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Buffalo Bills vs. Atlanta Falcons: Week 13 Live Game Thread

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Look for C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson to test the Atlanta Falcons’ woeful run defense. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

FINAL THOUGHTS: Yes, the crowd in Toronto was pathetic. Yes, the referees made several questionable calls that cost the Bills yards and points. Yes, the Bills should have won this game.

However, when everything was on the line, we saw the same ol’ Bills. The Bills who haven’t made the playoffs since 1999 had a chance to win in regulation.

Stevie Johnson took an EJ Manuel pass to the Falcons 30 before having the ball stripped out. If Johnson simply falls to the turf, Buffalo can run the clock down and set up a chip shot field goal for Dan Carpenter. Instead, Johnson carried the ball loosely and had it stripped. The play cost the Bills an attempt to win in regulation, but the defense did their job and sent it to overtime.

After winning the coin toss in overtime, EJ Manuel found Scott Chandler for 22 yards on 2nd and 7. The Bills would have had the ball on their own 45 yard line but Chandler, just like Johnson, had the ball stripped out. While Chandler attempted to protect the ball more than Johnson, he still found a way to cough it up.

It only took Atlanta four plays to drive the ball to Buffalo’s 17 yard line. In a dome, a 36 yard field goal is pretty much an extra point. Buffalo lost to the woeful Atlanta Falcons and once again we’re stuck talking about next year and the NFL draft.

Let’s face the facts. the Toronto series is a failure for the actual Buffalo Bills team. Yes, the deal brings in a ton of money, but today, in a game that mattered for the Bills, there were more Falcons fans in attendance. It’s inexcusable that Buffalo is literally finding itself playing nine away games a year. The Bills are now 1-5 in the series.

It’s so frustrating and heartbreaking to be a Bills fan. Every team that needed to lose today did. The Jets? Smashed by the Dolphins. The Browns? Upset by the Jaguars. The Titans? No Fitzmagic to bring them back against Indianapolis. The Bengals also defeated the Chargers.

However, it was the same ol’ Bills today. Even though other games worked in their favor, the team couldn’t defeat an inferior moment when it mattered.

There’s plenty of young talent on this team and the coaching staff has me optimistic about their future but we can chalk up the 2013 season to the same ol’ Bills.

 

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Fresh and Rested, Buffalo Bills Travel to Toronto to Face Atlanta Falcons in Week 13

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

After missing Buffalo’s Week 11 game with a groin injury, Stevie Johnson is expected back in the lineup Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. (Photo: Jason Bridge — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

The push for the NFL playoffs has begun in earnest with Week 13 underway. It was a party that seemed to exclude the Buffalo Bills after they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10, but after a win against the New York Jets in Week 11 and with losses by the Jets and Miami Dolphins in Week 12, the Bills are, even at 4-7, only one loss out of the AFC’s final playoff spot with one of the easiest schedules remaining among the nine teams in the wild card race.

The Buffalo Bills need to run the table for a realistic playoff push, however, so the quest for the postseason must start with a win against an Atlanta Falcons team that won 13 games and played in the NFC Championship last year. Injuries have ravaged them this year and led them to a disastrous 2-9 start, but they are still not a team the Bills should overlook.

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