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Bills smother Dolphins in home finale

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The fans who sat through rain and wind at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday were given a show by the Bills defense.

The unit registered seven sacks, two interceptions, and held Miami to a mere 103 yards of total offense as the Bills whitewashed the Dolphins, 19-0. They also established a new franchise record for sacks in a season with 56.

"Defensively, I think they were outstanding," head coach Doug Marrone said. "Two of 14 on third downs, held them to a total of 103 yards. Those guys really came and they really played. It was an honor to be on that sideline and watch those guys perform."

Nickell Robey (2), Kyle Williams (2), Jerry Hughes, Mario Williams and Da'Norris Searcy all registered sacks.

Miami rushed for only 14 yards on 12 carries.

"I think you see today potentially what we can do," Kyle Williams said. "We have a good scheme for things and we have some good players. I think the arrow's definitely pointing up."

"It's just a mentality. I think across the board we're all buying into it," Mario Williams added. "As long as you do what you're supposed do and don't jump the gun we're fine. That just comes back once again to that word being consistent."

Buffalo (6-9) swept the season series with Miami (8-7). Sunday's victory put a major crimp in the Dolphins playoff hopes. The Bills have won consecutive games for the first time this season.

"It’s huge for us. We’ve had some games that have definitely not gone our way that have been hard to swallow," running back Fred Jackson said. You don’t want that to linger going into the offseason."

"We don’t have a shot getting into the playoffs but we still got games that we’ve got to play. We have to show up and play those games. For us to come out here and put together a performance like we did today, it’s something that we can definitely grow on."

Jackson, who played through a rib injury suffered in last week's win over Jacksonville, rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown, becoming the third player in team history to rush for more than 5,000 yards in a career (O.J. Simpson, Thurman Thomas).

Thad Lewis, who started at quarterback in place of the injured EJ Manuel, recorded his 2nd career victory. The other came against the Dolphins in Week 7 this season. Lewis passed 193 yards and an interception in a game where the Bills relied heavily on the ground attack.

The Bills, who are assured of extending the NFL's longest active playoff drought to 14 seasons, end the campaign next Sunday at New England.

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