Sep 15, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams (94) sacks Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Nickel and Wide Right Awards

GetAttachmentThe Buffalo Bills were able to edge out the Carolina Panthers 24-23 with 2 seconds left on the clock.  The Bills for the most part played a pretty good game and it was a consistent game.  There were a couple of players that stood out for both good and bad.

Buffalo Nickel Awards:

While watching the game I took note and two players really stood out as impact players that played well throughout the game.  Leodis McKelvin was able to cover Steve Smith by himself and was able to limit him on the receptions and yards.  McKelvin brought back memories from 3 to 4 years ago and if he was 3-4 years younger I would not have been cautious in the beginning of the game as to the corner back situation.  McKelvin and staff proved me wrong and played pretty well for who they had in.

Mario Williams comes away with 4.5 sacks and now holds the franchise record for sacks in a game.  Williams was able to keep Newton at bay and looks like the Super Mario we expected last year.  A year late but still more than welcome.

Wide-Right Awards:

The Wide-Right Award is going to one person that did not play as well as he did last week and seem to cause the game to be closer than it should have been.  EJ Manuel, even though he led the final drive for the winning TD, I do not think he would have gone 31 yards with 21 seconds on the clock without that pass interference penalty that put them on the 11 yard line.  Manuel also had a fumble and an interception that could have been handled better.  Without these and better focused game by Manuel, the game should have been won with a bigger margin than just 1 point.

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