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Eagles slide past Bills 23-20


Location:Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

Overall records:Buffalo (6-7), Philadelphia (6-7)


In a Nutshell: **The Bills came into Philadelphia with no margin for error regarding their AFC Wild Card playoff hopes. Down 20-14 late in the third quarter Buffalo made it a tie game when Mike Gillislee took a 19-yard run into the end zone to knot the game at 20. But penalties on defense handed extra yardage to the Eagles and put Buffalo's own offense in long down and distance situations. It allowed Philadelphia to get a 30-yard game-winning field goal with just over three minutes to play in a 23-20 win all but dashing the Bills playoff aspirations.

Buffalo had two possessions in the last three minutes of the game. The first series was marred by a holding penalty that couldn't be overcome. The second series had a false start penalty that put them in a 3rd-and-long and Tyrod Taylor was intercepted with a minute to play effectively ending the game.

The loss dropped the Bills to 6-7 on the season. LeSean McCoy finished with 109 yards from scrimmage making it his seventh straight such game.

How it went down:--The Eagles marched right down the field on their opening drive with chunk plays a key on the nine-play 61-yard drive. Darren Sproles had a 15-yard carry followed by a one-yard touchdown plunge for an early 7-0 lead with just under 10 minutes left in the opening quarter.

--Buffalo tied the score on the next possession with long passes to Robert Woods (32 yards) and Sammy Watkins (47 yards) with Watkins catch going for a touchdown (7-7) with eight minutes left in the first quarter.

--Philadelphia took advantage of a turnover on a muffed punt when Sam Bradford his Nelson Agholor for a 53-yard touchdown to re-take the lead (14-7) early in the second quarter.  

--The Bills pulled to within four when Dan Carpenter put a 38-yard field goal up and through to cap a nine-play 60-yard drive (14-10) with six minutes left in the half.

--The Eagles tacked on three points at the end of the half with Caleb Sturgis providing a 45-yard field goal (17-10).

--With the first possession of the second half, the Eagles worked efficiently and moved their lead back to a touchdown with Sturgis providing a 41-yard field goal (20-10) early in third quarter.

--Buffalo responded with a field goal drive of their own making it a touchdown game again on a Dan Carpenter 40-yard effort with five minutes left in the third.

--After the defense got a stop, the Bills took advantage of great field position following a 14-yard return by Marcus Thigpen and a 15-yard penalty on Philadelphia. With a drive start at the Eagles 44, Buffalo reached the end zone on a 19-yard run by Mike Gillislee to tie the game near the end of the third quarter (20-20).

--Philadelphia broke the tie with a 30-yard Caleb Sturgis field goal with three and a half minutes to play (23-20).


Subplots: **LeSean McCoy went over 100 yards from scrimmage for the seventh consecutive game, making him just the third player in Bills history to do so (O.J. Simpson, Thurman Thomas).

Buffalo committed 15 penalties for 101 yards including four neutral zone infractions on defense.

QB Tyrod Taylor rushed for 46 yards on Sunday making him the first Bills quarterback to rush for 40-plus yards in six games or more in a season. As for his passing Taylor finished the day 19-36 for 268 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

WR Robert Woods posted his first 100-yard receiving day of the season Sunday. It was his first 100-yard effort since Week 12 last season against the Jets.

WR Sammy Watkins with his 47-yard touchdown catch became the third Bill with 13 touchdown receptions in his first two seasons joining Elbert Dubenion (13) and Lee Evans (16).

TE Charles Clay left the game in the first quarter with a back injury and did not return.

Return man Marcus Thigpen muffed a punt that was recovered by Philadelphia at the Bills' 37. The Eagles got a touchdown off the turnover.

Inactives:QB Josh Johnson, CB Stephon Gilmore, CB Ron Brooks, LB Nigel Bradham, RB Karlos Williams, OT Seantrel Henderson, DE Lavar Edwards.

Up next:The Bills play game two of their three-game swing through the NFC East in Washington Sunday for a 1 pm kickoff.

Photos of the Week 14 game in Philadelphia between the Eagles and the visiting Bills.

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