FINAL SCORE: 34-31 OT
LOCATION: Rogers Centre – Toronto, ON
RECORDS: Buffalo (4-8); Atlanta (3-9)
IN A NUTSHELL
Buffalo went 59 minutes and 40 seconds of Sunday’s game without a turnover, and then coughed the ball up on consecutive possessions in a 31-31 game at the end of regulation and in overtime and it cost them a win against the Falcons.
The Bills jumped on the Falcons early staking themselves to a 14-0 first quarter lead, but they couldn’t maintain it. Atlanta tied the game at 17 by halftime, and then took the lead early in the third quarter (24-17).
After punting on four straight possessions between the end of the third and fourth quarter Atlanta cashed in a 1st-and-goal situation to tie the score with 1:28 left in the game (31-31).
With all three timeouts remaining and 1:28 to work with
Atlanta let the clock run out in regulation after a short pass play on their half of the field.
Buffalo won the coin toss at the start of overtime and elected to receive. But Scott Chandler on a 22-yard catch and run fumbled and the Falcons again recovered and returned the loose ball into Buffalo territory.
HOW IT WENT DOWN
--The Bills had an early 14-0 first quarter lead, but it eventually evaporated as the Falcons steadily climbed back into the game with a 49-yard field goal from Matt Bryant tying it at 17 at the half.
--Between the second and third quarters Atlanta scored on three straight possessions to turn a 17-7 deficit into a 24-17 lead.
--C.J. Spiller, following a 33-yard hookup between EJ Manuel and
--Matt Ryan led a touchdown drive with Steven Jackson plunging in from a yard out to tie the game at 31 with under a minute and a half left.
--On the ensuing drive Stevie Johnson had a third down converted, but was stripped of the ball and Atlanta recovered and ran out the clock to force overtime.
--Buffalo with the first possession in overtime was driving, but Scott Chandler fumbled after a catch and run near midfield. Again Atlanta recovered. Five plays later Matt Bryant put the winning 36-yard field goal up and through for a 34-31 victory.
THE HALF OF IT
--C.J. Spiller had 105 yards on nine carries at the break.
--The Bills went 2-3 in the red zone.
--Both of Atlanta’s first half rushing touchdowns went for more than 25 yards (27, 38).
--At halftime Roddy White had five catches for 72 yards for Atlanta, while the rest of the Falcons receiving corps combined had six for 53.
--Zebra influence – After flagging Harry Douglas on 3rd-and-goal at the Bills five for unnecessary roughness backing Atlanta up to the Buffalo 16, the officials called pass interference on
--There were four lead changes and three ties during the course of the game.
--For the fourth time this season the Bills were unable to post back-to-back victories. They are now 1-4 following wins.
--Fred Jackson had a rushing and receiving touchdown in the game. It marked just the second time he’s done that in his career. The only other time was on Nov. 14, 2010 vs. the Detroit Lions
--C.J. Spiller’s 149 rushing yards is his highest single game rushing total since posting 169 on Sept. 9th last season at the New York Jets. It is his second-highest total in his career.
--Buffalo’s defense posted six sacks in the game, which is the most given up by the Atlanta Falcons in a game this season.
The Bills will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers (3-9).