January 31, 2023

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Dolphin Coach – Thinks we have the first flag before being late on 4th and 1

ORchard Park, New York — Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel has provided an explanation for a critical late game penalty his team incurred on its last offensive possession in a 34-31 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Facing fourth-and-1 from their own 48-yard line with 2:28 left in the game, the Dolphins failed to get a game in time and were flagged for a delay of the game. The penalty pushed them into fourth and sixth, and they were unable to convert a Skyler Thompson Try to pass to the tight end Mike Gesicki.

McDaniel said afterward that he was told the Dolphins had caught a first down on the previous play, and he didn’t immediately have a fourth down play.

“There were some connections we got first,” he said. “Then, we were deploying a bunch of guys for the first-ten call. Then it was explained that no, it was a fourth…you know exactly who it is. It’s probably the first time all year that that’s happened. You try to do your best. As it was The thing is, I thought we had a 4th and 6th chance that we just couldn’t come up with.

“You just have to adapt to whatever variables are out there, and I think we have a chance in fourth and sixth as well.”

The Dolphins entered Sunday’s competition with a 14-point lead, but took the lead by one point midway through the third quarter. The Bills answered with 14 straight points to go up by 10 with two minutes remaining in the third quarter.

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Miami cut its deficit to three points after A.J Jeff Wilson Jr He ran a touchdown with 11 minutes left in the game and got the ball back with four minutes left with a chance to tie or advance.

Thompson completed a 14-yard pass to Jaylen Waddell In the second and 15 to bring the third and 1, but Salvon AhmedAn attempt to rush did not result in a first fall. McDaniel said he believed someone on his headset informed him Ahmed had turned, and the coach said he called for a play reflecting that before realizing the actual run and distance.

The Dolphins had no timeouts left and couldn’t stop the clock after Bill took over touchdown duties.

Sunday’s contest was the Dolphins’ first playoff game since the 2016 season. The five-year drought was the third longest in franchise history.