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December 23, 2012

Another pathetic performance

Buffalo loses 24-10 in Miami

Niagara Gazette — MIAMI — With his team out of the playoff race and his coach's job in jeopardy, Buffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson said he tried too hard.

Johnson lost a fumble to end a scoring threat and dropped a pass in the end zone Sunday for the sputtering Bills, who lost to the Miami Dolphins 24-10.

Buffalo (5-10) came into the game assured of missing the playoffs for the 13th consecutive season, leaving coach Chan Gailey's future uncertain.

"I was probably trying to do a little too much, running too fast ... playing for certain people," Johnson said. "I felt like I was going, going, going and trying to do the most right now, and it didn't come out right for me."

Or for the Bills. Doomed by four turnovers, they missed a chance at a sweep of the season series with Miami.

"We came into this game playing for pride," said C.J. Spiller, who rushed for 138 yards. "We were just trying to get the respect that we know we don't have right now."

Gailey's team reached a double-digit loss total for the third year in a row, but he said he's not worried about his job security.

"No, I worry about getting better ... playing to our abilities, which we haven't done," he said. "And that's my responsibility to get that done."

Reggie Bush scored three touchdowns for the Dolphins, who walked off the field victorious and still in playoff contention. By the time they reached the locker room, they had been eliminated because of Cincinnati's 13-10 win at Pittsburgh.

Miami (7-8) began the weekend with only a slim chance at the playoffs and will sit them out for the 10th time in 11 years.

"The NFL has a system in place — six teams earn a spot in the playoffs," first-year coach Joe Philbin said. "It is what it is."

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