Monday, December 23, 2013

Jackson: Dolphins had a lot to play for, 'so did we'


The Miami Dolphins had a lot riding on their divisional bout with the Buffalo Bills.

A victory would've bumped them to the outright lead in the race for the last Wildcard spot, while a loss puts them in a must-win situation next week, with even that not guaranteeing a playoff berth.

Meanwhile, the Bills have been well out of the playoff picture for weeks and are playing out the season as a formality. Buffalo, however, insists it still has plenty to play for.

And Sunday, the Bills played liked a team with a lot on the line.

"Yeah, Miami had a lot to play for coming in but so did we," Bills running back Fred Jackson said after his team's 19-0 whooping of the Dolphins. "We wanted to finish this season strong and they were a team we needed to beat."

Coming off a season sweep of the Dolphins, the Bills finish their 2013 campaign by paying a visit to the New England Patriots next Sunday.

Jackson, who rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries against Miami, has plenty of motivation in the tank for that test, too.

"We’ve got a great opportunity next week to go on and win a game in New England, which I haven’t done since I’ve been here," Jackson said. "Those are the little things that we’re looking for on focusing on our team. "

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