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What they're saying: Bills react to missed opportunities in loss to New England


Head Coach Sean McDermott

Q: Is there any consolation in the fact that you are still alive. You knew where you would be after this game, win or lose, is there any consolation in that going into week 17?

SM: Yeah, I mean we have done some good things. I mean, I thought today, we played well at times. And there were times where we didn't play well. You know, you got to score points in the red zone. Then we have got to be able to stop the run and be able to run the ball on offense. And we had some special teams moments in there, good and bad, so you know, we have to learn from this. Lot to take away from this game, move forward and continue to grow and get better.

Q: How disappointed, frustrated, whatever the word, on the [Kelvin] Benjamin play? Two former heads of officials tweeted that it shouldn't have been overturned. I know you're not going to comment on that, but just how disappointing was that. That it was a touchdown, that they took away from you.

SM: Yeah, I am at a loss. A loss as to, I saw it as a touchdown. And other than that, all I can say right now is, I am at a loss for how a play like that can get overturned.

Q: Coach, points have been hard to come by in the second half of late. Is there anything that is keeping you guys down, in terms of what opponents are throwing at you second half-wise? Or just adjustments?

SM: Red zone. You get in the red zone, you've got to be able to score touchdowns against a good team. Jerry, you mentioned this, a good team and good quarterback. You have got to be able to score touchdowns in the red zone and we weren't able to do that today. We had some good drives in the first three quarters of the game. In particular, going in before half and coming after half. We knew that would be important for us and almost a flip of the first game against New England where they had the ball going into the half and after the half, and then had the ball again. We knew those drives would be critical and then came away with, as opposed to two touchdowns, came away with two field goals.

Wide Receiver Kelvin Benjamin

(On the touchdown that was overturned)

"The referee made the call and you have to live with that. We just had to move on and come out in the second half and try to put some more points on the board. You can only control what you can control, and you have to keep playing and move on from there."

(On the mood in the locker room at the half)

"It was energetic; the score was basically 0-0. So we wanted to come back out and drive down the field and score some points."

(On moving the ball but not scoring offensive touchdowns)

"I guess they had good schemes. We definitely have to do better when we get down into the red zone punching it in. It's just something we have to work on, moving forward as a team."

Running Back LeSean McCoy

(On the running game)

"Sometimes when I'm in the game, we're not rushing well. It's just a matter of calling the right plays, and us players going in and doing the right thing. It just comes down to focusing on the small details, and having that extra push, that extra drive to get it in. On that type of team, knowing that 12 [Tom Brady] is back there we have to put points up and compete."

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor

(On the game)

"It is very disappointing. We went into halftime and the score was even, and we cannot really spend too much thought on it and at the end of the half it was a horrible call. It is disappointing but you have to move forward. We cannot come out and not execute in the second half."

(On no touchdowns from the red zone)

"The lack of execution and to get down there and not come away with seven on a couple of those drives was definitely disappointing. We have to be better across the board and it starts with me. We have to get seven points when we get down there especially against this team."

(On recovering emotionally from the reversed touchdown call)

"Not necessarily, it was a bad call but we cannot put too much thought into it. Especially going into halftime you have to be able to regroup and make adjustments. You have to be able to come out and play ball. We were able to do it and were able to move the ball up and down the field; we just didn't punch it in when we had to."

Defensive End Jerry Hughes

(On whether the Bills defense was worn down in the second half)

"They picked up and went no huddle a little bit. For us it's just we've got to be a lot more fundamentally sound when Tom [Brady] goes no huddle. We understand that we've got to get back to the huddle, get our call and get down and play. You've got to be able to read and react a lot faster. We saw it on film. It just happened a lot faster than what we expected."

(On the Bills mindset going into the final regular season game)

"We want to go down to Miami and solidify a win. We understand that it's going to be tough. It's going to be a tough road game, especially being a division game. We know how Miami likes to play us really tough so we understand that it's going to take an all team effort. Everybody's got to be really buying in. We've got to come out and put this game behind us for sure after tonight and then just focus on Miami. If we handle business with them, who knows what might happen."

Cornerback Tre'Davious White

(On the frustration of the loss)

"It's a big deal, anytime you don't finish in a position you want, it's disappointing. They [Patriots] do a great job of adjusting on the line, and exploiting any little mistakes we make. Any little tweak that we don't see or that we do wrong. They do a great job of exploiting it."

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