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The Miami Dolphins fell just short of upsetting the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
After overcoming a 17–0 deficit in the second quarter, the Dolphins turned the ball over on downs 34–31 in the fourth quarter.
A fourth and 1 near midfield with 2:28 remaining represented a turning point.
Unfortunately, the Dolphins were called for delay of game.
He failed to convert on 4th-and-6, paving the way for a Bills victory.
After the game, according to Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN,
Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said that he did not have the call ready to play because he thought he had a first down.
He said he had been informed "from above" that he had a new set of downs.
McDaniel's candor has often felt refreshing from an NFL head coach. However, fans felt that honesty was not the best policy in this situation.
One fan said, "It's good that he's admitting it, but I don't think it's going to be okay."
Diamondback's Varun Shankar wrote, "Batman couldn't get this out of me." One fan said, "Lying is a choice."
"Always be prepared," commented Lisa Johnson of Our Turf Football. "It's up to you, Coach."
One fan said, "The whole level needs to be improved, everyone has something to work on."
"Mike McDaniel needs to improve how he addresses these types of situations."
It was a rookie mistake by a first year head coach making his playoff debut.
Not helping matters, the Dolphins were down on third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson, a seventh-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Miami overcame the odds by keeping the game close.
While the takeaways gave them a fighting chance, the Dolphins averaged only 3.3 yards per play and committed seven punts.
The loss could prove to be a valuable learning experience for McDaniel and the Dolphins.