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Dolphins HC McDaniel Was Concerned for People's Safety as Bills Fans Threw Ice Balls

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVDecember 18, 2022

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 17: Head coach Mike McDaniel of the Miami Dolphins watches the coin toss from the sidelines prior to an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium on December 17, 2022 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)
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Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel wasn't amused to see Buffalo Bills fans throw snowballs from the stands during Saturday's game.

McDaniel asked the referees during his team's 32-29 loss whether fans throwing snow could result in a penalty.

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The game was really delayed earlier because too many fans were throwing snowballs at the Dolphins 🤣<br><br>Refs said it will be a 15-YARD PENALTY if a Dolphins player is hit <a href="https://t.co/ATQ5UndeVn">pic.twitter.com/ATQ5UndeVn</a>

"I was just more concerned with safety when there are ice balls flying at people's heads," he said of the matter after the game. "I think that's what [the officials] were concerned with as well. There were several people that got hit. It's whatever."

Early in the contest, Bills fans took full advantage of the snowfall that hit the Buffalo region before the game.

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Bills fans throwing snowballs to celebrate the TD 😂❄️<br><br>(via <a href="https://twitter.com/BuffaloBills?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BuffaloBills</a>)<a href="https://t.co/S5C9TusR35">pic.twitter.com/S5C9TusR35</a>

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Dolphins bench is getting pelted with snowballs during the TD celebration

The forecast called for wintry conditions at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, so the Dolphins knew what to expect in that regard. McDaniel wore a shirt at practice that read, "I wish it were colder," and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Miami packed "1,400 pounds worth of trunks of cold weather gear, multiple cleats for every player and capes."

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Mike McDaniel's vibe at practice:<br><br>-Pants rolled up<br>-Wearing a "I wish it were colder" t-shirt<br>-Bumping YG<br><br>Legend 🤣 <a href="https://twitter.com/brgridiron?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@brgridiron</a><br><br>(via <a href="https://twitter.com/nickysmokess?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@nickysmokess</a>)<a href="https://t.co/we4K0WZ4uO">pic.twitter.com/we4K0WZ4uO</a>

All in all, McDaniel's squad didn't seem to have much trouble. Tua Tagovailoa went 17-of-30 for 234 yards and two touchdowns, while Raheem Mostert ran for 136 yards on 17 carries.

The Dolphins led by eight points in the fourth quarter before Josh Allen's five-yard touchdown pass and two-point conversion tied the game at 29. The Bills' Tyler Bass connected to a 25-yard field goal as time expired for the win.

Buffalo has one more home game left in the regular season and is on track to host at least one playoff matchup as the top seed in the AFC at the moment. Should snow blanket Northern New York on either occasion, the Bills might make sure to remind their fans to avoid engaging in any snowball fights from their seats.