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Second Down – Week 12

Leodis McKelvin's 64-yard interception return was the longest by a Bills defender since 1995. What former Bills player made a 69-yard interception return against the Patriots on Nov. 26 of that year?

Double trouble
McKelvin's interception return for a touchdown gave him two scores in his last two games as the rookie had a 98-yard kick return for a touchdown the previous week against the Browns. It marks just the second time in team history that a Bills player had return touchdowns in back-to-back games by two different methods.

The only other time it happened was in 1962 when Carl Charon scored on a blocked punt and a 40-yard interception return in consecutive weeks against the Dallas Texans and Houston Oilers.

McKelvin had two interceptions in the game making him the first rookie with a multi-interception game since Jim Haslett did it almost 30 years to the day on Nov. 25, 1979 at New England.

Gains on returns
The Bills top pick came into the Kansas City game as the league's leading kick returner with a 29-yard return average. He didn't do anything to hurt it Sunday. Despite all the squib kicks McKelvin still managed two returns for 67 yards including a 46-yard long.

McKelvin now has at least one return of 40-plus yards in four straight games to tie a club record. Terrence McGee has four game streaks in both 2005 and 2006. He also increased his season average to 29.23.

Edwards explodes
It wasn't a 300-yard passing game, but there wasn't much else missing for the Bills quarterback Sunday. Trent Edwards had a pair of touchdown passes, completed 75 percent of his passes and ran for a pair of scores as well.

Edwards now has three rushing touchdowns on the season, which is the most by a Bills signal caller since 1966 (Jack Kemp-5). All three have come in the last two games, as it was just the fifth time in team history that a Bills quarterback has scored rushing touchdowns in back-to-back games.

His 121 passer rating in the game was also a career high eclipsing his 119.8 passer rating at Jacksonville in Week 2. It's the third time this season his passer rating has been over 100. The Bills are now 9-0 when Edwards has a passer rating of 80 or higher.

Edwards two touchdown passes also extends his streak of games with a touchdown throw to four games matching the longest streak of his career, which were the first four games of this season.

Some other firstsLeodis McKelvin stole the show with his first career interception and return for a touchdown Sunday, but several other Bills recorded firsts as well.

Derek Schouman recorded his first touchdown catch with his 17-yard grab in the fourth quarter.

Rookie cornerback Reggie Corner posted his first career forced fumble, which was recovered by George Wilson and led to a field goal.

Copeland Bryan posted his first career sack when he took down Tyler Thigpen in the first quarter to force a punt.

And Blake Costanzo posted two forced fumbles on coverage teams, the first two of his career.

Record day for Lindell
Double digit scoring days are nothing new for Rian Lindell. Sunday was his 21st career game with 10 points or more. The only difference was 18 points was a new career high for a single game.

Lindell had four field goals and six extra points in the game. It was just his eighth career game with four or more field goals, all of which have been with Buffalo.

The veteran kicker now has 600 career points becoming just the third player in team history with 600 points or more. He is now just five points away from his fifth career 100-point season.

Lynch busts through
Marshawn Lynch set a new career high for touchdowns in a season with his one-yard touchdown run on the team's opening drive Sunday. Lynch now has eight touchdowns on the season eclipsing his rookie year total of seven.

Another 100 for Evans
For the fourth time this season Lee Evans surpassed the 100-yard receiving plateau in a game. The Bills top wideout had 110 yards on five receptions Sunday.

The four 100-yard games is the most Evans has ever posted in one season. Evans currently leads the AFC in yards per reception with a 19.3 mark.

On the spot
Marcus Stroud and George Wilson teamed up for a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery at New England two weeks ago. On Sunday each of them had a fumble recovery. Wilson picked up a loose ball forced by Reggie Corner in the first half and Stroud recovered a Tyler Thigpen fumble in the second half.

Both takeaways led to Rian Lindell field goals. Wilson also added a sack in the fourth quarter.

Name that player answer
Cornelius Bennett is the last Bills player to have a longer interception return for a touchdown. The former linebacker brought a Drew Bledsoe pass back 69 yards for a score in the 1995 season.

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