–17 Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium
October 28 Miami Dolphins 38–7 Buffalo Bills Orange Bowl
1985 November 24 Miami Dolphins 23–14 Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium
December 22 Miami Dolphins 28–0 Buffalo Bills Orange Bowl
1986 October 12 Miami Dolphins 27–14 Buffalo Bills Orange Bowl
November 16 Miami Dolphins 34–24 Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium
1987 October 25 Buffalo Bills 38–35 OT Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium
November 29 Buffalo Bills 27–0 Miami Dolphins Rich Stadium
1988 September 11 Buffalo Bills 9–6 Miami Dolphins Rich Stadium
November 14 Buffalo Bills 31–6 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium
1989 September 10 Buffalo Bills 27–24 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium
October 29 Buffalo Bills 31–17 Miami Dolphins Rich Stadium

1990s (Bills 15–9)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location Attendance
1990 September 16 Miami Dolphins 30–7 Buffalo Bills Joe Robbie Stadium N/A
December 23 Buffalo Bills 24–14 Miami Dolphins Rich Stadium N/A
1990 January 12, 1991 Buffalo Bills 44–34 Miami Dolphins Rich Stadium N/A
1991 September 1 Buffalo Bills 35–31 Miami Dolphins Rich Stadium N/A
November 18 Buffalo Bills 41–27 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium N/A
1992 October 4 Miami Dolphins 37–10 Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium N/A
November 16 Buffalo Bills 26–20 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium N/A
1992 January 17, 1993 Buffalo Bills 29–10 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium N/A
1993 September 26 Miami Dolphins 22–13 Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium N/A
December 19 Buffalo Bills 47–34 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium N/A
1994 October 4 Buffalo Bills 21–11 Miami Dolphins Rich Stadium N/A
November 16 Buffalo Bills 42–31 Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium N/A
1995 October 29 Miami Dolphins 23–6 Buffalo Bills Joe Robbie Stadium N/A
December 17 Buffalo Bills 23–20 Miami Dolphins Rich Stadium N/A
1995 December 29, 1995 Buffalo Bills 37–22 Miami Dolphins Rich Stadium N/A
1996 October 13 Miami Dolphins 21–7 Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium 79,642
December 16 Miami Dolphins 16–14 Buffalo Bills Pro Player Stadium 67,016
1997 November 2 Buffalo Bills 9–6 Miami Dolphins Rich Stadium 78,011
November 17 Miami Dolphins 30–13 Buffalo Bills Pro Player Stadium 74,155
1998 September 13 Miami Dolphins 13–7 Buffalo Bills Pro Player Stadium 73,097
November 1 Buffalo Bills 30–24 Miami Dolphins Ralph Wilson Stadium 79,011
1998 January 2, 1999 Miami Dolphins 24–17 Buffalo Bills Pro Player Stadium 72,698
1999 October 4 Buffalo Bills 23–18 Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium 74,073
November 14 Buffalo Bills 30–24 Miami Dolphins Ralph Wilson Stadium 72,810

2000s (Tied 10–10)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location Attendance
2000 October 8 Miami Dolphins 22–13 Buffalo Bills Pro Player Stadium 73,901
December 3 Miami Dolphins 33–6 Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson Stadium 72,002
2001 November 25 Miami Dolphins 34–27 Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson Stadium 73,063
January 6, 2002 Miami Dolphins 34–7 Buffalo Bills Pro Player Stadium 73,428
2002 October 20 Buffalo Bills 23–10 Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium 73,180
December 1 Buffalo Bills 38–21 Miami Dolphins Ralph Wilson Stadium 73,287
2003 September 21 Miami Dolphins 17–7 Buffalo Bills Pro Player Stadium 73,458
December 21 Miami Dolphins 20–3 Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson Stadium 73,319
2004 October 17 Buffalo Bills 20–13 Miami Dolphins Ralph Wilson Stadium 72,714
December 5 Buffalo Bills 42–32 Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium 73,084
2005 October 9 Buffalo Bills 20–14 Miami Dolphins Ralph Wilson Stadium 72,160
December 4 Miami Dolphins 24–23 Buffalo Bills Dolphin Stadium 72,051
2006 September 17 Buffalo Bills 16–6 Miami Dolphins Dolphin Stadium 72,797
December 5 Buffalo Bills 21–0 Miami Dolphins Ralph Wilson Stadium 71,011
2007 September 18 Buffalo Bills 13–10 Miami Dolphins Sun Life Stadium 70,615
December 17 Buffalo Bills 38–17 Miami Dolphins Ralph Wilson Stadium 71,018
2008 October 26 Miami Dolphins 25–16 Buffalo Bills Sun Life Stadium 65,011
December 7 Miami Dolphins 16–3 Buffalo Bills Rogers Center 52,134
2009 October 4 Miami Dolphins 38–10 Buffalo Bills Sun Life Stadium 65,523
November 29 Buffalo Bills 31–14 Miami Dolphins Ralph Wilson Stadium 70,155

2010s (Bills 7–5)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location Attendance
2010 September 12 Miami Dolphins 15–10 Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson Stadium 69,295
December 19 Buffalo Bills 17–14 Miami Dolphins Sun Life Stadium 65,511
2011 November 20 Miami Dolphins 35–8 Buffalo Bills Sun Life Stadium 57,531
December 18 Miami Dolphins 30–23 Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson Stadium 60,988
2012 November 15 Buffalo Bills 19–14 Miami Dolphins Ralph Wilson Stadium 69,118
December 23 Miami Dolphins 24–10 Buffalo Bills Sun Life Stadium 54,462
2013 October 20 Buffalo Bills 23–21 Miami Dolphins Sun Life Stadium 60,592
December 22 Buffalo Bills 19–0 Miami Dolphins Ralph Wilson Stadium 54,305
2014 September 14 Buffalo Bills 29–10 Miami Dolphins Ralph Wilson Stadium 69,954
November 13 Miami Dolphins 22–9 Buffalo Bills Sun Life Stadium 71,573
2015 September 27 Buffalo Bills 41–14 Miami Dolphins Sun Life Stadium 64,869
November 8 Buffalo Bills 33–17 Miami Dolphins Ralph Wilson Stadium 70,214

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