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Bills squeak past Titans, 14-13


Location:Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN

Overall records:Buffalo (3-2), Tennessee (1-3)

In a Nutshell:Buffalo's defense held the team in the game early when their offense got off to another slow start, and they stood tall at the end of the game getting the stops they needed to lift the Bills to a 14-13 victory over the Titans. 

Stephon Gilmore came off his coverage assignment to come back to a pass down the left sideline intended for Kendall Wright and picked off his second pass in as many games with 1:32 remaining to seal the win.

Buffalo also got a stop on the Titans previous possession to force a punt to kill valuable clock and force the Titans to use all their timeouts. 

The Bills offense was held scoreless until the back half of the third quarter. Trailing 10-0 to Tennessee, Buffalo finally found the end zone thanks to the legs of Tyrod Taylor, who ran 22 yards for the team's first touchdown (10-7).

Then following a field goal drive by the Titans, Taylor on the ensuing possession hit Chris Hogan for a 46-yard pass play to set up first-and-goal. And Taylor turned to Hogan again for a two-yard touchdown and Dan Carpenter's extra point was the difference in the one-point victory to improve to 3-2 on the season.


How it went down: **--The Titans were more in sync on offense in the opening quarter and had a field position advantage as well. It only translated however, into a three-point lead as Ryan Succop got Tennessee on the board first with a 21-yard field goal early in the second quarter (3-0).

--After more than two quarters of game clock, the Titans capitalized on a fumbled punt return by Denarius Moore at the Bills 39-yard line with Antonio Andrews scoring on a one-yard plunge to make it 10-0 Tennessee midway through the third quarter.

--Buffalo finally got on the board with just over a minute remaining in third quarter when Tyrod Taylor took a quarterback draw 22 yards to the end zone for a touchdown.  

--Tennessee answered with a field goal drive on the ensuing possession as they converted a few key third down drives to get Ryan Succop close enough for a 41-yard field goal to make it 13-7 with 9:36 left in the game.

--Buffalo came up with a big play to set up first-and-goal as Chris Hogan pulled in a 46-yard pass from Taylor, and followed a few plays later with a two-yard touchdown catch to tie the game at 13 and the extra point lifted the Bills to the win.

--Stephon Gilmore picked off a Marcus Mariota pass with 1:32 left to close out the game.


Subplots: **On Buffalo's first scoring drive, Tyrod Taylor had three carries for 53 yards including a 22-yard scoring run. He finished the game 10-17 for 109 yards and a touchdown pass. He rushed for a total of 76 yards to lead the team.

Boom Herron was the first to see action at running back with LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams inactive. Many thought Boobie Dixon would get the start, but Herron wound up being the leading ball carrier for Buffalo.

RB Cierre Wood was carted off the field with a knee injury leaving Buffalo with just two healthy running backs.

Buffalo struggled for a second straight week on third down. The Bills were just 4-12 on third down conversions.

Aaron Williams left the game early with a neck injury, but returned before the end of the first quarter.

Inactives:WR Sammy Watkins, RB LeSean McCoy, RB Karlos Williams, S Bacarri Rambo, LB Tony Steward, OL Gabe Ikard, DL Alex Carrington.

Up next:The Bills return home to host the Cincinnati Bengals for a 1 pm kickoff at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Photos of all the action from Week 5's Titans vs. Bills game in Nashville.

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