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BDC 9/19: Bills set team record with 34 first downs and more

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on September 19, 2011 – 9:24 am


MOVING THE CHAINS – The Bills set a new team record with 34 first downs (old record: 33 vs. Mia., 9/1/91) … Combined with Oakland’s 26, the 60 combined first downs are also a new Bills record (old record: 59 – Miami 31, Buffalo 28, 10/9/83 (OT)) … The 935 combined yards of total offense (Buffalo 481, Oakland 454) were 7th most ever in a Bills game (3 of the 7 have involved the Raiders).  More notes from yesterday’s 38-35 victory over the Raiders are below…

DAILY LINKS – Jackson again a difference maker – Big second half helps Bills escape with 38-35 win

Buffalo News – Bills bring back fandemonium

Buffalo News – Bills use ferocious comeback to stun Raiders

Buffalo News – McKelvin on defensive after rookie’s big day

Buffalo News – A humbled Hansen shares big day with family, friends

Buffalo News – Latest comeback stirs memories, provides hope

Buffalo News – A no-name no longer, Nelson gets caught up in the moment

Buffalo News – After further review, the final score stands; Bills’ Parrish, Urbik injured

Buffalo News – Quarterly Report: Bills 38, Raiders 35

Rochester D&C – Ryan Fitzpatrick rallies Buffalo Bills past Oakland Raiders

Rochester D&C – Convalescing Ralph Wilson misses a Buffalo Bills thriller

Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills coaches have young team believing

Rochester D&C – For Buffalo Bills fans, riveting win over Raiders was a pleasure

Rochester D&C – Sal’s Six Points: The Answers

Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills’ new traffic policy eased congestion

Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills Report Card

Associated Press – Bills erupt in 2nd half to beat Raiders 38-35

Associated Press – Bills WR Parrish sidelines by ankle injury

Associated Press – Bills induct Hansen onto Wall of Fame

Associated Press – Raiders missing 3 receivers vs. Bills

Niagara Gazette – Hansen gets his place on the wall

Niagara Gazette – Nelson gives Bills “it” factor

Niagara Gazette – Parrish out indefinitely, Urbik also injured

Dunkirk Observer – Wide receivers take blame for Bills’ sloppy first half

Wellsville Daily – Bills rally past Raiders with late TD

Messenger Post – Bills come back to beat Raiders, week two team report card

Toronto Sun – More thrills from 2-0 Bills

Toronto Sun – Bills had to wait for win

LA Daily News – NFL fans miss final seconds of Raiders-Bills contest in L.A. television market

USA Today – Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills rally for 38-35 win over Raiders – One to remember

Audio/Video/Photo Clips
Yahoo Sports – Bills vs. Raiders: Photo Gallery – GameDay: Raiders vs. Bills highlights
Bills Roundup: Offensive Eruption Keys Victory
Ryan Fitzpatrick Postgame Press Conference
Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference
Phil Hansen Wall of Fame Ceremony
David Nelson Postgame Press Conference
Fred Jackson Postgame Press Conference
Bills vs. Raiders: Photo Gallery

Bills Rally Back to Beat Oakland!
Confusion Clarified on Last Play Bills Review
That’s the drive we’ve been waiting for
Reaction: Bills 38 – Raiders 35

Fitzpatrick, Jackson Inspire Offense
Not “same old” Bills so far
Bills by the Numbers

Dramatic win gets Bills to 2-0
Bills vs. Raiders
Fans see security changes at the Ralph

Bills Win Home Opener
Phil Hansen onto Wall of Fame

WHEC – Bills fans experience parking and security changes at home opener

WROC – Bills come back, hold on

Additional Clips
Inside the Bills Blog
Game ball to Mr. Wilson, Final Searcy INT was reviewed, Urbik Parrish out indefinitely, Raiders inactives, Bills inactives, Hansen to sign autographs

Sports Illustrated
The Bills are impossible not to root for
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills gain believers

Yahoo Sports
Week 2 winners, losers: Fitzpatrick off to fast start

Billboard Blog (Buffalo News)
Audio from Sunday’s big win
Explanation from Referee Carey
Hansen was a consummate professional
Immediate Reaction: Bills vs. Raiders
Bills Complete Incredible Comeback Win 38-35

Buffalo Rumblings
Bills 38, Raiders 35: Bills Ride Big Second Half To Victory

Pro Football Talk
Raiders should have opted for Polish Cannon over Hail Mary
Week Two Monday 10-pack
Bills fear Fitzpatrick’s leverage will only increase
Hail Mary to end Raiders-Bills was reviewed by referee
These aren’t the same old Bills

Pro Football Weekly
Shorts and Shells: Week Two

AFC East Daily
Late-game comeback drive sparks Bills

AFC East Blog (
AFC East goes 3-1
Wrap up: Bills vs. Raiders

The Bills beat the Jets 17-3 in the first regular season at the newly renovated and renamed Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Head Coach Chan Gailey:
On what he said at half time:
When you talk about those things you say; “if they score that many, we can.”  Just go stop them and go score three times and you win it 24-21.  We won it by 3, but it wasn’t exactly 24-21 but, the premise is the same.  All you have to do is go out there and get caught up.  Once you get caught up then you go play the game.  That’s what they did.  We stopped them the first two times, we took the first drive down, we stopped them the next two times, we scored and that’s an even game.  Now you got to go fight your rear off and finish the game.

On how winning the first two games in two different ways help this team:
It’s a lot easier last week.  I’d rather win in that fashion.  You have to learn how to win games no matter what the situation.  There might be a game where we win it 13-10 or 17-13.  There may be some of those.  You got to learn how to win them no matter what the situation.

RB Fred Jackson
On the game’s first touchdown and Jackson’s first touchdown of the game:
We needed a big play and I felt like if I could get a spark just by making a play, everybody would feed off it and we did. Everybody wanted to go out and play. You see guys like (WR) Stevie (Johnson) out here hobbling around with cramps but he wanted to be on the field, help this team get a victory. Any time you got guys willing to put in the work like that, we’re going to be a hard team to beat.

On how the Raiders’ safety reacted during the play:
It’s one of the things we talked about constantly; a safety is not going to let you get outside of him so you got to press him hard, get him to commit to running hard and then just know you have to plant and get back inside of him and that’s what I tried to do. I got him leaning hard, cut and I was able to break the tackle and get in the end zone.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
On the call of the winning touchdown:
It depends on the coverage. You know that ball could’ve gone to anybody. I was lucky enough to see, I don’t know if David’s guy got picked or I don’t know what happened but I think they misaligned to be honest. It looked to be an extra guy on Stevie’s side and David obviously made a good catch.

WR David Nelson
On what the game-winning touchdown was like for him personally:
I can’t explain to you the feeling of this game. Just the magnitude of the situation, for this franchise to go 2–0, we’re on the way up. We still have a long way to go. To be a part of this team, to be a part of those guys in that locker room, they gave everything they had tonight and it was a special game for us. It’s something you dream of as a kid, to catch the game-winning touchdown against the Oakland Raiders or a team of that prestige. But I just can’t put it into words how special that was to me. I got emotional after the game. My mom and my little brother are here and I kind of gave them a hug and it was kind of an emotional feeling because of all the hard work that’s gone into this and now to see it kind of pay off as we go on.

LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD – With their 38-point output today, the Bills increased their season total to 79 … the figure marks the second-most scored by the team in its first two games of a season:
87 – 1991 (35, 52)
79 – 2011 (41, 38)
76 – 2002 (37, 45)

Led team with 117 rushing yds. … 9th career 100-yd. rushing game … remains 7th on Bills all-time list, behind Thurman Thomas-46, O.J. Simpson-41, Willis McGahee-14, Joe Cribbs-13, Travis Henry-13, and Cookie Gilchrist-10… 2nd time in career with 100 rush yds. in back-to-back games (also in games 9-10, 2010) … 4th time a Bill has topped 100 rush yds. in each of first two games of season, joining O.J. Simpson (1973 & 1975) and Thurman Thomas (1991) … Scored 2 TDs on 43-yd. rush in 3rd qtr. and 1-yd. plunge in 4th … 4th career multi-TD game, first since 11/21/10 at Cin. … 20th player in Bills history with 4+ multi-TD games … 43-yd. TD matched longest rush of career (also had non-scoring 43-yd. gain, 9/20/09 vs. T.B.)

Scored winning TD on 6-yd. reception on 4th down play with 14 seconds remaining … Today’s TD reception was 4th career reception on 4th down play; 3 of 4 have resulted in first downs…  Of 4 career TDs, 3 have given Bills lead

Threw 3 TD passes … increased season total to 7, becoming 2nd Bills QB ever with 7+ in first two games of season (Jim Kelly – 8 in 1991) … Back-to-back multi-TD games (had 4 last week at K.C.) … first Bills QB with consecutive multi-TD games to open season since Trent Edwards in 2009 (2 at N.E., 2 vs. T.B.) … Has thrown TDs in 21 of 25 games played as Bill

Scored on 7-yd. TD rec. in 3rd qtr. … score brought Bills to within 21-17 … Caught TD for 2nd straight game … 3rd TD streak of career (others: games 14-15, 2008; club record-tying 5-game streak, games 3-7, 2010) … first rec. TD streak by Bill since David Nelson’s 3-game streak in games 12-14, 2010 Johnson and Scott Chandler are first Bills to catch TD passes in first 2 games of season since Eric Moulds in 2004 (first 3 games)

Caught 6-yd. TD in 4th qtr. to give Bills 31-28 lead … TD in 2nd straight game (had 2 last week at K.C.); first TD streak of career … first rec. TD streak by Bill since David Nelson’s 3-game streak in games 12-14, 2010 … first TD streak by Bills TE since Robert Royal had 3-game streak in 2006 (games 12-14) … 3rd Bills TE ever with TD rec. in first two games of season (others: Reuben Gant-1978; Jay Riemersma-1997) … 4th Bill ever with 3 rec. TD in first two games of season, joining Jerry Butler (3) in 1982, Don Beebe (4) in 1991, and Andre Reed (3) in 1993 … Chandler and Steve Johnson are first Bills to catch TD passes in first 2 games of season since Eric Moulds in 2004 (first 3 games)

Had career-long 26-yd. rush in 4th qtr. to help set up TD pass to Scott Chandler which have Bills 31-28 lead (old long: 20 at Min., 12/5/10)

Forced fumble on Darren McFadden rush in 3rd qtr. … loose ball was recovered by Danny Batten and led to TD which got Bills to within 21-17


Bills RB Fred Jackson sparked the Buffalo offense with this 43-yard touchdown run.

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