— ENDING THE STREAK – The Bills snapped their 15-game series losing streak against the Patriots, which stood as the 3rd longest in NFL history, behind Miami’s 20-gamer over the Bills (1970-79) and San Francisco’s 17-gamer over St. Louis (1990-98) … This also marks the 9th time the Bills have started a season 3-0 and is the first such start since the 2008 team was 4-0.
— PICKOFF PARTY – Buffalo had 4 interceptions yesterday, their most since 4 at Min., 12/5/10 … New England QB Tom Brady’s 4 INTs matched his total from the entire 2010 season (4 INT in 492 att.) and matched his career-high (done 5 previous times, last: 11/5/06 vs. Ind.).
— OFFENSE CONTINUES SCORING SPREE – With their 34-point output yesterday, the Bills increased their season total to 113 … the figure is a new team record over the first three games of a season (see below) … This is the fourth time Buffalo has opened a season with three straight 30+ pt. games, and the first since 1992 (40-7 vs. L.A. Rams, 34-31 at S.F., 38-0 vs. Ind.) … The 943 combined yards of total offense (New Eng. 495, Buffalo 448) were 6th most ever in a Bills game … Bills allowed 495 yds., the most yielded by a winning team in an NFL game since Buf. gained 514 at Bal., 10/24/10.
BILLS RECORD BOOK
MOST POINTS THROUGH THREE GAMES
113 – 2011 (41, 38, 34)
112 – 1992 (40, 34, 38)
110 – 1975 (42, 30, 38)
110 – 1991 (35, 52, 23)
99 – 2002 (37, 45, 23)
94 – 1964 (34, 30, 30)
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Buffalo News – Bills bury the past by stunning Patriots
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Buffalo News – Report Card: Bills 34, Patriots 31
Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills are Beast of AFC East
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Associated Press – Start Bill-ieving: Buffalo 3-0 after beating Pats
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Associated Press – Bills CB Williams carted off on stretcher
Niagara Gazette – Good times never felt so good
Tonawanda News – Chalk up a win for Bills secondary
Dunkirk Observer – Bills’ secondary bounces back with four interceptions
Wellsville Daily – Bills rally to stun Patriots
Erie Times – Fitzpatrick proves he’s good enough to win
Toronto Sun – Buffalo Bills: Believe it!
Toronto Sun – Bills win a long time coming
Toronto Sun – Rough finish for Brady
The Globe and Mail – The unthinkable becomes thinkable for Bills
Boston Herald – Bills pick great time to turn tables
Boston Herald – Fred Jackson turns big hole into a big play
Providence Journal – Bills proving that AFC East is a three-team race
New York Daily News – Bills fans rejoice
CBSsports.com – Bills’ Fitzpatrick is proving he’s worth big dough in Buffalo
Yahoo Sports – Brady now well aware of Fitzpatrick, no-name Bills
Reuters – Bills upset Patriots 34-31 in thriller
NFL.com – Breaking down the Buffalo Bills
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Patriots vs. Bills highlights
Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference
Ryan Fitzpatrick Postgame Press Conference
Fred Jackson Postgame Press Conference
Drayton Florence Postgame Press Conference
Donald Jones Postgame Press Conference
Yahoo Sports – Bills vs. Patriots photo gallery
Inside the Bills Blog
Toronto Star – Never underestimate the power of the Bills
New York Daily News – Bills fans rejoice
Fox Sports – It’s believing time for Buffalo
Sports Illustrated – Bills learned resiliency after last year’s heartbreak
NickMendola.com – Immediate Reactions: Bills 34, Patriots 31
THIS DAY IN BILLS HISTORY
September 26, 1989 — JAMES LOFTON SIGNED
Seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver James Lofton was signed as a free agent from the Oakland Raiders.
NOTES AND FACTS FROM SUNDAY’S GAME
COMEBACK KIDS– Buffalo came back from a 21-0 second quarter deficit, the 4th time in team history with a win after trailing by 21 or more points (also: 9/21/97 vs. Ind. – trailed 26-0, won 37-35; 10/25/87 at Mia. – trailed 21-0, won 34-31; 11/21/10 at Cin. – trailed 28-7, won 49-31) … Last week, Buffalo trailed Oakland 21-3 and won 38-35; according to STATS LLC, the Bills are just the 6th team since 1950 to have 2 comebacks in a season of 18 or more points, joining the 1953 San Francisco 49ers, the 1977 Baltimore Colts, the 1983 Atlanta Falcons, the 1995 Indianapolis Colts, and the 1996 New England Patriots ; the Bills, however, are the first to do it in consecutive games … Today also marked the 90th 4th qtr. comeback in team history (regular season) and the 2nd in a row; the last time Buffalo had 2+ 4th qtr. comebacks in a season was in 2008 (4 overall, incl. 3 straight in games 2-4).RYAN FITZPATRICK
Led Bills to 4th qtr. comeback for 4th time as Bill (others: 11/29/09 vs. Mia., 11/21/10 at Cin., last week vs. Oak.) … 6th time in team history a QB had led consecutive 4th qtr. comebacks (others: Daryle Lamonica in 1964, Jim Kelly in 1988 and (3 straight) in 1990, J.P. Losman in 2007, and Trent Edwards (3 straight) in 2008) … 90th win in Bills history when trailing in 4th qtr. … Fitzpatrick is 8th Buffalo QB to record 4+ last-quarter comebacks … 369 passing yds. are 2nd most in career … 4th career 300-yd. game (310 with St.L. at Hou. 11/27/05, in NFL debut; career-high 382 at Bal. 10/31/10; 316 at Cin. 11/21/10)STEVIE JOHNSON
Scored on 11-yd. TD rec. 2nd qtr. to get Bills on scoreboard and begin comeback from 21-point deficit … Caught TD for 3rd straight game … continues 3rd TD streak of career (others: games 14-15, 2008; club record-tying 5-game streak, games 3-7, 2010) … Johnson and Scott Chandler are 3rd & 4th Bills to catch TD passes in first 3 games of season, joining Andre Reed in 1991 and Eric Moulds in 2004 … 8 rec. today … Along with 8 last week vs. Oak., has 16 in 2-game span, most by Bill since Lee Evans in 2006 (16 in games 10-11 – 11 at Hou., 11/19; 5 vs. Jax., 11/26) … David Nelson also had 16 rec. in last 2 games
Caught 3-yd. TD in 3rd qtr. to draw Buffalo to within 21-17 … Caught TD in 3rd straight game (had 2 in opener at K.C. and 1 last week vs. Oak) … continues first TD streak of career and first by Bills TE since Robert Royal had 3-game streak in 2006 (games 12-14) … Steve Johnson and Chandler are 3rd & 4th Bills to catch TD passes in first 3 games of season, joining Andre Reed in 1991 and Eric Moulds in 2004 … 2nd straight season an NFL TE has opened season with TDs in first 3 games (S.D’s Antonio Gates had 5-game streak to open 2010)
101 rec. yds. are new career-high (old: 70 at Cin., 11/21/10) … 50th Bill ever to record 100-yd. rec. game … 48-yd. rec. in 4th qtr. helped set up Fred Jackson TD which tied game at 24-24 … longest rec. of career (old long: 40 vs. N.E., 12/16/10) … 5 rec. matched career-high (also at Cin., 11/21/10 and vs. N.E., 12/26/10)
Led team with 74 rushing yds. … Raised season rushing yd. total to 303 … 6th time a Bill has had 300+ rushing yds, after first 3 games of season, joining O.J. Simpson (538 in 1975), Simpson (476 in 2003), Thurman Thomas (334 in 1991), Thomas (321 in 1990), and Willis McGahee (311 in 2006) … Scored TD on 1-yd. rush in 4th qtr. to tie game at 24-24 … along with 2 rush TDs last week vs. Oak., has 3rd TD streak of career (also in games 14-15, 2008 and in games 8-11, 2010)
6 rec. tied as 2nd-most in career (also had 6 vs. Pit., 11/28/10; had career-high 10 rec. last week vs. Oak.) … Nelson and Steve Johnson each have 16 rec. over last 2 games, most by Bill since Lee Evans in 2006 (16 in games 10-11 – 11 at Hou., 11/19; 5 vs. Jax., 11/26)
Scored on 27-yd. interception return in 4th qtr. … TD gave Bills 31-24 lead … 2nd career INT return (other: 40 yds., 12/5/10 at Min.) … 13th player in Bills history with 2+ INT return TDs
Connected on 28-yd. FG as time expired to give Bills the win … 12th career game-winning FG, first since 10/18/09 at N.Y.J. … 3rd game-winner of career as time expired in regulation (also: 11/26/06 vs. Jax., 9/21/08 vs. Oak.) … now 12-of-13 in career on game-winning FG att. … Details of game-winning kicks (2000-02 with Sea., 2003-11 with Buf.):
Interception in 3rd qtr., on Patriots first drive of second half, helped set up TD which reduced deficit to 21-17 … 5th career INT, 1st since 12/12/10 vs. Cle.
Interception in 4th qtr. led to Fred Jackson TD which tied game at 24-24 … 9th INT of career, first since 12/19/10 at Mia.
Interception in 2nd qtr. led to FG which brought Bills to within 21-10 … 6th career INT (2nd with Bills); other INT with team was 9/20/09 vs. T.B.
Played in 163rd career game, breaking tie with Fred Smerlas (162) for 11th on club participation chart … already holds Bills record for most games by punter [2nd: Chris Mohr (159)] … is 18th player in club history to play 11+ seasons … Extended Bills career record with 787 punts … Club-record career average increased to 43.60 … 2 punts today gave Patriots ball inside 20 … has had an in-the-20 in 24 of last 30 games, in 59 of last 72 games, and in 127 of 163 career games … 224 of 787 career punts (28.5%) have given opponents ball inside 20 … Owns Bills record with 224 career inside-20’s (2nd: Chris Mohr – 190)
NOTABLE QUOTES FROM SUNDAY
HEAD COACH CHAN GAILEY
On coming back two games in a row:
It was 21-0 but we went down and scored and it was 21-7. You keep playing. There’s ups and downs in this game. Just handle the ups and downs and just keep playing gentleman. If you keep playing good things will happen to you. Our guys keep playing. You got to give them their due in the character department now
On the team having a lot of mental toughness:
Last week, this week. If you’re going to be successful you’ve got to win tough ball games in hard environments against good football teams, and they’re a good football team now. That’s a good football team we just played. I credit our defense, got four interceptions. I mean that just doesn’t happen against New England. That hasn’t happened in I don’t know when. They kept giving us a chance to get ahead in the ball game and finally gave us the go ahead touchdown and then we just fighting to come back and win it at the end. Yes, you’ve got to have mental toughness to play in those games. We’re getting closer. Now how do we handle prosperity? That’ll be another, that’ll be the next step for us. How do you handle prosperity?
On how good this win feels for him…
Good. I think it feels good, too, because I know that, again, there were probably very few believers going into this game, especially when we spotted them the points early. Anybody that believed in us was probably on the edge and we had so much belief, we came back and scored the ten points before the half and the turnovers, the big plays by everybody. Offensively, (WR) David (Nelson) had a great first half, (WR) Donald Jones stepped up with some deep stuff in the second half, (WR) Stevie (Johnson) is Stevie, (TE) Scott (Chandler) with another touchdown and then (RB) Fred Jackson. Every time that guy touches the ball, he does something special with it and it was great to see today.
On how WR Donald Jones played in today’s game…
The first one, double move, we set it up pretty nice and (WR) Donald (Jones) went and made a play. Second one, essentially man-to-man our guy’s better than your guy and I thought it was a good matchup for us. Donald made a great play in getting open and then getting to the ball and he’s a guy that, the first couple games stats-wise probably didn’t do what he wanted to do but stuck with it and it’s not because he’s not doing the right thing; he is. It was good to see him get out there and make some good plays today.
On how the win feels
I feel ecstatic, you know I love these guys in this locker room. Everybody believed, coaches, the players, we all believed in ourselves, we all believed in each other, and we all believed in the game plan we had in place. We knew in the first half they gave us their best shot. We made some bad plays; some missed tackles, some mental errors, turned the ball over, and gave them everything they had. Twenty one points early on we came in at halftime just like we did a week ago and said guys, we’ve given them everything that they’ve gotten, and we got to settle down, line up and play. Beat the man across from you and just take it one play at a time. We were able to come out get some stops, get some turnovers and our offense have done what they have done each of the last three weeks, went down and converted them into points.
On the tight ends seam route
Early in the game Gronkowski, I was on him on the seam and Brady threw it on the back shoulder, and I was on the up field shoulder inside and I knew in that tight red zone he’s their favorite target so I kind of baited him. I forced him with an inside release and when I saw his eyes get big I got my eyes behind, threw both my hand’s up and I was able to make a play and our offense did a great job of converting it into points and we just kept the momentum going and guys just continued to fight, take it one play at a time and we were able to come out with a win.
On winning the game:
We believe, we went out there, our fans stuck behind us and we made plays. The offense was running the ball down their throat, throwing the ball around the field. We came up with some big turnovers in the second half and scored ourselves. If we play like that we’ve got the chance to win any game.
On if the belief is more genuine this year than in the past:
I think that’s a testament to the guys on this team but maybe even more so to Coach Gailey’s staff, he’s a great, great head coach, offensive mind. He makes sure that defensively we have the right mentality. We stay confident regardless of what happens in the game and we did that. We had our backs against the wall coming in at halftime but we responded and played good enough to win in the second half.
On the emotion of the win:
Absolutely, I looked at some of the guys, Russ Brandon, Chan and Buddy obviously. A lot of us have been here for awhile playing these guys. The trainers, the equipment managers, security guards outside. It was awesome to run up the tunnel, looking up at the fans and all those guys. Ruben Brown was in the tunnel, I played with Ruben the first time that we beat them my rookie year and the last time we beat them until today. It’s fun, I said this earlier but I went up to Chan and Buddy after the game. I said I’m not one to ask for much but your 24 hour rule – I might ask for a couple more hours to enjoy this one. 26, 28 hours because it’s been a long time.
On how he feels about the win:
We’re excited. It’s been 15 games. I’m sure everybody is aware of that and we’re all aware of it. But right now it’s 3-0. I think that’s what a lot of guys are focusing on. We know we just took a huge monkey off our backs. Right now the most important thing coming out of that locker room is we’re 1-0 in the division. We have to play these guys again. We can put this one under our belt, but we’ve got to continue to work this season.
On how he felt being down 21-0 at one point in the first half:
Again, confidence. We said it when we came in the locker room and we said we’ve been in worst spots than this. We’ve just got to keep working. Again on offense, we felt like it was just us shooting ourselves in the foot; missing assignments, getting penalties and things like that. Nothing that they were doing was killing us. It was ourselves. We said as long as we get that out of our way, we should be able to play with these guys.
On the exit that he had off of the field with the fans chanting his name, if he had ever experienced it before:
Not at all. That’s huge. When we get these guys behind us like that it’ll be a great environment to feed off of when we come back. When we got teams that come in here and play us and we got an atmosphere like that, it motivates everyone on the field.
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