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Thread: Regular season week 3- Buffalo Bills 34 New England Patriots 31-September 25 2011

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    Regular season week 3- Buffalo Bills 34 New England Patriots 31-September 25 2011

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Hold on to your seats, the Buffalo Bills are showing they're for real.


    Rian Lindell hit a 28-yard field goal as time expired to cap a stunning comeback for a 34-31 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday. The win snapped Buffalo's 15-game losing streak against the Patriots that dated to 2003, and sparked a wild celebration in which stadium officials guarded the goal posts to ensure fans didn't bring them down.

    As Lindell's kick sailed through the uprights, holder Brian Moorman jumped on Lindell's shoulders, and receiver David Nelson went running down the other end of the field pumping his fist.

    The Bills (3-0) won courtesy of yet another Ryan Fitzpatrick-led rally, overcoming a 21-0 second-quarter deficit. It was reminiscent to what the Bills did in a 38-35 win over Oakland a week earlier, when they scored touchdowns on their final five possession to overcome a 21-3 deficit.

    This time, they did it against their longtime AFC East nemesis.

    Tom Brady went 30 of 45 for 386 yards and four scores for New England (2-1), which had a 10-game regular-season winning string ended. Wes Welker had 16 catches for a franchise record 217 yards and two scores.

    Despite setting a league record for most yards passing over a three-game stretch, Brady matched a career worst with four interceptions. That included Drayton Florence's 27-yard interception return for a touchdown with 10:22 left that came 14 seconds after Buffalo's Fred Jackson tied the game at 24 with a 1-yard plunge.

    Though Brady led the Patriots back to tie the score at 31 on a 6-yard touchdown pass to Welker -- on fourth-and-goal, no less -- the Bills would not be denied.

    Getting the ball back with 3:25 remaining, Fitzpatrick needed only three plays to get the Bills into scoring position.

    Facing first-and-10 at the Patriots 39, Fitzpatrick hit Jackson on a short crossing pattern over the middle. Jackson broke lose and was attempting to dive into the end zone before being tackled from behind by Devin McCourty.

    Officials initially ruled Jackson had scored before having it overturned on video review.

    That wound up an advantage to the Bills, who ran down the clock by kneeling. The Patriots ran out of timeouts -- and composure as an unsportmanlike conduct penalty against Vince Wilfork gave Buffalo another set of downs at the 1.

    Dating to 1950, the Bills became the only team to overcome deficits of at least 18 points to win in consecutive weeks, according to STATS LLC. In fact, only six teams have won twice in one season when trailing by 18 or more points.

    The last team to do so: the Patriots in 1996.

    This comeback started before halftime. Down 21-0, Fitzpatrick capped a 96-yard drive by hitting Stevie Johnson for an 11-yard touchdown. Brady's first interception came on the following possession, which led to Lindell's 42-yard field goal.

    Johnson had eight catches for 94 yards and a touchdown for Buffalo. Tight end Scott Chandler also scored on a 3-yard catch.

    It was a back-and-forth game featuring two of the NFL's top-scoring teams. The Bills racked up 448 yards on offense and 24 first downs. The Patriots were even more productive, finishing with 495 yards offense and 30 first downs.

    Brady's 387 yards passing gave him 1,326 in three games. That eclipsed the record of 1,257 set in 2006 by New Orleans QB Drew Brees. It was also Brady's 37th 300-yard career game, moving him into ninth place, one ahead of John Elway.

    Brady's four touchdowns gave him 272, one short of tying Joe Montana for ninth place on the NFL list.

    The Patriots extended their franchise-record streak to 11 games of scoring 30 points or more, three short of matching the NFL record set by the St. Louis Rams in 1999-2000.


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    Last edited by Colts01; 09-25-2011 at 05:25 PM.
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    Still tied!
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    Bills, 38-34.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottDCP View Post
    Bills, 38-34.
    Fricking Nostradamus!

    21-0 in the first half and the Bills won this game? Among other highlights from this - the most enjoyable Bills win in say, a decade - was watching Bellichick lose it on the sideline.

    This is the second straight game that the Bills have won that I really don't understand how they actually did it. Guess it's time to realize that this is a great offence and even though the defense is well below average... they never stop believing in themselves. Damn! that was fun!
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    Well done, Bills. Fans rejoice. You deserve it.
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    Great game by the Bills. Showed terrific resilience.

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    Great win by Buffalo.Welker was awesome but the Bills look 4-Real!
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    I am thrilled at the victory. I got to see the end, due to another baby shower running long. Love Fred Jackson. When Belichick blows his weekly smoke at competitor media, I think he's trying to let Freddie know he'd be welcomed in Nantucket without tampering. Bill's been using three guys to do what Freddie does, for ten years.

    And I had Welker and Gronk active on my fantasy team, becausse while they're my team, those two guys are guaranteed some stats.

    Add Lesean McCoy, and I slammed the other guyy.

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    Nice bit of insider info form George Wilson on his interception yesterday:


    “Gronkowski caught a couple in the seam and early in the game I was lined up on him and I forced him with an outside release so I was inside technique and Brady did a good job of putting the ball on him high and behind me so I was running with no vision in coverage,” Wilson explained. “When we got back in the tight red zone area we know that (Brady) loves to target 87. So I played it a little differently.

    “I forced (Gronkowski) to go inside so I could have vision on the ball (over my shoulder), and as I was running and looking at him I saw his eyes get big so I knew the ball was coming. I got my head around and was able to throw my hands up and get them on the ball and get the turnover and Ryan and the offense did a great job of converting it into points.”

    Love the bit about reading his eyes, of course, but I really dig the vision-on-the-ball explanation.

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