– KEEPING THE QUARTERBACK WELL-PROTECTED – The Bills allowed two sacks yesterday, raising their season total to 23; the figure finishes as the fewest by any NFL team in the 2011 season … 23 sacks are the 3rd fewest allowed by Buffalo in a 16-game season (16 in 1981, 20 in 1980) and tie as the 6th fewest allowed in team history (also allowed 23 in 1962).
BuffaloBills.com – Bills early lead vanishes vs. Pats
BuffaloBills.com – Johnson benched after early TD
BuffaloBills.com – Stevie sets team mark despite TD display
Buffalo News – Bills flame out in finale in New England
Buffalo News – After benching, Johnson sorry his antics hurt team
Buffalo News – Why so serious? Because Stevie is so childish
Buffalo News – Heard has sound performance in Bills’ loss
Buffalo News – Bills quarterly report
Buffalo News – Bills-Patriots report card
Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills blow 21-point lead in loss to New England Patriots
Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills’ lopsided loss predictable end to season
Rochester D&C – Sal’s Six Points: The Answers
Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills: Report Card
Associated Press – Brady leads Pats to top seed, beats Bills 49-21
Associated Press – Bills WR benched for ‘Happy New Year’ T-shirt
Toronto Sun – Dumb move, Johnson
Sun Chronicle – Unhappy response to Johnson’s greeting
Springfield Republican – Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson explains celebration penalty
Bills Roundup: Stevie Benched as Bills Lose Finale
Stevie Johnson on Getting Benched
Chan Gailey on Pats Loss, Benching Stevie
Ryan Fitzpatrick Postgame Press Conference
Bills vs. Patriots highlights
PHOTOS – Week 17: Patriots 49, Bills 21
Inside the Bills Blog
Buffalo draft pick in top 10, Bills 2012 opponents, Bills 2012 free agents, Moorman sets mark, Chandler update, Stevie TD display
NickMendola.com – Immediate Reactions: New England 49, Buffalo 21
Bills Beat Blog (WGR) – Bills Will Pick 10th in 2012 NFL Draft
Pro Football Talk – Big fine could be coming for Stevie Johnson
Head Coach Chan Gailey
What’s your view of Stevie Johnson’s penalty?
Well, what we said after we had an issue earlier in the season was ‘If anybody got a penalty that hurt our football team for any kind of demonstration, that he was out that game and then we would decide about the next game.’ And so, if I say that, then I am going to do it, so he was out.
How disappointed are you in him for doing what he did? Because he knows better…
Well, you know, I am disappointed. What happens is, it happened last year, he put a message on his shirt, showed his shirt and didn’t get a flag. And he does it this year, and he gets a flag. Which one is it, you know? It puts me in a bind because I make the statement and if I say it, I’m going to do it. So, I could not argue the grey area of that. So, yeah, I’m disappointed and if it hurts the team, then I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do.
You got up 21-0, then what happened down the stretch?
We were, I mean, I thought we were moving the football and then we got a bad snap that ended up costing us and we ended up second-and-19, and we couldn’t recover from that. Then we got a holding call and then we couldn’t recover from that. You know, we just couldn’t get it going back after that. We missed a field goal right before the half, which hurt, because we moved it down there enough to give ourselves an opportunity for points and so it would have been good to make those points. And then in the second half, I wanted to run the ball a little bit more with C.J. [Spiller], but we could not get that going enough and then we were so far behind, we had to stay in the game with our four wides personnel.
You came out up tempo, no-huddle and you had the fake punt. What was your mindset going in with regards to those two things?
Well, I felt like when we played them the first time, we hurt them with some hurry up stuff. We felt like we could move the football, let Fitz [Ryan Fitzpatrick] see all the unusual things that were trying to do against us and let him handle it. We weren’t trying to speed the game up, you know, we were not trying to do that. And we talked about, as time went on, we were a little fast early and then we slowed it down some. And then with the fake punt, we thought we had a chance. They had been doubling one of the gunners and that gave us at least a half a man advantage inside and it was fourth-and-one and half, something like that, so might as well go for it.
THIS DAY IN BILLS HISTORY
January 2, 1980 — JERRY BUTLER AFC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Bills WR Jerry Butler was named 1979 AFC Rookie of the Year by United Press International and The Sporting News.
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