How Dolphins win over Cowboys impacts AFC East race with Bills


The Miami Dolphins secured a critical win against the Dallas Cowboys on Christmas Eve, edging out a tense 22-20 victory in a game that intensified in the final moments. This showdown was seen as a potential Super Bowl preview, adding to its excitement, especially after Dak Prescott appeared to guide the Cowboys toward a potential game-winning drive with just 3:27 remaining.

In response, Tua Tagovailoa led the Dolphins on a 12-play, 64-yard drive that culminated in Jason Sanders’ game-winning field goal as time expired, solidifying Miami’s position in the race for the AFC East title. The Dolphins’ battle with the Buffalo Bills for divisional supremacy has been intense, especially after Miami endured consecutive losses in Weeks 14 and 15, making every win crucial in their pursuit of the divisional crown.

As it stands, Miami holds the top spot in the AFC East with an 11-4 record, while the Bills follow closely behind at 9-6, leaving Buffalo’s margin for error much slimmer after Miami’s recent win.

AFC East Standings:

  1. Miami Dolphins: 11-4
  2. Buffalo Bills: 9-6
  3. New York Jets: 5-9
  4. New England Patriots: 3-11

Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills Remaining Schedule:

  • Miami Dolphins: Miami faces a tough road ahead with games against the AFC-leading Ravens (11-3) and a crucial rematch against the Bills (9-6). Securing just one win in these final two games would grant them the AFC East title, while winning both could even elevate them to a potential No. 1 seed in the AFC.
  • Buffalo Bills: The Bills have a game against the struggling Patriots (3-11) before their pivotal clash against the Dolphins. To clinch the division, Buffalo needs Miami to lose against the Ravens and then win both of their remaining games.

While Miami has a challenging schedule against tough opponents, including the Ravens and the Bills themselves, their fate for the divisional crown remains firmly in their hands. Buffalo needs to not only win their own games but also rely on specific outcomes from Miami’s matchups to secure the division title. Regardless, both teams are eyeing playoff spots, with Buffalo needing just one win in their final two games to secure at least a wild-card position.