–The Buffalo Bills traveled to the West Coast to face the San Francisco 49ers and were defeated by a score of 45-3 at Candlestick Park. RB Fred Jackson, who tallied 29 yards on 9 carries during the game, moved into fourth place on the team’s all-time rushing list with 3,867 yards passing RB Travis Henry (3,849). Jackson now sits behind RB Joe Cribbs, who is in sole possession of third place with 4,445 yards. CB/KR Leodis McKelvin notched a 59-yard kickoff return during the game, the Bills longest non-touchdown kickoff return since Jackson tallied a 71-yarder in 2009 versus Houston. Defensively for the Bills, LB Nick Barnett forced his second fumble of the season in the second quarter. DT Marcell Dareus recovered the fumble, his second career fumble recovery. K Rian Lindell connected on a 31-yard field goal to become the second Bills player in team history to obtain 900 points trailing behind former Bills K Steve Christie. Rookie P Shawn Powell connected on six punts for 286 yards in yesterday’s game with a 47.7 yard average; two of his punts landed inside the 49ers 20-yard line. Powell became the third Bills punter to record an “in-the-20” kick in his first two games joining Marv Bateman (first 5 games, 1974) and Paul Maguire (first 4 games, 1964).
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QUOTES FROM THE GAME
Head Coach Chan Gailey
“Obviously, there’s something I’m not doing correctly with this football team in the second half. Two games in a row after halftime, we’ve played extremely poor and that’s as nice as you can put it. Obviously, the turnover before the half really hurt and the turnover where we could’ve gone down and made it 24-10 really hurt. We’re not playing as physical as we should and we’re not doing the things we need to do.”
In the second half, and considering the score was 45-3, do you feel like they gave up?
“No, I don’t think our team gives up. They hurt and they get rattled. Part of my responsibility is to not let them get rattled. When things start going bad, you have to be strong mentally. I’ve got to find a way to keep our team up.”
What do you say to the guys before you come out and address us?
“I basically say the same things to them that I say to you. I tell them that I don’t have any answers today, but I have to find the answers. We’ve done it in the past.”
How much are you letting them off the hook when you say it’s your fault?
“It’s not entirely my fault, but it starts with me. That’s my responsibility. I understand that. When you take this job, you understand that it’s your responsibility. We’re playing good in the first half, but we’re not playing good in the second half. We played okay in the first half, I shouldn’t say good. It should’ve been 10-3 at the half. That’s what it should’ve been. We’re not doing things in the second half that we need to do. Something has to change.”
How drastic are the changes going to be in time for the game against Arizona?
“I don’t know. That’s what I have to see. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’ve never been here before, so I’m in new territory.”
How did RBs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller feel after the game?
“I think they came out of this one pretty good. So we should be able to take the next step next week. Until they get back after playing a few weeks and feel comfortable playing with those injuries, it’s a little bit of an issue. It seemed like we ran the football with two-and-three yard gains, not four, five or six yards. And it felt like that put us behind the sticks. That’s what it felt like and I have to watch film to figure it out.”
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
Does this bring a feeling of embarrassment?
“Yeah, I mean yeah that’s two weeks in a row, obviously not the way we want to come out play. Offensively just never got anything going and I feel like that is not who we are as an offense but unfortunately that’s what we put out there today.”
You stressed the importance this week of responding bouncing back having a good performance particularly after your performance on the road, against a quality opponent and it hasn’t happened where do you go from here?
“You have to try to do the same thing next week. You know you have to give a lot of credit to the 49ers they are a tough team to beat and this is a tough place to play. They didn’t do anything that fooled us defensively I mean. They just line up you know what they’re gonna do and they just say you have to beat us and they did a better job than we did today. There was no fancy stuff out there it was they are who they are and they played better than us today.”
The interception on the one in the third quarter, you were under pressure and what would you do differently?
“I’d probably just not throw at all there and try to scramble and get back up on the line of scrimmage or throw it out of bounds but yea it wasn’t a wise decision.”
You guys were 2-1 two weeks ago and things seemed to be going the way they were intended. These were two good teams you lost to but these are the team’s you got to beat to contend. Is it demoralizing to have fallen so flat against teams you know you have to compete against?
“Yea it’s tough and this was a whole different game than last week. Last week we played well at times, we had a nice lead in the second half and it all fell apart as we all know. This week they flat out dominated us from beginning to end and again really took it to us in the second half.”
How catastrophic is this? Two games like this?
“I mean it’s tough. It’s tough on team morale, it’s tough on all of that stuff now being 2-3, but you can’t let these losses linger. I don’t know that, I didn’t feel like we came into this game with some wounds from New England. I felt like we came into this game with a fresh mindset and we just got beat by, beat bad by a better team today, but you can’t let these things linger. We’ve got another interesting week for us staying out here in Arizona and preparing and playing another very good team so we’ve just got to come out and play better.”
Considering how the last two games have gone do you think that’s a good thing or a bad thing to play a team like that?
“I don’t think it matters, I don’t think that we prefer it one way or the other. I think every week in the NFL it just seems like you have to come to play if you want to win a game, especially when you play the top tier teams. If you don’t come and you don’t play effectively you’re not going to have a chance.”
DE Mario Williams
As the face of this defense how embarrassing is this for you for the second straight game?
“It is tough. We are giving up huge plays. We have to be accountable across the board from the first player to the 11th player on this defense. We have to figure out what in the world is going on. We are giving up huge chucks of yardage at any given time and we can’t have that.”
What is wrong with the pass rush?
“We did a lot of movement today. We were thinking that it would be more run. They kept seven to eight man protection and gave hard play action. So we were kind of moving around a little bit and I think at the end of the day, we didn’t execute often. We didn’t react to that across the board. That cost us. We can’t have just one guy breaking loose, or getting back there because that is still going to make it one dimensional. The quarterback is just going to step up or drift over. I think that we really didn’t come off that aggressive run read for the play action.”
Head Coach Chan Gailey said that this was his fault?
“No. You don’t get beat like that from your head coach. I don’t care what you say. He is not out there going to get sacks, he is not out there covering receivers, he is not out there getting turnovers. This is like I said from the No.1 to No. 11 guy on defense. This is all on us. We have to get turnovers. I think we lost the turnover battle again this week and that hasn’t been good for us since day one. It is all on us. We have to focus on football.”
Do you think you finished the game, did you run through the finish line?
“Not with that score. At the end of the day you can go out there and keep chopping wood, but for them to go out there and to score and finish the way we did, we can’t look at anybody and say that we did.”
NOTES AND NUMBERS FROM THE GAME
RB Fred Jackson
–29 rushing yds. today … raised career total to 3,867; figure now ranks 4th on Bills all-time list (see list, left) … Sunday moved past Travis Henry (3,849) … 578 behind #3 Joe Cribbs (4,445)
–845 career rush att. remains 6th on Bills all-time list … 23 behind #5 Willis McGahee (868)
–Career rushing avg. of 4.58 (845-3,867) remains 3rd all-time in Bills history (among rushers with 200+ att.), trailing only C.J. Spiller (5.28 – 229-1,209) and O.J. Simpson (4.80 – 2,123-10,183)
–179 career rec. remains 15th in Bills history … with next rec., will tie #14 Joe Cribbs (180) … 12 behind #13 Stevie Johnson (191) … 25 behind #12 Jay Riemersma (204)
–Remains 3rd on club’s all-time chart for receptions by a RB … needs 1 rec. to tie #2 Joe Cribbs (180) … also trails Thurman Thomas (456)
–5,457 career scrimmage yds. (3,867 rush + 1,590 rec.) remains 8th in club history, 178 behind #7 Elbert Dubenion (5,635) … Is one of four players in franchise history with 3,500 rushing & 1,500 receiving yds. In career, along with Thurman Thomas (11,938 + 4,341), O.J. Simpson (10,183 + 1,924), and Joe Cribbs (4,445 + 1,783)
LB Nick Barnett
–Forced fumble in 2nd qtr. on Colin Kaepernick rush … 5th FF of career, 2nd of season (also 9/16 vs. K.C.)
–2 FF in 2012 is new personal season high (had 1 in 2005 & ’08 with G.B. and in 2011 with Bills)
–All 5 FFs have come on rushing plays
–Sunday’s force was recovered by Marcell Dareus … 4 of 5 FFs have been recovered by teammates
–Barnett’s teams are 2-3 (Bills are 2-1) when he records FF
P Shawn P0well
–Had 4 punts of 50+ yds. today … 6th player with 50+ yd. kick in first 2 games with Bills, joining Spike Jones (first 2 games, 1971), Marv Bateman (first 8 games, 1974-75), Rusty Jackson (first 2 games, 1978), and Brian Moorman (first 5 games, 2001)
–2 punts gave 49ers ball inside their own 20-yard line … is 3rd Bills punter to record an “in-the-20” kick in his first 2 games with team, joining Marv Bateman (first 5 games, 1974) and Paul Maguire (first 4 games, 1964)
K Rian Lindell
–Has scored in 111 of last 113 contests and in last 45 in a row … current streak is 5th longest in Bills history
–Remains 2nd on Bills career scoring list with 900 pts., trailing only club-record 1,011 by Steve Christie
–Sunday became 2nd Bill to reach 900 pts. (Steve Christie – 1,011) … Bills are 8th NFL team to have more than one player with 900+ pts., joining Cleveland (Lou Groza, Phil Dawson and Don Cockroft), Detroit (Jason Hanson, Eddie Murray), Kansas City (Nick Lowery, Jan Stenerud), New England (Adam Vinatieri, Gino Cappelletti), Pittsburgh (Gary Anderson, Jeff Reed), San Diego (John Carney, LaDainian Tomlinson), and San Francisco (Jerry Rice, Ray Wersching)
–Lindell is one of only 4 active players with 900+ points with their current team, joining Detroit’s Jason Hanson (2,060, on bye this week), Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski (1,300, on bye this week), and Cleveland’s Phil Dawson (1,195, incl. 9 today at N.Y.G.)
–Made only FG att. today from 31 yds. … 206 FGs in Bills career remains 2nd on club all-time needs 28 to tie club record-holder Steve Christie (234)
–206-248 (83.06%) on FGs in Bills career, best rate on club all-time (min. 50 att.; 2nd: Steve Christie –78.26%)
–264 FGs in NFL career now tied for 31st on NFL all-time list … today matched Neil Rackers (264) … with next FG, will tie #30 Kevin Butler (265) … needs 8 to tie #29 Pete Stoyanovich (272)
–Did not attempt PAT Sunday … has made 282 of 283 att. as Bill; rate of 99.65% remains best in club history (2nd: Steve Christie, 98.72%, 309-313) … 282 PATs with Bills remain 2nd on club list, 27 away from recordholder Steve Christie (309)
PHOTOS OF THE DAY
RB Fred Jackson ran for 29 yards on 14 carries Sunday, moving into fourth place on the team’s all-time rushing list with 3,867 yards passing RB Travis Henry (3,849).
CB/KR Leodis McKelvin found space in the return game against the 49ers, taking one kick return 59 yards—the longest kick return by a Bill since RB C.J. Spiller brought a kick back 95 yards for a touchdown in 2010 against the New England Patriots.
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