ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Center Mike Pouncey and the Miami Dolphins can breathe a little easier.
Despite being bowled over by the blitzing Buffalo Bills, the Dolphins got the help they needed to remain standing in what's become a convoluted race for the AFC's final playoff spot entering the final week.
Now it's time for the Dolphins (8-7) to do make something of their second chance in preparing to host the Jets this weekend.
"It's disappointing. But we still have something to look for," Pouncey said following a 19-0 loss to Buffalo on Sunday.
The Dolphins' loss to Buffalo clinched the Patriots top spot in the AFC East. The Patriots repaid Miami by beating the Ravens to set up a frantic final weekend in which Miami, Baltimore (8-7), San Diego (8-7) and Pittsburgh (7-8) all have a chance.
That's a relief for the Dolphins, who were left stung by a game in which they allowed seven sacks, managed just 103 yards of offense and six first downs.
"It's not acceptable. Those are the facts," coach Joe Philbin said. "We've got to play a lot better next week. That's the situation we're in."
The Bills (6-9), who had been eliminated from contention a week earlier, took consolation in knowing they were able to put a dent in their division rival's chances.
"It's a bittersweet deal," defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. "It's a nice consolation for where we are. I think you've seen today potentially what we can do."
Williams and cornerback Nickell Robey had two sacks apiece in helping Buffalo up its total to 56 to set a single-season record. That eclipses the mark of 50 Buffalo had in a 14-game season in 1964.
On offense, Fred Jackson had 111 yards rushing and scored on a 9-yard run. Dan Carpenter hit all four field-goal attempts, including a 45-yarder.
Here's five more things that helped the Bills close their home schedule with a win:
SACK ATTACK: The Bills blitz took advantage of the Dolphins' patchwork offensive line that has now surrendered a single-season worst 58 sacks.
"That was a pretty good beating," Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said. "They were flying around. They were getting off the ball and they just looked a step faster than Miami did all day."