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Bills pull out gutty win over Lions


Final Score: Bills 17 – Lions 14**

Location: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

W-L records: Buffalo (3-2); Detroit (3-2)

In a Nutshell:
Buffalo fell behind early 14-0, but chipped away at the Lions' lead while the Bills' defense held firm. After tying the game with a touchdown catch by Chris Gragg and two-point conversion by Fred Jackson midway through the fourth quarter, Dan Carpenter bombed a 58-yard field goal with four seconds remaining to lift the Bills to a gutty 17-14 victory in what is expected to be the Wilson family's final game as owners of the franchise.


How it went down:
**--Detroit got on the board first when Matthew Stafford found Golden Tate for a nine-yard touchdown pass to cap a seven-play 57-yard drive with five seconds left in the opening quarter (7-0).

--The Lions padded their early touchdown lead less than two minutes later when Kyle Orton's pass attempt to Sammy Watkins on an inside hook route was jumped by Rashean Mathis for a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown (14-0).

--The Bills got their first points of the game off a turnover. Stephon Gilmore intercepted a tipped Matthew Stafford pass and returned it to near midfield. Six plays later Dan Carpenter hit a 45-yard field goal (14-3) with 6:43 left in the second quarter.

--After the two teams swapped a trio of missed field goals (two by Detroit, one by Buffalo) the Bills finished a nine-play 56-yard drive with a 25-yard field goal from Carpenter to make it a one score game with just over a minute to play in the third quarter (14-6).

--Early in the fourth quarter the Bills put together their best drive of the game marching 74 yards on nine plays. The big play was a 3rd-and-10 conversion by Kyle Orton, who found Marquise Goodwin deep down the right sideline for a 42-yard pass play to set up 1st-and-goal at the four. Two plays later Orton found Chris Gragg alone in the back of the end zone for a two-yard touchdown catch.

--Fred Jackson then tied the score on a two-point conversion carry with 9:23 left in the game (14-14).

--The Lions kicker missed three field goals in the second half including a 50-yard attempt to break the 14-14 tie.

--Buffalo then got the game winning points on an improbable 58-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter with four second remaining to cap a final minute drive.

Stat lines
--Kyle Orton in his first start for Buffalo was 30-43 for 308 yards with a touchdown and one interception and a passer rating of 88.1.

--Fred Jackson put up a monster effort on offense with 108 total yards from scrimmage. With his seven receptions he also became the first player in team history to post six receptions or more in three consecutive games.

--The Bills defense recorded six sacks on Matthew Stafford.

--Detroit's offense, which had come into the game ranked fourth in third down conversion percentage (52.4%) managed just one third down conversion in the entire game going just 1-for-11 in the game (9%).

--Marcell Dareus set a career high with three sacks in a game.

--The Bills were flagged for nine penalties in the first half for 54 yards. They tied a season high with 11 total.  

--Ron Brooks was taken off the field on a backboard after landing inverted on his head. He was upended while covering a punt in the first quarter.  He was taken to a local Detroit hospital for further evaluation.

--Detroit was one of only three defenses in the league to be giving up fewer than 200 passing yards per game. Buffalo had 294 net passing yards in the game Sunday.

--In the first half the Bills did not have a possession last more than six plays, but in the second half the first four possession went eight, nine, nine and seven plays, which led to 11 points before the game-winning field goal.

--Both kickers in the game hit the uprights on failed field goal attempts.

CB Ross Cockrell, RB Bryce Brown, LB Nigel Bradham, G Chris Williams, OT Cyrus Kouandjio, WR Marcus Easley, DT Kyle Williams.

Up Next:
The Bills will host the New England Patriots next Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium for a 1 pm kickoff.

Photos from the Week 5 matchup between the Bills and Lions from Ford Field in Detroit.

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