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October 21, 2013

5 things to know from Bills' win over Dolphins

The Buffalo Bills finally won on the road, although it was a home game of sorts for their quarterback.

Playing in the stadium near his boyhood home, Thad Lewis helped the Bills rally with a last-minute field goal to beat the Miami Dolphins, 23-21, on Sunday.

The injury-plagued Bills (3-4) ended a streak of six consecutive road losses, including two this year. They won for only the third time in their past 18 away games.

"It meant a lot to get this win," Lewis said. "Wins are hard to come by in this league. It's even sweeter to get it at home."

The Bills won in Lewis' second start since being promoted from the practice squad to replace the injured EJ Manuel. The victory helped their bid to end a streak of five consecutive last-place finishes in the AFC East.

But even when things have been bleakest for the Bills, they tend to give the Dolphins fits. Since the start of 2004, Buffalo is 11-8 against Miami and 49-83 against everyone else.

Still, the loss carried extra sting for the Dolphins (3-3). A month ago they were basking in their best start since 2002, but they haven't won since, and they'll take a three-game losing streak to New England on Sunday.

"There are ups and downs that most teams encounter," coach Joe Philbin said. "The teams that have great character and great chemistry are able to overcome those downs that are usually there, and I believe our guys are able to do that."

Here are five things we learned in Buffalo's defeat of Miami:

MARIO IS STILL SUPER: With the game on the line, Mario Williams took advantage of the Dolphins' biggest weakness — pass protection.

Williams forced a fumble by sacking Ryan Tannehill with less than three minutes to go, setting up the winning 31-yard kick by Dan Carpenter with 33 seconds left.

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