Dolphins miss chance to clinch playoff berth in 56-26 loss to Bills

Josh Allen leads Buffalo to victory; Miami will need help from hapless Jaguars
Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen passes vs. Miami Dolphins in January 2021
Posted at 4:40 PM, Jan 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-03 16:40:40-05

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills placed an emphatic stamp on their breakout season with a 56-26 rout of Miami in a game the Dolphins could have clinched a playoff berth with a win.

Miami's postseason hopes now rest on whether the 1-14 Jacksonville Jaguars can upset the Indianapolis Colts later in the day.

With a win or a tie, the Colts would clinch a playoff berth and eliminate Miami.

The Dolphins didn't get the results they needed to clinch their third playoff berth in 18 years, after Cleveland beat Pittsburgh and Baltimore routed Cincinnati.

Buffalo Bills receiver Isaiah McKenzie scores TD vs. Miami Dolphins in January 2021
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie runs for a touchdown after catching a short pass in the first half against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Orchard Park, N.Y.

With the win, the Bills finished 13-3 and clinched the AFC's No. 2 playoff seed.