–The Buffalo Bills were defeated by the St. Louis Rams, 15-12, in front of a sold-out crowd at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The loss drops the Bills 2012 record to 5-8. Chilly temperatures combined with spats of rain and wind halted both team’s offenses for most of the day, as the game turned into a battle over field position which saw 15 combined punts. The Bills defense, which allowed less than 20 points for the fourth consecutive game, held the Rams to just 78 yards on the ground and 209 via the air. DE Mario Williams and CB Stephon Gilmore were two of the stand-out performers for the Bills defense, with Williams notching a sack to move his 2012 season total to 10.5 and Gilmore picking off a Rams QB Sam Bradford pass in the second quarter, the first of interception of the rookie’s career. LB Nick Barnett also chipped in with a strong effort, leading the team with ten tackles and one tackle for loss. With the Rams intent on stopping the run, the Bills turned to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to try and provide an offensive spark. Fitzpatrick saw plenty of pressure from the Rams defense, getting sacked five times and hit 11, but still managed to complete 25-of-33 passes for 247 and a touchdown. Fitzpatrick’s passing touchdown marked his 77th scoring strike of his Bills career, tying him with QB Jack Kemp for third in franchise history. TE Lee Smith was the recipient of Fitzpatrick’s touchdown, catching a two yard pass from Fitzpatrick in the third quarter. The touchdown grab marked the second score of Smith’s season and career. Fitzpatrick also relied heavily on WR Stevie Johnson and TE Scott Chandler, a duo which has caught a pass in all 13 of the Bills games this season. Johnson caught a game-high six passes for 71 yards. Chandler grabbed five passes for 71 yards.
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QUOTES FROM THE GAME
Head Coach Chan Gailey
A: Bottom line we could not make plays. After the two scores in the second half, could not make plays to win the ball game. It is a bitter pill to swallow.
Q: Can you take us through the decision where you have fourth down at the 34, you sent out the field goal team but brought them back. Why that and also did you consider going for it?
A: Yeah, we were not going to go for it there. The defense was playing good. We were going to try to pin them back. That was the reason. When they first told me when I first turned, 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, 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.’
Q: Why did you not take the delay of game then instead of wasting the time out?
A: Well I was trying to get that to them to take the delay of game and Scott Chandler saw me tell them to take the delay of game, but I did not know he got that word. So I was scared they were going to snap it. That is why I called the timeout.
Q: Is being the head coach and the coordinator catching up to you because these are not time management decisions that the head coach is supposed to make?
A: I have done this my whole career. This if the way I have always done it. I do not see that as being something that changes now.
Q: On the winning drive by them, it looked like S George Wilson had a clear shot to catch one but batted it down. Was he thinking it was fourth down? Any idea what happened on that?
A: No. I do not have any idea. I did not ask him. I did not talk to him.
Q: RB C.J. Spiller gets a 15 yard carry on the first drive and then he is not on the field for five more plays. This is every week it seems…
A: Well he gets…he had two good runs in that first drive, he gets winded and he comes out. We just put Fred in there. It worked out that the next couple of carries we got behind the sticks on runs that we called he was in there. That is just the way it works out. We are trying to get those guys the football.
Q: At the end of the day, he had eight touches. Can you explain that? He is leading the league in yards per carry.
A: It was not happening there after that first drive of the second half. We were trying to run the football and when it was Fred’s turn, it was Fred’s turn to be in there. Trying to keep them both fresh.
Q: Can you tell us about RB Fred Jackson’s injury?
A: I do not know. It did not look good, but I have not talked to the trainers yet.
Q: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick mentioned killer instinct. It is something you guys are really lacking. The Tennessee game it was obvious and now it happens again. Do you see the same thing—your team has to finish right now?
A: Yeah. We are not making the plays to win ball games. That is what winning teams do. Winning teams make plays in the fourth quarter to win ball games. We are not doing that right now. We have to do that or we will not. We will not get over the hump. That is what we are supposed to be doing. That is what I am supposed to be getting them to do.
Q: Are you especially disappointed for your young guys and defense who played so well today?
A: Yeah, they played hard. They did a lot of good things. We just could not run it to make a couple first downs or hit a pass and make a first down. The third to the last drive we ran it first down with C.J. (Spiller), got minus-one. Then we tried a naked, did not make it. The next time we got it, it was Fred (Jackson)’s go. Fred went out there had a couple of carries and the second one is the one he got hurt on.
Q: They clearly took advantage of your offensive line up front.
A: Yeah. (Ryan Fitzpatrick) took a lot of hits today. He was under pressure a lot today. That is why we opted to use as much play-action pass was for that reason.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
Q: Just how tough is it to handle a loss like this?
A: It is really tough. I thought they come out (in the second half) and score right away, we respond and score to take the lead. I thought our defense played great all day. We had some guys come in up front that I thought did a pretty good job. Hats off to St. Louis, especially their front four. I thought they were very good, very physical up there. They did a good job of stopping our run game. We had a hard time getting stuff going. That was the issue for us on offense, I think.
Q: Don’t you get tired of standing on the sideline and watching it happen?
A: Yeah, we have to develop a killer instinct. We have to win those games if we want to be one of the teams that is sitting there at the end of the year getting ready for the playoffs. We have to be able to win games like this. As an offense we have to be able to put them away and we did not do it today.
Q: What was your take on the fourth down at the 34 where the field goal was called off and you guys punted. Did you think you should have gone for it?
A: All the coaching questions you guys always throw at me…I am behind Chan (Gailey) 100-percent. You will have to ask him about that.
Q: Do you felt like St. Louis came after you more than they have shown?
A: No, they are a team that showed they get after the passer. They came in with 35-plus sacks. Some of it is the blitzing. Some of it is the guys that have rushing the passer, but I knew it was a game I was going to get hit around a little bit just because of the talent on that side of the ball. I think I can do a better job of standing in there and throwing it a little better.
Q: What did you see from their run blitz? Did they overload the box?
A: It was what they have shown all year. A lot of it was they did a good job of shutting us down. I do not know if it was the one-on-one battles that they were winning, but they did a good job.
Q: How do you as the leader and the quarterback justify eight touches for RB C.J. Spiller?
A: It is one of those things, last week Fred (Jackson) was the guy that got more carries and went over 100. C.J. had the 44 yard run last week. I do not know how many Fred had compared to C.J., but I think more of the issue was them and the way that they were stopping our run.
Q: Back to the fourth down punt, do you have any chance to talk the coach out of that decision?
A: There is stuff and situations that Chan and I talk about all the time. Whether it is on the field or whether it is watching film, going through other teams and what teams are doing. That situational awareness and the things that he makes the final decision as a coach, that is stuff that we always are talking about but he is the one, obviously, that has the ultimate decision. And I stand by him.
Q: Did this game remind you of the Tennessee game at all?
A: Kind of the last second or last two minute drive they go up and take the lead—yeah in that regard. At the beginning it reminded me of the Cleveland game in terms of the offense needing to step up and get a drive. We responded to their score, but just were not able to get anything else going. We’re not able to establish anything else at the end of the game there.
NOTES AND NUMBERS FROM THE GAME
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
–With TD pass today (2 yds. to Lee Smith in 3rd qtr.), raised TD total as Bill to 77, now tied with Jack Kemp (77) for 3rd on club all-time chart (see list, left)
–Also raised season total to 21 … 2012 is 3rd season of career with 20+ TD (23 in 2010, 24 in 2011) … needs 3 to match personal season-high (24 in 2011)
–Needs 2 TDs to tie Jim Kelly (23 in 1992) and Fitzpatrick (23 in 2010) for 9th most in single season in Bills history
–Has thrown TD in 40 of 52 games played as Bill
–Remains 4th on Bills all-time passing yardage list with 10,972 … 4,166 behind #3 Jack Kemp (15,138)
–Needs 282 passing yds. to record 3rd career season with 3,000+ (3,000 in 2010, 3,832 in 2011) … looking to record 16th season of 3,000+ yds. by a Bills QB … 3-season streak of 3,000-yd. seasons would be 2nd in team history (Jim Kelly had 5 straight from 1991-95)
– 25 completions today … 4th time this season with 25+ (27 vs. Ten. 10/21, 25 at Hou. 11/4, and 27 at N.E. 11/11) … 6th time a Bills QB has had 4+ games in season with 25+ completions (joining Drew Bledsoe-7 in 2002, Fitzpatrick-6 in 2011, Jim Kelly-5 in 1991 and 4 in 1987 & 1994)
–34th time in career with 20+ comp. … Fitzpatrick’s teams are 7-26-1 in such games, Bills are 6-19 … 25 times as Bill with 20+ comp., 3rd on team’s all-time list, behind Jim Kelly (65) and Joe Ferguson (27)
–75.76% completion rate today was 4th highest of NFL career (2 games with 77.78% – 10/9/11 vs. Phi. and 10/30/11 vs. Was. – 21-of-27 in each game; 77.14% – 10/21/12 vs. Ten. – 27-of-35)
– 6th game of career with 70% or better comp. rate … 38th game in NFL career with 60% comp. rate (min. 20 att.) … Fitzpatrick’s teams are 16-21-1 when completing 60% or better
–60.133% career completion rate with Bills now ranks 3rd on Bills’ all-time list, behind 60.93% by Trent Edwards (535-878) and 60.48% by Rob Johnson (401-663), and just ahead of 60.126% by Jim Kelly (2,874-4,780)
–Remains 4th on Bills all-time completion list with 988 (see list, left) … 52 behind #3 Jack Kemp (1,040)
– 1,643 career pass att. with Bills remains 4th on club all-time list … 597 behind #3 Jack Kemp (2,240)
–6-of-6 for 56 yds. on TD drive … 10-of-11 for 90 yds. on 2 FG drives
–Completed 13 straight passes at one point during game, tying as 3rd longest streak ever by Bills QB and longest streak by Bills QB since Trent Edwards had club-record 16 in row … streak was longest by Bills QB in one game since Edwards completed 13 straight, 10/19/08 vs. S.D.
–Had 93.9 passer rating today … 18th time in career with rating of 90+ … Fitzpatrick’s teams are 12-6 with 90+ rating (Bills are 11-6) … 32nd time in career with rating of 80+ (min. 20 att.), 27th time with Bills … Fitzpatrick’s teams are 17-14-1 with 80+ rating; Bills are 14-13
–80.2 rating in Bills career remains 5th on Bills’ all-time list (min. 250 att.), behind 85.5 by Rob Johnson, 84.4 by Jim Kelly, 81.9 by Frank Reich, and 81.7 by Doug Flutie
–85.8 rating this season ranks 9th on club’s single-season chart
–23-41-1 record as NFL starter (19-31 with Bills)
WR Stevie Johnson
–Recorded 6 rec. for 4th time in last 5 games
–Raised season reception total to 61, 3rd consecutive season with 60+ (82 in 2010, 76 in 2011) … 3rd Bills player (4th occasion) with streak of 3+ straight 60-rec. seasons, joining Andre Reed (5 straight in 1998-92 & 3 in a row in 1996-98) and Eric Moulds (8 straight, 1998-2005)
–6th Bills player (7th occasion) with streak of 3+ straight 50-rec. seasons, joining Bob Chandler (1975-77), Andre Reed (1986-94 and 1996-99), Eric Moulds (1998-2005), Peerless Price (2000-02), and Lee Evans (2006-08)
–Extended rec. streak to career-long 45 games, the 4th longest rec. streak in club history … 22 games from #3 Lee Evans’ 67-game streak (between 10/31/04 vs. Ari. and 11/9/08 at N.E.)
–231 career rec. remains 12th on Bills all-time reception list … 38 rec. behind #11 Frank Lewis (269)
–2,965 career rec. yds. now ranks 11th on Bills all-time chart … today passed Pete Metzelaars (2,921) and is 610 behind #10 Josh Reed (3,575)
–Needs 224 rec. yds. to record 3rd consecutive 1,000-yd. season … last year, Johnson became 1st Bills player to post back-to-back 1,000-yd. campaigns
–2 rec. today resulted in first down … 105 of last 155 catches (67.7%) have resulted in first downs … 45 of 76 rec. in 2011 (59.2%) moved the chains, as have 40 of his 61 rec. (65.5%) so far in 2012
–Is one of 2 Bills (along with Scott Chandler) with rec. in all 13 games this season
TE Scott Chandler
–5 rec. tied season high (also at N.E., 11/11)
–71 rec. yds. are new season high (65 at N.E., 11/11) and were most since 71 at Mia., 11/20/11
–Has rec. in 26 of last 27 games and in last 14 straight … 14-game rec. streak extends career-long (had 12 game streak in games 1-12, 2011)
–4 rec. today resulted in a first down … 31 of 37 rec. in 2012 (83.7%) have moved the chains … 56 of 76 career rec. (73.7%) have given Bills new set of downs
–Is one of 2 Bills (along with Stevie Johnson) with rec. in all 13 games this season
–Needs 1 rec. to tie personal season-high (38 in 2011)
–Has already established new personal season-high with 488 rec. yds. (389 in 2011)
–488 rec. yds. rank 8th on Bills single-season chart by a TE
DE Mario Williams
–Recorded sack in 1st qtr. … raised career total to 63.5 … leads Bills this season with 10.5 sacks
–Takedown gave Williams 3rd career 10+sack season (previous 2 with Hou.: 14 in 2007, 12 in 2008) … first 10-sack season by a Bill since Aaron Schobel (10.0) in 2009 … most sacks by Bill in season since Schobel had 14.0 in 2006
–Along with takedowns vs. Mia. 11/15 (1.0), at Ind. 11/25 (3.0), and vs. Jax. last week, continues 8th sack streak of career, first since games 4-5, 2011 with Hou. (his final games played in ‘11)
–4-game sack streak is 2nd of 4+ games in NFL career; other was 6-game streak with Hou. in games 10-15, 2007
–1st sack streak of 4 games by a Bill since Aaron Schobel in games 12-15, 2007
–Williams’ teams are 26-18 when participating in a sack
–Sam Bradford is 35th different NFL QB sacked by Williams … today marked first sack vs. St. Louis, giving him takedown against 24 of 32 NFL teams
–Forced fumble on Sam Bradford rush in 2nd qtr., but Rams retained possession … FF was 13th of career, 2nd of 2012 (also had one last week vs. Jax.) … 2nd time in career with FF in back-to-back games; other streak occurred with Hou. in games 10-11, 2007 (vs N.O., at Cle.)
–2nd Bill this season with FF streak (also Stephon Gilmore in games 10-11) … first time Bills have had 2+ players with FF streaks in one season since 2004 (Aaron Schobel twice, Ryan Denney, and Takeo Spikes)
–First FF streak by Bills DL since Aaron Schobel in games 12-13, 2006
–7 of 13 FFs have resulted in takeaways, and 5 of those have resulted in points (2 others have led to missed FGs)
–Today marked just 2nd of 13 career FFs which did not occur on a sack
–Williams’ teams now 10-3 with FF
RB C.J. Spiller
–Team-high 37 rushing yds. today increased season total to team-leading 944 … needs 56 to record first career 1,000-yd. season (old personal season high: 561 in 2011) … looking to become 12th Bill (28th occasion) with a 1,000-yd. season and first since Fred Jackson (1,062) in 2009
–Has averaged club-record 5.50 yds. per rushing attempt in career (318-1,751) (min. 200 att.) … 2nd highest average was posted by O.J. Simpson (4.80 – 2,123-10,183), with #3 position held by current Bill Fred Jackson (4.54 – 932-4,231)
–Averaging 6.55 yds. per attempt in 2012 (144-944), a new club single-season record … previous mark was held by O.J. Simpson in 1973 (6.03 – 332-2,003)
–6.55 avg. through 13 games is 2nd highest in NFL since 1960 among players with at least 130 att. through 13 games … only Cleveland RB Jim Brown in 1963 (6.61, 263-1,738) also had an avg. of 6.50 or better
–1 rec. today … Has rec. in 36 of 43 games in NFL career
–Needs 3 rec. to become 41st player in team history with 100
–1,298 scrimmage yds. in 2012 are most by a Bill since Fred Jackson had 1,376 (934 rush, 442 rec.) in 2011
–with 2 more scrimmage yds., will reach 1,300+ for this season; looking to give Bills a 2nd straight year with a player topping 1,300 scrimmage yds. in a season (Fred Jackson – 1,376 in 2011) … the last time the franchise had any player(s) with back-to-back 1,300 scrimmage yd. seasons was in 2002-03 (Travis Henry, 1,747 & 1,514)
RB Fred Jackson
–14 rush yds. today … Raised career rushing yd. total to 4,231; figure remains 4th on Bills all-time list, 214 behind #3 Joe Cribbs (4,445)
–Needs 63 rush yds. to become 2nd Bills player this season with 500+ (C.J. Spiller – 944) … Duo also topped 500 yd. mark in 2011 (Jackson-934 & Spiller-561) and could give Bills back-to-back seasons with 500-yd. tandem for just 4th time in team history (also in 1974-75, 1991-92, & 1995-97)
–932 career rush att. remains 5th on Bills all-time list … needs 31 to tie #4 Travis Henry (963)
–Career rushing avg. of 4.54 (932-4,231) remains 3rd all-time in Bills history (among rushers with 200+ att.), trailing only C.J. Spiller (5.50 – 325-1,788) and O.J. Simpson (4.80 – 2,123-10,183)
–5 rec. today are most since career-high 8 vs. Ten., 10/21/12 … Has caught pass in 21 of last 22 games
–209 career rec. now rank 13th in Bills history … today broke tie with Jay Riemersma (204) … ranks 2nd on club’s all-time chart for receptions by a RB, trailing only Thurman Thomas (456)
–5,983 career scrimmage yds. (4,231 rush + 1,752 rec.) remains 7th in club history … needs 96 to tie #6 Lee Evans (6,079) … 245 behind #5 Joe Cribbs (6,228)
–Is one of four players in franchise history with 4,000 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)
CB Stephon Gilmore
–Recorded first NFL interception in 2nd qtr. … Bills converted takeaway into FG for 6-0 lead
LB Nick Barnett
–10 total tackles … 2nd time this season with 10+ (had 15 vs. N.E., 9/30)
–35th time in career with 10+ tackles … has posted 10+ at least twice in 8 different seasons (4 in 2003, 6 in
2004 & 2005, 3 in 2006, 5 in 2007, 2 in 2009, 6 in 2011, 2 in 2012)
PHOTOS OF THE DAY
DE Mario Williams brings down Rams QB Sam Bradford, increasing his 2012 sack total to 10.5. He is the first Bill to post 10 sacks in a season since Aaron Schobel (2009) and the total is the most by a Bill since Schobel’s 14.0 in 2006. Williams now has three 10-sack seasons (14 in 2007, 12 in 2008).
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick now has 77 touchdown passes as a Bill and is tied for third with Jack Kemp on the Bills’ all-time list.
CB Stephon Gilmore recorded his first interception of his NFL career in Sunday’s game versus the St. Louis Rams.
WR Stevie Johnson led the team in receiving in Sunday’s game with six catches for 71 yards.
Buffalo News-Bills fumble chances to put game away
Buffalo News-Bills’ Spiller touchy about lack of rushing attempts
Buffalo News-Clock has run out on Gailey’s credibility
Buffalo News-Lindell, playmakers want chance to make difference
Buffalo News-Quarterly Report
Buffalo News-Decisions, patchwork O-line undermine work of ‘D’
Rochester D&C-Buffalo Bills fall to St. Louis Rams on late TD
Rochester D&C-Buffalo Bills are masters of horrifying losses
Rochester D&C-Sal’s Six Points: The answers
Associated Press-Bradford leads Rams to 15-12 win over Bills
Associated Press-Bills RB Jackson hurts right leg against Rams
Associated Press-Amendola out for Rams
Dunkirk Observer-Gailey makes all the wrong calls in Buffalo’s close loss
Wellsville Daily Reporter-Rams rally to stun Bills
Wellsville Daily Reporter-Snow in Buffalo results in pancakes and solid line play
Auburn Citizen-When Spiller touches the ball, Bills are successful
Auburn Citizen-Chan abandons running game, Bills lose
Sportsnet-Week 14 report card
BuffaloBills.com-Loss clouds Gilmore’s first INT
BuffaloBills.com-Bills squander win, fall to Rams 15-12
BuffaloBills.com-Chan Gailey: ”Bottom line we couldn’t make plays”
BuffaloBills.com-Ryan Fitzpatrick: ”We have to develop a killer instinct”
BuffaloBills.com-C.J. Spiller: ”I’m not going to sit around and pout”
BuffaloBills.com-Stevie Johnson: ”We had the game”
Bills Focus: Regroup And Rebound After Rams Loss
Bills Roundup: Rams Steal a Late Win 15-12
Stevie Johnson Postgame Press Conference
Ryan Fitzpatrick Postgame Press Conference
Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference
C.J. Spiller Postgame Press Conference
Bills Salute High School Coaches and Players
Rams vs. Bills highlights
Inside The Bills
Jones: We’ve got a long ways to go, Lindell: I want to kick them all, Bills run ‘D’ now 4 straight of less than 90, C.J.: Of course I want to touch the ball more, WR Amendola out for Rams, McKelvin to start on D, Bills inactives, Snow to start at center
Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Why the Bills went from field goal to timeout to punt to defeat
Game ball: Rams 15, Bills 12
Video replay: [BN]TheHuddle Bills-Rams postgame show
Donald Jones: ‘It’s definitely frustrating to be out there’
Video: Gaughan & Sully postgame analysis from The Ralph
Chan Gailey coaching ‘scared’
Chan Gailey’s explanations
C.J. Spiller logs eight touches, fewest in two months
Video: Fitzpatrick & Gailey postgame news conferences
Points after: Rams 15, Bills 12
Immediate Reactions: St. Louis Rams 15, Buffalo Bills 12
Bills Fall In Final Minute 15-12
Post-game analysis: Rams 15, Bills 12
Three-point Stance (Rochester D&C)
Pro Football Talk
Sam Bradford drives the Rams to a comeback victory in Buffalo
Buffalo Bills Fall Late To St. Louis Rams, 15-12
Pro Football Weekly
Bradford’s game-winner gives Rams win over Bills
AFC East Daily
Spiller ‘won’t pout’ despite getting 8 touches in loss
NFL Rapid Reports
Postgame analysis: Rams 15, Bills 12
Bills to the playoffs? Oddsmakers peg the chances at 0.7%
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