Bills' defense shows up in win over rival Dolphins

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Leodis McKelvin scored on a 79-yard punt return, and the Mario Williams-led, oft-maligned Buffalo Bills defense finally flexed its muscles in a 19-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night.

Safety Jairus Byrd recovered a fumble and made a diving interception, and Bryan Scott sealed the Bills' win with an interception to end the AFC East rival Dolphins' final drive. Williams had one of three sacks for a Buffalo defense that limited Ryan Tannehill-led Miami to 184 yards.

That was enough to make up for an offense that settled for Rian Lindell's four field goals on four drives into the red zone.

Buffalo (4-6) snapped a three-game skid and won for just the second time in seven games.

Marcus Thigpen scored on a 96-yard kickoff return, and Davone Bess had a 2-yard touchdown catch for Miami (4-6), which has lost three in a row.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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