Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Jordan Phillips pushed his way through the Miami Dolphins defensive line, met running back Kenyan Drake with full force and laid Drake onto the ground for a loss of 4 yards midway through the fourth quarter.
Phillips was sending a message: Two months after being cut by the Dolphins, he’s back, even if just for one game.
There was just one problem: Phillips went just too far after the play. Officials threw the flags.
Taunting. Half the distance to the goal. First down Miami.
Two plays later, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill found Kenny Stills in the corner of the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown. A little less than nine minutes later, Miami walked off its home field with a 21-17 win.
“Just play smart. Play smart. That’s football,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said. “I didn’t see him do anything that … You know, he’s playing emotional football. He made a great play in the backfield, but at the same time, you can’t beat yourself. If that’s how they’re going to call it, that’s how they’re going to call it, and we have to play smarter than that.”
Phillips finished the game with three tackles and a pass deflection.
“I felt like I played a good game and made some plays. I’ll leave it at that,” Phillips said. “I don’t care what the refs were saying. I don’t care what the refs were doing. They wanted to do what they did and I did what I did.”