— Pro Bowl rosters will be announced tonight LIVE at 7:00 PM on NFL Network.
— MANY HAPPY RETURNS – The Bills scored three return TDs on Saturday (1 on punt ret., 2 on interceptions), the 3rd time in team history with three in one game … others occurred 9/29/68 vs. N.Y.J. (3 INT returns) and 10/8/07 vs. Dal. (2 INT returns, 1 kickoff ret.) … Saturday marked just 21st time in team history with two return TDs in game, and only the 14th to feature returns on defense and special teams. … 5th time in team history with 2 TDs on INT returns (others: 3 vs. N.Y.J. 9/29/68; 2 at Bos. 12/9/67, vs. Ind. 9/20/92, and vs. Dal. 10/8/07) … 2 INT TDs give the Bills 5 for the season, a new team record (old mark, 4, accomplished in 1960, 1966, 1968, and 2004) … Bills are 54-19-4 all-time with INT TD, 4-1 with 2+ … 4 INTs in game tied season-high (also vs. N.E. 9/25 and vs. Phi. 10/9), as did +4 turnover differential (also vs. Phi. 10/9).
— STILL PROTECTING THE QUARTERBACK – The Bills allowed one sack on Saturday, raising their season total to 21; the figure remains tied for the fewest by any NFL team (Tennessee has also allowed 21, incl. one Saturday vs. Jax.).
— RECEIVING AND SHARING – TE Kevin Brock became the 17th different Bill to record a reception this season … It is a new club record in a non-strike season (23 used in 1987); the old non-strike record was 16 in 1965 and 2004.
— BILLS SNAP LOSING STREAK – The Bills snapped their seven-game losing streak, winning their fifth home game of the season (5-3 record in Orchard Park) … most home wins in a season since going 5-3 in 2004 … 40 points for 38th time in team history, 18th at home (last home game with 40+: 12/13/98 vs. Oak. – 44-21) … 26-point difference was largest winning margin at home since 30-point gap in 37-7 win vs. Cle., 12/12/04.
BuffaloBills.com – Bills return game peaking
BuffaloBills.com – Bell, Caussin, Urbik all out for finale
Buffalo News – Bills had nose for ball vs. Denver
Buffalo News – Bills’ O-line down pair for finale
Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills replay: Did we witness a miracle?
Associated Press – Bills limping to finish, lose 3 more to injuries
BuffaloBills.com – Chan Gailey Monday Update
Inside the Bills Blog
Bills almost have to add an OL, Pats make roster move, Almost forgot winning feeling, Bills INT total among NFL’s best, Bills 3rd down ‘D’ improving, Rayner on the misses
AFC East Blog (ESPN.com) – DraftWatch: Dolphins, Bills still in top 10
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Head Coach Chan Gailey
On if his confidence in the team wavered at all during the seven-game losing streak:
My confidence? No. My confidence never wavers. Do I get down after a loss? Yea, I do. You’re always searching for how to get better and how to help the players be a better player. That’s what you’re trying to do. That’s my job is to help put guys in position to try to be successful.
RB CJ Spiller
Led team with 111 rushing yds. … 6th time in career with team-leading rushing total, 4th in row (others this season: 11/27 at N.Y.J. – 55 yds.; 12/4 vs. Ten. – 83 yds.; 12/11 at S.D. – 46 yds.; last week vs. Mia. – 91 yds.) … 1st 100-yd. rushing game of NFL career … 31st player in Bills history with 100-yd. rushing performance … 38-yd. rush in 1st qtr. was new career-long (previous: 35-yd. TD vs. Ten., 12/4/11) … along with 24-yd. TD last week vs. Mia., has 20+ yd. rush in back-to-back games for first time in career … Scored TD on 4-yd. rush in 2nd qtr. to put Bills up 17-7 … along with 2 TDs last week vs. Mia., has first TD streak of NFL career … Rushing TD was 4th of season/career … has TD rushes in 3 of last 4 games
CB Leodis McKelvin
Scored TD on 80-yd. punt return in 2nd qtr. … TD gave Bills 10-7 lead … 21st PR TD in Bills history, first since Roscoe Parrish vs. Sea., 9/8/07 … Bills are 8-13 when scoring PR TD …6th longest PR in team history longest since 82-yarder by Parrish vs. Jax., 11/26/06 … 3rd TD of career, 1st by PR … other TDs came on 98-yd. kickoff return, 11/17/08 vs. Cle. & 64-yd. INT return 11/23/08 at K.C. … 5th player in Bills history to score TDs on 3 different types of returns … 135 PR yds. are new single-game record by Bill, breaking mark set by Roscoe Parrish, 9/7/08 vs. Sea. … 45.0 game average is new club record (min. 3 ret.), breaking old mark of 31.67 set by Kevin Williams, 12/13/98 vs. Oak. (3-95) … 13.4 average for season ranks 3rd on club’s single-season chart (min. 15 returns), behind 16.30 by Roscoe Parrish in 2007 (27-440) and 15.33 by Parrish in 2008 (21-322)
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
Raised season completion total to 324, a new personal season high (255 in 2010) and only the 3rd 300+ completion season in Bills history, joining Drew Bledsoe (375 in 2002) and Jim Kelly (304 in 1991) …Remains 5th on Bills all-time completion list with 706 … 199 behind #4 Drew Bledsoe (905) … Increased season passing yardage total to 3,525, a new personal season high (3,000 in 2010) … 15th season of 3,000+ yds. by a Bills QB and 6th highest ever by Bill in one season (see list, left) … highest single-season yardage total by Bills QB since club-record 4,359 by Drew Bledsoe in 2002 … Remains 5th on Bills all-time passing yardage list with 7,947 … 2,204 behind #3 Drew Blesdoe (10,151)
S Jairus Byrd
Scored on 37-yd. interception return in 4th qtr. … INT was 13th of career, 3rd of season (others: 10/30 vs. Was.; 11/6 vs. N.Y.J.) … TD was 2nd of career (other also came on 37-yd., INT return, 1/2/11 at N.Y.J.) … 13th player in team history with 2+ career INT TDs
DL/OLB Spencer Johnson
Returned first interception of NFL career 16 yds. for first career TD in 4th qtr. to finish scoring … first Bills DL with INT TD since Aaron Schobel (26 yds.) at N.E., 9/14/09 … first Bills DL with INT TD at home since Chris Kelsay pickoff in end zone vs. Dal., 10/8/07
CB Aaron Williams
First interception of NFL career in 4th qtr. gave Bills pickoffs on 3 straight drives
WR Stevie Johnson
Team-high 4 rec. raised season total to team-high 72 … second consecutive 70-rec. season (had 82 in 2010), 3rd Bill ever with such a streak, joining Andre Reed in 1988-91 (71, 88, 71, 81) and Eric Moulds in 2004-05 (88, 81) … first Bill with consecutive 60+ rec. seasons since Eric Moulds had 8 straight between 1998 and 2005 … first Bill with back-to-back 50-catch seasons since Lee Evans had 3 straight between 2006 and 2008 and Josh Reed in 2007 & 2008 … needs 9 rec. to match Andre Reed (81 in 1991) and Eric Moulds (81 in 2005) for 9th on Bills single-season chart
CB Justin Rogers
101 kickoff return yds. … 2nd consecutive 100-yd. KOR game (had 134 last week vs. Mia.), first Bill with streak of 100s since C.J. Spiller had 4 straight in games 2-5, 2010 … Opened game with 40-yd. kickoff return … Along with 54-yd. return last week vs. Mia., becomes 11th Bill with streak of 40+ yd. kickoff returns, first since C.J. Spiller in 2010 (41 at G.B. 9/19 and 93-yd. TD at N.E. 9/26) … Recorded 1st interception of NFL career in 3rd qtr. … takeaway led to FG which gave Bills 26-14 lead
OLB Chris Kelsay
Played in 137th career game, breaking tie with Ruben Brown and Rian Lindell (136 each) for 27th on Bills all-time participation list … Recorded two sacks today, the first multi-sack game of his career … raised career sack total to 29.5, 10th on Bills all-time sack chart … Along with takedown last week vs. Mia, has sack in back-to-back games for 8th time in career; first streak since games 10-11, 2010
THIS DAY IN BILLS HISTORY
December 27, 1981 — BILLS WIN WILD CARD GAME
The Bills stormed out to a 24-0 lead at Shea Stadium, then hung on for dear life as FS Bill Simpson’s goal-line interception preserved a thrilling 31-27 victory over the N.Y. Jets.
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