Inside The Bills

Big 3rd down play eats at Graham

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2014 – 2:57 am

The Bills had the Raiders in a 3rd-and-22 situation down by two points with five minutes to play. The offense had just finished a seven-play, 83-yard drive going with an up tempo, no huddle approach that was working. If the defense could get off the field, the offense needed only a field goal to take the lead on the scoreboard. It didn’t happen and it left veteran CB Corey Graham pointing at himself.

Derek Carr with no one open downfield initially left the pocket and moved to his right and uncorked a deep throw downfield for the tall and lanky Andre Holmes. Graham was right with him along the Bills sideline, but somehow Holmes wrestled the ball away from Graham to make a 51-yard reception at the Buffalo 30-yard line.

“It’s a big play. The ball was just thrown up for grabs, he just threw it up. If I could do it over, I would go for a pass breakup,” Graham said. “Instead I went for an interception and misjudged it, so it is on me. I think we did enough to win the game, if you take away that play. There were a lot of plays that didn’t go our way out there today. I’m not going to say one play (lost the game), but that was a big one.

“If I make that play, they punt the ball, we’re down two and we’re got an opportunity to win the game. I put it on my shoulders. It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t hold them and we couldn’t find a way to get a victory.”


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