No. 4: Orton leads Bills on game-winning drive (Bills vs. Vikings 10/19)
The Vikings came into this one 2-4. Nobody thought that Minnesota would be able to hang with Buffalo, but they did. All the way to the final drive.
The then-3-3 Bills turned the ball over four times, with Anthony Barr recovering two of the three Buffalo fumbles lost for his Vikings. Minnesota was also able to tally six sacks, including three by Everson Griffen as the Vikings held a 16-10 lead with just over three minutes remaining.
After Jeff Locke‘s punt reached the end zone, the Bills had to go 80 yards to win the game and avoid a devastating loss in terms of confidence. That would have made it four losses in their previous five games.
But Kyle Orton had other ideas.
With only two timeouts remaining, Orton drove Buffalo down the field and threw a touchdown pass to the left side of the end zone with one second remaining to tie it at 16. Dan Carpenter added the extra point to put the Bills back above .500 at 4-3.
The touchdown would not have been possible without a giant fourth-down conversion at their own 40. On fourth and 20, Orton threw a dime over the middle of the field, hitting Scott Chandler for a gain of 22 to keep the drive alive.
Next: No. 3: Starting off on the right foot