Sunday’s game between the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills has entered a lightning delay.
Shortly after Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completed a 15-yard pass to receiver DeVante Parker — two plays into the second half — referees ordered both teams back into the locker room at 2:49 p.m.
Play is set to resume at 3:25.
The Dolphins trail, 17-10, after a first half that saw Miami’s defense give up 342 yards of offense to quarterback Josh Allen and the Bills.
Fitzpatrick threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Parker with 38 seconds remaining in the first quarter to tie the game at 7, and Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders kicked a 52-yard field goal with 2 seconds left in the second quarter to keep the contest close.
But the Dolphins offense has been unable to counter Buffalo’s effort offensively in the first home game of the season at Hard Rock Stadium.
Allen threw a 1-yard pass to tight end Reggie Gilliam with 4:55 left in the first quarter, and a 22-yard pass to Stefon Diggs early in the second quarter to retake a 14-7 lead.
Miami was able to slow Allen down the stretch in the second quarter, resulting in a 39-yard field goal by Buffalo kicker Tyler Bass with 2:30 remaining in the first half to take a 17-7 lead before Sanders' field goal.
The Dolphins defense nearly allowed as many yards as it did Week 1 against New England (357) in the first half against Buffalo.
The defense did have a bright spot: Dolphins linebacker Kyle Van Noy forced a fumble on Bills tight end Dawson Knox, which was recovered by rookie Noah Igbinoghene shortly after the touchdown drive. But Miami’s offense was unable to make the most of the turnover opportunity.
When play resumes, the Dolphins will be on their own 40-yard line with more than 14 minutes left in the third quarter.
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