MIAMI (AP) -- The Miami Dolphins walked off the field victorious and still in playoff contention. By the time they reached the locker room, they had been eliminated.
Reggie Bush caught two touchdown passes and scored on a short run Sunday to help beat the hapless Bills 24-10. But a few minutes later, the Dolphins (7-8) were out of the postseason chase because of Cincinnati's 13-10 win at Pittsburgh.
Miami began the weekend with only a slim chance at the playoffs and will sit them out for the 10th time in 11 years.
"The NFL has a system in place -- six teams earn a spot in the playoffs," first-year coach Joe Philbin said. "It is what it is."
Philbin didn't make the playoff race a point of emphasis in December, and quarterback Ryan Tannehill said he was unaware the Dolphins had been eliminated until he emerged from the locker room.
"We just have to move forward and learn from past experiences," Tannehill said.
The Bills (5-10) came into the ...