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NFL Playoff Picture: The Ravens just choked away a playoff berth in amazing fashio
01-04-2018, 05:25 PM
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NFL Playoff Picture: The Ravens just choked away a playoff berth in amazing fashio
someway, by far, the easiest path of anyone in the AFC when it came to making the playoffs. All Baltimore had to do was beat the Bengals at home and they would be in the playoffs. No help from anyone else needed,The Baltimore Ravens had, just beat up on a Bengals team that appeared to have given up on the season weeks ago. And Baltimore somehow,Womens Aqib Talib Jersey, gagged away a layup look at the postseason.

who end their season with a 6-10 record.,It was a different story for the Dolphins

and running back Kenyan Drake getting ejected for flinging the helmet of a Bills player about 20 yards downfield.,Midway through the fourth quarter there was a melee that resulted in wide receiver Jarvis Landry getting ejected for disrespecting an official and for unnecessary roughness

” coach Adam Gase said of Landry. “But it’s not something that I want to say right now.”,“I know what he did

The drama came after Landry, who established a franchise record for single-season receptions with 112, scored on a 1-yard shovel pass from quarterback David Fales. Pushing and shoving ensued after Landry reached the ball across the goal line. At one point Landry appeared to almost headbutt Bills safety Jordan Poyer and possibly throw a punch.

Players from both teams gathered in the scrum on the field and one of the last things anyone saw was Drake angrily throwing a Buffalo Bills player’s helmet.

Wide receiver Kenny Stills was asked whether the Dolphins lack composure.

“I mean a lot of the time you see what happens on the field,” he said, “so I mean I think that speaks for itself.”

and then recovered an onside kick with 1:52 left — the fourth onside kick the Dolphins have recovered this season,After all that, Miami kicked the extra point to cut its deficit to, 22-16, the most any team has recovered in a season since at least 1997.

The comeback hopes ended with 49 seconds left when Fales (29 of 42, 265 yards, one touchdown, one interception) threw an interception to Poyer.

” Gase said of Fales.,“I thought he did a good job

Despite the late-game drama, this game was ugly. The Dolphins, started poorly, trailing, led by Fales because starter Jay Cutler only played one series, 10-0 at halftime, and never gained their footing.

The Dolphins, for example, ended with 145 yards in penalty yards on 14 penalties.

” Gase said of the penalties.,“That’s something we’re going to have to figure out

The game could have been a metaphor for Miami’s disappointing season.

There was Hurricane Irma postponing the home opener, linebacker Lawrence Timmons going AWOL before the de facto opener, former offensive line coach Chris Foerster resigning after his video scandal, and linebacker Rey Maualuga being released after his arrest at a Miami nightclub.

right tackle Ja’Wuan James (hamstring),Before and after there were injuries, a lot of them, such as quarterback Ryan Tannehill (knee), tight end Julius Thomas (foot) and rookie middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan (knee).

Oh, yeah, there was also a five-game losing streak midseason.

which was held scoreless in the first half Sunday for the fourth time this season.,And that doesn’t even get to the disappointment of the offense

one of its low points came midway through the third quarter when Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams scored a touchdown on a 1-yard run to give Buffalo a 19-0 lead.,The defense? Well

Yes, it was a brutal season for the Dolphins. They not only failed to make the playoffs for the eigth time in nine years, but they reverted to the sort of absent-minded, inept football that made them largely irrelevant for the past 10 years.

Miami had nine penalties for 70 yards in the first half Sunday, and they were 1 of 7 on third down attempts. Buffalo, on the other hand, had four penalties for 35 yards in the first half and was 4 of 8 on third down attempts.

But now, at least, it’s over.

However, the game didn’t end soon enough for Buffalo running back LeSean “Shady’ McCoy,Authentic Demaryius Thomas Jersey, who was taken off the field early in the third quarter with a right ankle injury and didn’t return.

Cutler and Matt Moore spent most of Sunday’s season finale against Buffalo on the sideline.,Dolphins quarterbacks Tannehill

respectively,Tannehill and Moore were out due to knee and foot injuries,Womens T.J. Ward Jersey, and Cutler was out because, there was no reason for him to play., well

Miami’s playoff hopes were ended last week, who just completed his 12th season, and the 34-year-old Cutler,Womens Nick Folk Jersey, seems unlikely to return so Miami took a look at Fales, in Chicago in 2015.,Authentic Aqib Talib Jersey, the fourth-year player who was with Gase, and Cutler

There were some bright spots Sunday.

who was held out of at least one practice per week to manage his ailing hip,Center Mike Pouncey, made his 16th start of the season, his second season.,Authentic Chris Harris Jr Jersey, the first time he’s done that since 2012

Defensive end Cameron Wake, who had 11.5 sacks last season, the first time he’s double-digit sack totals in back-to-back seasons., had one sack Sunday to end the season with 10 sacks

Left tackle Zach Sterup, did a decent job.,Womens Emmanuel Sanders Jersey, playing his first game for Miami

Landry entered the game needing eight receptions to establish a franchise single-season record, ending with nine receptions for 92 yards., besting his mark of 110 set in 2015. He got that midway through the fourth quarter before the fracas erupted

But mostly this was about seeing an end to a forgettable season, a season that started with high hopes and good vibes after the resurgent 10-6 season of 2016, this team simply wasn’t good enough to get to the playoffs., and ended with the frustrating reality that for the eighth time in the past 10 years

Miami was eliminated from playoff contention last week, which dealt a critical blow to the team's playoff chances., but has an opportunity to play a spoiler role in this game. The Bills need a win and some help from others and the Dolphins could look for some revenge. The Bills beat the Dolphins two weeks ago

The Dolphins are coming off two straight losses, including a shocking win over the New England Patriots earlier this month., but those both came on the road. Miami has won two games in a row at home

This contest will likely be Jay Cutler's final game as a member of the Dolphins, but has not decided if he will retire once again. A strong showing in this finale could only help his chances of finding a new suitor next season., with Ryan Tannehill expected back in 2018. Cutler had an inconsistent season as Miami's quarterback

The Dolphins struggled at times this season and dealt with a myriad of injuries. As it enters this finale, Miami also has running back Damien Williams and cornerback Cordrea Tankersley listed as questionable for this game., Miami has 14 players on injured reserve. A number of those players were expected to be starters for the Dolphins this season as well. Going into this game

the Bills have their own problems. Buffalo is also in the bottom-half of the league in scoring and has struggled mightily in the second half of games. The Bills have averaged only 9.3 points after halftime this season.,While the Dolphins are one of the worst offensive teams in the league

everything was in place for an elegant New Year's Eve feast.,The tables were set. The china and crystal were ready. The reservations were made. In Western New York's finest restaurants

Then came a potential game-changer. The NFL had moved the Buffalo Bills game against the Miami Dolphins to 4:25 p.m.

a high-tension Bills game clashed with Christmas vigil Mass,Was this some new strategy? Last weekend, the Super Bowl for churchgoers. Now, the Super Bowl of fine dining., the Bills are going up against New Year's Eve dinner

Russ Salvatore, proprietor of Russell's Steaks, was incensed by the time change. He had been burned once already., Chops & More

Last spring, when the NFL schedule was released, normally held on the eve of the Bills-Dolphins game in a Fort Lauderdale restaurant., he realized that the Bills/Miami game would take place on New Year’s Eve. That forced him to cancel plans for his lavish annual South Florida party

Several days ago, Salvatore’s anger was reignited., when the league pushed the game back into the late afternoon

“I doubt very much – and I know a few others – if I will ever renew my season tickets again, a longtime Bills season ticket holder.,” said Salvatore

“We’re extremely disappointed that they changed the time from 1 o’clock to 4:30 in the middle of a dinner hour,” he said. “We won’t even be showing it because of that.”, where you’ve got 500 reservations coming in

Salvatore’s restaurant shows the game at the bar.,On a regular game day

“Everybody comes in at 1 o’clock, we serve a complimentary buffet,” he said., and it’s a lot of fun

“They come in very casual, Bills jerseys on and everything else like that, to come in with Bills jerseys in the middle of a dinner hour.,” he said. “We will not allow that even in our restaurant on New Year’s Eve

” he said. “I think it’s ridiculous. A lot of complaints,Womens Demaryius Thomas Jersey,“They had absolutely no consideration for people in business or people who have made plans on New Year’s Eve for them to change it just to satisfy their pockets, I’ve gotten, are you going to show the game?’ We can’t show the game. People are coming here in tuxedos and gowns; you want to show a football game on New Year’s Eve? It’s the most ridiculous thing in the world.”, from customers: ‘Russ

He added: "There are a lot of restaurant people who are very upset."

Tommy Lombardo Sr., confessed that the New Year's Eve Bills game has been on his mind.,Authentic Emmanuel Sanders Jersey,of Hertel Avenue's legendary Ristorante Lombardo

"I was just thinking about it, laughing his deep bass laugh.," he said

He isn't concerned about cancellations. But there are other issues.

"The only thing I worry about is people coming late, because they're glued to the TV,Authentic Nick Folk Jersey," he said.,Womens Bryan Anger Jersey, if the game is tense

"We don't overbook. We do our job. If our guests show up on time, they have a real nice dinner, it backs everyone up.", and the other people scheduled after them also have a real nice dinner. But if people show up late

Oliver's Restaurant earns 10 out of 10 plates

David Schutte owns Oliver's, the venerable North Buffalo restaurant,Authentic Bryan Anger Jersey, where a few of his business partners are former Buffalo Bills., and Sear

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