Rian Lindell was sent out to attempt a 52-yard field goal with 12:34 left in the game and the Bills up 12-7. A timeout was called before the attempt was made, and ultimately Shawn Powell was brought on to punt. Lindell and Chan Gailey were both asked about the turn of events that led to the decision to punt.
“We were not going to go for (the first down) there,” Gailey said. “The defense was playing good. We were going to try to pin them back. That was the reason. When they first told me, they told me it was a 50-yard field goal instead of a 52, 53-yard field goal. We had just dropped the snap on the extra point (on the prior scoring drive), so that is why I pulled them back out of there and said ‘Hey let’s let the defense try to keep them pinned back.’”
The coverage unit did down Powell’s punt at the five-yard line and a penalty pushed them back to the three. The Rams did get out of their own end on the possession to their own 37 before punting.
Lindell was asked about not getting the chance to make an attempt from 52 when the timeout was called.
“Dang it, I guess,” he said. “Obviously I want to kick everything. I think going through the pause on the PAT went into that.”
When asked about appearing upset on the sidelines Lindell said the following.
“I want to kick them all, you know what I mean,” he said. “I’m just trying to hit a good ball, really, it’s not going to make the uprights any wider if I get mad about any of that stuff. I need to be better that’s all. I don’t think it mattered how it played out. I wanted it, but if I don’t get it then I move on. Certainly I want it, yeah, but it didn’t matter that I went out there and there was a timeout called.”
The Bills offense got the ball back at their own 30 on the ensuing possession with 9:05 left in the game following the Powell punt and defensive stop by Buffalo, but went three-and-out.
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