ORCHARD PARK, N.Y., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Jay Fiedler hit rookie Chris Chambers with a 32-yard touchdown with 48 seconds left Sunday to finish off a dramatic comeback and lift the Miami Dolphins to a 34-27 victory over the Buffalo Bills.
Miami's Olindo Mare connected on a 39-yard field goal with 1:11 remaining in the fourth quarter to tie the game before Nate Clements fumbled the ensuing kickoff at the Bills' 42. Two plays later, Chambers made a leaping catch and fell back into the end zone for the winning touchdown.
Miami scored 24 points in the final quarter
Clements was hit by running back Travis Minor and Patrick Surtain fell on the fumble, giving Miami possession with 1:05 to play.
After Fiedler hit Chambers for a 10-yard pass to the 32, the quarterback threw long down the left sidelines and found Chambers just inside the end zone. The receiver fell backwards for the score just before cornerback Ken Irvin could make a tackle.
"I gave him a little stutter step and he bit on it," Chambers said. "I knew the ball was going to come to me with one man out there. The ball was in a perfect spot."
"What can I say, it was a good catch," Irvin said. "We were in a blitz coverage. We had to play him (in) too tight coverage. I thought I had good coverage, I thought I was doing my job."
The Dolphins are 7-1 in their last eight games following a loss to the New York Jets, who have beaten Miami eight straight, including 24-0 last Sunday.
The win also put Miami (7-3) into a first-place tie with the idle Jets in the AFC East.
The Dolphins (7-3) have won four straight over Buffalo (1-9) for the first time since they captured six in a row from 1984-86.
"I was really proud of this football team and feel great for them to come up with the win," Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt said. "Jay, no turnovers, bounced back, had a big day."
The Dolphins opened the scoring with 3 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter on Lamar Smith's one-yard run.
But the Bills quickly responded as Alex Van Pelt connected with Eric Moulds on an 80-yard touchdown 23 seconds later. Moulds caught a short pass at the 25, bumped off cornerback Patrick Surtain and raced down the right side for the game-tying touchdown.
"The guy is a great challenge," Surtain said. "They made a focal point of getting him back in the offense."
After Mare booted a 25-yard field goal with 8:45 left in the first half, Buffalo took a 14-10 lead with just six seconds remaining in the half on a one-yard pass from Van Pelt to tight end Sheldon Jackson, who juggled the ball in the back left of the end zone.
Van Pelt and Moulds connected again 3:02 into the third quarter on a 54-yard scoring play that gave Buffalo its biggest lead at 21-10.
"I just want to help the team bad," Moulds said. "I've never been in a situation where I have had one win in a season."
Fiedler brought the Dolphins within 21-17 just four seconds into the final quarter when he found tight end Jed Weaver open in the middle of the end zone.
The Bills went 71 yards on 13 plays, using up 6:40 on the clock to make it 27-17 when rookie Travis Henry ran to his right for an eight-yard score but Jake Arians' extra-point attempt missed wide right.
The Dolphins were faced with fourth and 14 at Buffalo's 38 on the next drive, but Fiedler found Dedric Ward at the 22 to keep it going. The next play, Fielder hit Chambers near the left sidelines in the end zone bringing Miami within three with 4:07 remaining.
"In the short career that I've had, I just wanted to go out and make a statement today," Chambers said. "They (coaches) gave me an opportunity to make a play at the end, everybody played great down the stretch. Every play counted and we got the job done."
Buffalo went three-and-out on the next series and Miami took over at its own 38 with 3:24 remaining in the game and no timeouts.
The Dolphins were faced with second and five from the Bills' 25 and Fiedler lofted a pass intended for Oronde Gadsden, who knocked the ball away just before safety Travares Tillman had a chance at an interception.
"I had a costly fumble early in the game and I had to do something to make up for it," Gadsden said.
After failing on the next play, Wannstedt put Mare into the game, even though it was third down.
The loss was Buffalo's sixth straight at home, which is the most since it lost all eight of its home games in 1984.
"Usually, when you are a bad team, you're a bad team," Van Pelt said. "I don't think we are as bad as our record states that we are."