After their only touchdown drive late in the third quarter, Buffalo’s offense struggled to string plays together resulting in a four-and-out followed by a pair of three-and-outs. On the Bills four fourth quarter possessions they gained a combined 32 yards and just two first downs.
“We are not making the plays to win ball games,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “That is what winninng teams do. Winning teams make plays in the fourth quarter to win ball games. We are not doing that right now. We have to do that or we will not get over the hump. That is what we are supposed to be doing. That is what I am supposed to be getting them to do.”
Buffalo’s struggles on offense in the second half gave the Rams just enough chances to put together a game-winning drive in the final minutes. Sam Bradford led a 14-play 84-yard drive that included a pair of third down conversions and a fourth down conversion before Brandon Gibson pulled in a 13-yard touchdown reception with 48 seconds remaining.
St. Louis was also successful on the ensuing two-point conversion to make it a three-point edge (15-12). The way the game ended played out eerily similar to the Bills Week 7 waning moment loss to Tennessee.
“Kind of the last second or last two-minute drive they go up and take the lead – yeah in that regard,” said
With a pair of timeouts and 48 seconds on the clock Buffalo from their own 23-yard line moved out to the 42, but lost yardage from there on a sack and Ryan Fitzpatrick threw an interception with 12 seconds left to end the last ditch effort.
“A missed opportunity, that’s what it was,” said
The Rams opened things up in the second half with a touchdown drive to start the third quarter marching 70 yards on 11 plays. After converting just two of their eight first half third down opportunities, St. Louis converted all three on the scoring drive (one by penalty) before Steven Jackson plunged into the end zone from a yard out for an early third quarter lead (7-6).
“The drive in the third quarter they did some different things as far as what they would show you,” said
The Bills offense woke up as well.
Fitzpatrick then used play action and found a wide open
The first half was largely a defensive struggle. The Bills defense was stout holding the Rams attack to just 71 total net yards in the first half. Sam Bradford was under duress for most of the first two quarters, and was sacked once by
Four of St. Louis’ first six possessions were three-and-outs as Buffalo’s defense held Rams RB Steven Jackson in check. The Rams longest possession through the first two quarters went 10 plays, but ended on an interception by
Jackson finished with just 64 yards rushing on 19 carries (3.4 avg.) as the Bills defense held their fourth straight opponent to under 90 yards on the ground.
“We felt really good at half, but like I said it’s got to be a four quarter game,” said
Buffalo’s offense managed a pair of field goal drives in the first half, the first coming late in the opening quarter.
So the Bills took a 35-yard field goal from
Now 5-8 the Bills host Seattle in Week 15 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto for a 4:05 pm kickoff.