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MIAMI GARDENS William Hayes Jersey , Fla. (AP) — When a field goal gave the Miami Dolphins a seesaw victory over the Chicago Bears, Brock Osweiler was the first player sprinting from the sideline onto the field in jubilation, capping an eventful day for the backup quarterback.Even his morning commute was intense.“I got a little emotional driving to the stadium today, just thinking about the opportunity,” Osweiler said.He excelled making his first start for Miami as a replacement for the injured Ryan Tannehill. Osweiler threw for a career-high 380 yards and three scores, and the Dolphins edged Chicago 31-28 when Jason Sanders kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired in overtime.Here are things to know about a marathon that left both teams exhausted but still in first place:STANDINGSThe Bears (3-2) remained alone atop the NFC North even though their three-game winning streak ended. They play host to New England on Sunday.The Dolphins (4-2) remained tied for first with New England in the AFC East by snapping a two-game losing streak. They play host to Detroit on Sunday.FILLING INOsweiler went 0-4 as a starter for Denver last year, but he rallied the Dolphins from an 11-point deficit with 16 minutes left in regulation. He finished 28 for 44 with no sacks and overcame two interceptions.“My whole mentality was make the most of this, do whatever it takes to help your team get a win and have fun with it,” he said.Coach Adam Gase said he didn’t know whether Tannehill’s injury was long-term. Tannehill has been nursing an injury to his throwing shoulder for several weeks, and it gradually became more of a problem in practice last week.“It kind of got progressively worse as far as his ability to throw the ball the way he wanted to,” Gase said.After Tannehill worked out before the game, it was decided he should be inactive.NOT THE GOATAs Osweiler and other teammates began to celebrate the victory Akeem Spence Jersey , running back Kenyan Drake sank to both knees , his head bowed in gratitude and relief.Drake lost a fumble when the Dolphins were on the verge of winning in overtime. As the Bears then moved into position to try a field goal, Drake received a pep talk from Osweiler.“I just said, ‘Listen, they’re going to miss this field goal, and I need you to bring the swagger and confidence you’ve been playing with all day,'” Osweiler said. “And he looked at me in the eye and he said, ‘OK.'”The Bears’ Cody Parkey did indeed miss a 53-yard attempt. Drake then made a 15-yard reception to help set up Sanders’ game-winner.MISSED CHANCESIn a game with 1,008 yards of total offense, the Bears were hurt by two turnovers in the red zone. Jordan Howard lost a fumble at the 1, and Mitchell Trubisky was intercepted in the end zone by T.J. McDonald.In addition, a disputed offensive pass interference penalty on tight end Trey Burton took a Bears touchdown off the board. Trubisky’s only interception of the game came on the next play.Trubisky A.J. Derby Jersey , coming off the best game of his career two weeks ago, threw for 316 yards and three second-half scores.“It was definitely a crazy game, a lot of ups and downs,” he said. “That kind of roller-coaster game, it can go either way at the end, and today it didn’t go in our favor. But it is fun to be a part of those.”INJURY REPORTDolphins: DE Jonathan Woodard (concussion) left the game in the second quarter. But Gase said several injured players are close to returning, including DE Cameron Wake (knee).Bears: CB Prince Amukamara (left hamstring) was hurt in the second half. The Miami Dolphins have been eliminated from the playoffs, but the season is not over. The Dolphins must travel to Buffalo for the team’s season finale against its division rival, and despite the irrelevance of this contest in terms of postseason contention, both coaches and players still have plenty to compete for, most notably their jobs. In order to win this matchup, the Dolphins will need to stop Buffalo’s offense from creating big plays and putting quick points on the board. The Dolphins defense has struggled with preventing splash plays all season. To do so this week Miami will need to stymie Buffalo’s biggest home run threat.Each week of the 2018 season Josh Sitton Jersey , I’ve highlighted one player on the opposing team that Dolphins fans should be watching out for. For this final week, that player is Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Foster.Fact CheckPosition: WRExperience: RookieAge: 24Height/Weight: 6’2”, 196 lbsCollege: AlabamaStat ReviewCurrently, Foster has accumulated the second most receiving yards of any pass catcher on the Bills roster this season with 520, just 39 yards behind teammate Zay Jones. Astonishingly, Foster has done so with 27 fewer receptions. Foster has corralled just 23 passes to reach that yardage mark, giving him a robust 22.6 yards per reception average. A stat like that clearly shows that when Foster does damage, he does it with massive chunk gains that can drastically alter the course of a drive, and ultimately a game. In Buffalo’s Week 10 rout of the New York Jets, Foster caught just three passes, but racked up 105 yards, with his longest gain coming in at 47 yards. When the Bills took down the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 12 Daniel Kilgore Jersey , Foster brought in just two passes, but one of those was a 75-yard touchdown strike that gave Buffalo a two score lead. In Week 15’s victory over the Detroit Lions, Foster came down with just four receptions, but galloped for 108 total yards. In that contest, his longest reception came in at 42 yards and resulted in the go-ahead score that gave Buffalo the win. Clearly, the rookie has a way of making his catches count.Key MatchupsFoster’s 40-yard dash time of 4.41 seconds is faster than that of any of Miami’s cornerbacks outside of Torry McTyer, whose UNLV Pro Day mark is the same. With that in mind, Matt Burke’s defense better watch out for the young speedster on the boundary. The Dolphins defense has had a propensity for giving up big plays all season, and given Bills quarterback Josh Allen’s arm strength, you can bet that Buffalo will try and use Foster to stretch the field. In fact, the Bills did just that in the teams’ Week 13 matchup with the Dolphins. In that contest, Foster was targeted four times. Multiple of those targets were down the field Albert Wilson Jersey , but Miami managed to limit the rookie to just one reception for 27 yards.The Dolphins are hoping the have cornerback Xavien Howard back from injury for the season finale, a development that would go a long way towards bolstering a defense that has been near the bottom of the league in multiple statistical categories. While Howard could possibly be responsible for covering Buffalo’s top pass catcher in Jones, his return would allow Burke more flexibility to blanket Foster with whichever defensive back he deemed most competent in preventing a big play, whether that be Howard, Bobby McCain, or Minkah Fitzpatrick.

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