Seven times this year, the Buffalo Bills have lost when within one touchdown going into the final quarter of the game. This time, however, they emerged victorious.
Clinging to a slim lead through most of the contest, the Bills weren’t able to put away the struggling Chiefs. As Matt Cassel marched Kansas City down the field converting third down after third down in the game’s final drive, it looked as though Buffalo would be adding an eigth tally in their notorious “fourth quarter choke” column.
But then the Bills were able to do something they have struggled with all season — making the big play. The way it came though was anything but uncommon; an interception.
The Bills, who lead the league in interceptions with 25, added another four this weekend. Undoubtedly, this ability to force turnovers in the air has kept the Bills in a number of games they would likely have otherwise been uncompetitive in. Most memorably, the five interceptions thrown by Jets QB Mark Sanchez back on Oct. 18.
“They never flinched on the sideline,” Bills interim coach Perry Fewell said. “They came up with the turnovers when they had to come up with them. I was very proud of them. They were very determined today to get a victory.”
Bills kicker Ryan Lindell was able to make 3 of 4 on the day, responsible for all three of the Bills’ final scores. Fred Jackson had one of his best outings in a number of weeks, able to tally 99 yards on 20 carries. Terrell Owens was able to catch another touchdown — moving him closer to retaining his Key to Buffalo — but only had two receptions for 15 yards. Fitzpatrick was nothing special completing 12 of 20 for 86 yards with one touchdown to his favorite tartget, and one pick.
The real story, again, was the Bills’ secondary and line-backing corps forcing turnovers. Byrd, McGee, Posluszny, and Wilson all were in on the action.
The Buffalo Bills, now 5-8, will play host to the New England Patriots this Sunday. The Patriots, at 8-5, find themselves in a vary tight race in the AFC East holding a one game lead over both the Jets and the Dolphins. With four teams at 7-6 in the AFC and Denver at 8-5 the Wild Card situation is in total disarray. For the Pats, it is a complete must-win. Should be fun to watch.