Brian Flores’ club headed west to Sin City and hoped to gain further ground in grabbing a playoff berth. The Dolphins were limited to a pair of field goals in the first half and the head coach turned to veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter.
Down by two points with 19 seconds to play, the ageless hurler found Mack Hollins for 34 yards, Miami benefitted from a roughing-the-passer penalty and Jason Sanders hit the game-winning field goal.
Bruce Arians’ team made easy work of the depleted Lions on Saturday afternoon at Detroit. The Buccaneers owned a 34-0 halftime lead and gained 410 total yards in the first half.
Tom Brady threw for 348 yards and four touchdown passes before intermission and gave way in the second half to Blaine Gabbert – who would throw for two scores. The Bucs did not allow an offensive touchdown and clinched their first playoff spot since 2007.
Winners of their last three outings, the surging Colts headed to the Steel City to take on the slumping Steelers. Indianapolis owned a 24-7 lead in the third quarter with 9:23 to play and never scored another point as Frank Reich’s club was burned for three unanswered touchdowns.
Veteran quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 270 yards and one TD but he was also sacked a season-high five times and also committed two more turnovers in the loss.