"You grabbed him," someone said.
"Well, that's my way of covering."
Lonnie Johnson, the other tight end, was tied up too. So Kelly bailed out and threw the ball away and collected a 10-yard intentional-grounding penalty. On second-and-goal from the 12, Kelly's dump pass attempt was incomplete. Third-and-goal, Kelly fell down handing the ball off to Thurman Thomas, who picked up two. Then on fourth down Kelly tried to hit wideout Andre Reed, who was standing outside Buckley on the goal line. A real bullet might have made it, but it was a tired pass, and Buckley stepped over and picked it off and rang down the curtain.
Kelly's real trouble on Sunday was from the waist down. When he wasn't having difficulty avoiding the rush, he threw off balance. Maybe it was the residue of the pulled right hamstring that kept him out of two games. Maybe it was because his receivers had such a tough time shaking free.
"Hey, it wasn't all Kelly's fault," Buckley said. "Give the Miami Dolphins some credit."
Yes, Miami did have four rookies starting on defense against one of the NFL's trickiest attacks. And on offense the Dolphins' reserve quarterback, Craig Erickson, was throwing in that nasty Buffalo wind and making few errors while facing one of the league's finest defenses. We'll give them all the credit in the world. And for Kelly? A big question mark.