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Bills Slip Away With A 13-7 Victory
McCoy winning score in OT gives them a surprise win on a snowy day.
by Steve Saslow
It was a winter wonderland at New Era Field as the Bills and Colts lvoed battling in a snowstorm so much they decided to put in some overtime. LeSean McCoy ran 21 yards for the winning score with just 1:33 to go in the extra session and a tie looming. McCoy finished the game with 156 yards rushing on 32 carries. Nathan Peterman hit Kelvin Benjamin for an 8 yard touchdown just before halftime to give the Bills the 7-0 halftime lead. He left in the second half with a concussion and Joe Webb had to finish the game. The Colts scored a game tying touchdown pass from Jacoby Brissett to Jack Doyle with 1:16 left in regulation. The Colts appeared to have taken the lead when Doyle caught a two point conversion but a late flag for an illegal pick forced the Colts to settle for the long extra point. Webb than threw an interception but Adam Vinatieri missed his second field goal of the game to force overtime. McCoy's late heroics were setup by a beautiful 34 yard bomb from Webb to Deonte Thompson coming out of the 2:00 warning of the extra session.
The Turning Point:
Not Going For It In OT: Social media was on fire when Sean McDermott decided to punt on 4th and 1 from the Colts 41 with just 4:13 to go in overtime. It appeared he was playing for the tie but his strategy worked as the Bills stopped the Colts after one first down and got the ball back but if it wasn't for the heroics of the pass to Thompson and the run by Shady people would be second guessing that call a long time.
The Big Drive:
Late 1st Half TD: The Bills drove 80 yards in seven plays in just 1:15 late in the first half to get the first points in the game. McCoy had runs of 23 and 25 yards before Peterman hit Benjamin for a 21 yard gainer on a fade pattern followed by the touchdown.
Stat I Did Like:
Yards Rushing: On a day when the running game was paramount, the Bills had 227 yards on the ground.
Stat I Didn't Like:
Turnovers: -2 on the day
- The Bills wore their red color rush uniforms for this game which should have given them an edge since you can see them in the snow better than the Colts white uniforms.
- Will Wolford was the leader of the charge.
- The field was still being dug out from snow during the morning hours and snow was left under the bleachers but it didn't matter as a real snowstorm hit just before kickoff. It was so bad you couldn't see the field from the press box.
- Inactive for the game today were Tyrod Taylor, Cordy Glenn, Leonard Johnson, John Miller, Seantrel Henderson, Khari Lee, and Brandon Reilly.
Key Matchup Results:
The winners of the battles highlighted in our preview article:
RB LeSean McCoy vs. LB Jonathan Bostic: Winner: McCoy. Shady took control of the game late in the first half and then finished it in overtime.
LT Dion Dawkins vs. OLB Jabaal Sheard: Winner: Dawkins. The snow made traction tough for pass rushers.
CB Tre'Davious White vs. WR T.Y. Hilton: Winner: White. The rookie was fired up for his first snow game jumping around and getting the crowd going. There was little in the passing game on this day from Jacoby Brissett but he did find Hilton for two critical first downs on their scoring drive.
LB Preston Brown vs. RB Frank Gore: Winner: Gore. The old man ran over many Bills and had success on the ground to the tune of 130 yards.
Keys To The Game Results:
How the keys highlighted in our preview article turned out:
1. Force Turnovers: Failure! Even in the snow they couldn't take the ball away.
2. Get Shady Going: Success! He got it in gear and led the team on this snowy day.
3. Pressure Brissett: Failure! Tough to get pressure when there are so few passes.
It was a wild game in incredible conditions and the Bills snatched victory from the jaws of defeat or a tie. I will take the win that keeps them in the playoff race no matter how ugly it was. These conditions made it impossible to evaluate players so no grades this week.
The Bills wrap up their three game homestand with the division rival Dolphins making a December trip up north which is a huge advantage for the Bills.
LeSean McCoy - 156 yards on the ground and the winning score. He was the star today.
Kelvin Benjamin - Had three catches for 38 yards but got hurt again.
Colton Schmidt - He punted really good considering the circumstances.
Mike Tolbert - He made one decent run and then fumbled it. I have no idea why he is the backup running back on this team. He is terrible.
Player Of The Week
LeSean McCoy - On a day when running the ball was crucial, Shady was ready.
No Grades this week. Can't grade them in this weather.
Colts Game Preview
|2017 Buffalo Bills|
vs AFC: (5-4)
vs NFC: (2-2)|
Team Rankings: Through Week 13
Total Offense: 26th
Total Defense: 27th
|Player Of The Week|
LeSean McCoy - He was clearly their best player and made sure they got the win with his final run.
|The Bills are now...|
407-466 all time in the regular season.
3-12 with Tyrod Taylor at QB when down by one possession or tied entering the fourth quarter.
4-19 with Tyrod Taylor at QB when down by four or more at any point in a game.
119-165 since 2000.
67-68 in home games since 2001.
17-37 in road games since 2011.
16-38 in road divison games since 2000.
7-15 in their last 22 road divison games.
40-88 against team's with a winning record since 2000.
36-65 against the AFC East since 2001.
19-38 against the AFC East since 2008.
21-15 in OT.
9-19-1 when allowing a safety.
11-13 when they have a punt return TD.
42-14 when winning the turnover battle since 2009.
7-8 in their history in games where there are no turnovers.
5-0 when each team has a 140+ yard rusher.
2-11 when Tyrod Taylor throws more than 30 passes.
2-7 when Tyrod Taylor throws for more than 250 yards.
43-33 when the QB throws for over 300 yards.
4-17 in primetime since 2001.
|Did you know...|
Kyle Williams played in 164 career games which is the most ever by a Bills DT.
Matt Milano and Tre'Davious White are the first rookie duo to have fumble returns for TDs ever for the Bills.
Stephen Hauschka set a team record with seven 50+ yard FG of the season.
LeSean McCoy is the 4th active RB with 3,000 receiving yards in his career.
Tyrod Taylor moved into 1st place on the team's all time QB rushing list ahead of Joe Ferguson.
Tyrod Taylor is 2nd on the team's all time rushing TD list for a QB with 11.
Jerry Hughes is the 6th fastest Bill to 30 sacks as a member of the team.
LeSean McCoy is now over 12,000 yards from scrimmage in his career.
Kyle Williams has 42.5 career sacks moving him into 7th place on the team's all time list, 1st among interior linemen.