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BDC 10/15: Bills at Cardinals Recap

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on October 15, 2012 – 11:10 am


–FS Jairus Byrd picked off his second pass of the game in overtime to lead the Buffalo Bills to a 19-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. With the win, the Bills move to 3-3 and into a tie for first place in the AFC East. After Byrd’s overtime interception gave the Bills the ball deep in Arizona territory, K Rian Lindell punched through a 25-yard game winner. The Cardinals nearly won the game in the fourth quarter after K Jay Feely drilled a 61-yard field goal to tie things up with just over a minute to play, but Feely went on to miss a 38-yard attempt with time expiring, sending the game into overtime. The Bills won the toss and choose to receive in overtime, but their opening drive stalled out on the Arizona 40-yard line and Buffalo opted to punt. On Arizona’s third play of the extra period, QB John Skelton was picked off by Byrd, who returned the ball 29 yards to the Arizona 6-yard line prompting Lindell’s game winning field goal. Behind Byrd’s play, the Bills defense left their mark on the game tallying two interceptions, five sacks, six tackles for loss and a safety. DE Mario Williams and LB Nick Barnett were each responsible for two sacks and DE Chris Kelsay was credited with the safety. Offensively, Buffalo relied on feature backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson to carry the load. Spiller totaled 88 yards on the ground and a score on the day, while Jackson ran for 53 yards and a touchdown. WR Stevie Johnson found space in the Cardinals secondary throughout the game, connecting with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for six catches for 82 yards. Fitzpatrick finished the day completing 18-of-32 passes for 153 yards.

WGR 550 – The Howard Simon Show
Chan Gailey
Ryan Fitzpatrick  

WGR 550 – Schopp and The Bulldog
Stevie Johnson – 4:00 PM 

The Bills held the Dallas Texans to 29 rushing yards in a 27-24 victory at War Memorial Stadium. 

Head Coach Chan Gailey
Opening statement:
“My take on the game was it was a gut check. I’m impressed with the way our team fought through adversity. The first play of the game, we fumbled the ball. We played great red zone defense. We didn’t play as consistent on offense but did enough good things in all areas to win the game on the road against a good football team. It wasn’t pretty at times, but it was a gut check and that may go a long way for our football team.” 

On the relief of getting the win:
“It’s huge, but it’s not relief. It’s excitement about where our team can go. This was a tough football game, and it was against a good football team. To come on the road and win it the way we did, I am impressed with the way the team played.” 

On the emotions when the Cardinals 61-yard field goal was made to tie the game:
“You can’t explain the emotions. There is just no way. You don’t think there is any way a guy is going to make a 61-yarder, and then you think for sure he is going to make the short one and he doesn’t. There are highs and lows. As football teams, you have to handle highs and lows not only in a game but in a season. You just keep fighting. That was impressive by our football team.”

 On the decision to go with the wildcat pass by Brad Smith in the fourth quarter:
“We were trying to throw it more in the middle of the field to keep it away from the outside. We designed it to go to the middle of the field, but it ended up not hitting the middle of the field. If we hit that, we are all talking about what a great call it is, and if we don’t, it’s a dumb call. So it was a dumb call. If I had to do it over again, I’d run it. That’s the way life is.” 

On if the decision to go with the wildcat pass was based on the Cardinals defensive look:
“Yeah, we had already seen it two or three times versus what they had given us, and we thought we had a chance going right down the middle with it.” 

On the decision to punt in overtime:
“They were playing with a backup quarterback. If you can get them inside the 10-yard-line with a backup quarterback, you like your chances, especially with the way your defense has been playing.” 

On whether or not the new overtime rules made a difference:
“Yeah. You didn’t want to give them a short field, especially when they had made a 61-yarder.” 

On the defensive line getting pressure on Kevin Kolb:
“They really did. There were five sacks in the game, and I bet we hit him a bunch more and could have had a couple more in the grasp sacks if they would have called it. It was a great effort by that front line. I thought Kyle Moore stepped up. I thought he did some good things in that ball game. The rest of them all played well too.” 

On if he is happy now with the decision to spend the week in Arizona before the game:
“Yes. I didn’t know it at the time we set it up or during the course of the week. Talking to the guys late this week and hearing the guys talk to each other, I think it was valuable for us.”

 On the performance of DE Mario Williams:
“I think he played extremely well. I’ll have to watch the tape. I hate to go out on a limb, but it felt like he played really well. He played both the run and the pass. They were trying to chip him a bunch and he was still getting pressure on the quarterback. His presence was duly noted by them during the game. I really know that.” 

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
On thoughts of the Cardinals game-tying field goal:
“We saw him hit that 49-yard one earlier in the game, so we could tell he had a strong leg. I thought with 61 yards he maybe had a chance, but he nailed it. It was crazy. We had a chance with plenty of time go out there and win the game. Unfortunately, we got the sack on the first play and then we just tried to run out the clock.” 

On feeling fortunate about the win:
“There were a lot of breaks that went our way and some that went their way. It was just one of those games that we were up and down. We came out here with one goal, and that was to win. In the NFL you celebrate those victories, because we know they’re tough to come by. We put a lot of work in this week. In general, our whole organization put a lot of work into this week. This was a very satisfying win for us. Not only to get us back on track, but with the way that everything’s been going throughout the week and the way we have come together as a team, it was a fitting ending to the game.” 

On the sense of relief from winning the game:
“It’s a lot more excitement and our guys are fired up more than anything. Like I said, winning in the NFL is hard. The guys that have been around this league for a long time know you take them how you can get them.”
On his thoughts on their play calling:
“You’ll have to ask Chan (Gailey) about that one. As players we try to go out there and execute whatever is called. If it’s the right play or the wrong play, you try to make it the right play.” 

On coming home to Arizona:
“I got to spend some time at my house out here. I got to spend some time at my parents’ house. It was nice for me to able to relax a little bit. You don’t get that during the season at all, especially during a game week. It was nice for me to get out here. Waking up to sunshine and blue skies, I think everybody has a deep appreciation for Arizona now.” 

On the team’s mental toughness:
“It doesn’t get any tougher than that. In terms of really getting knocked down at the end of that game a couple different times, and coming back making the plays we did to win that game, I think that says a lot about our toughness.” 

On keeping Stevie Johnson in the game mentally:
“I think communication is big with me and Steve (Johnson). I don’t know if it was any more or less today, but I think it’s important. He’s a guy that is so emotional. He wants the ball on every play. It’s important to talk about some stuff, to make sure I’m seeing the same thing he is. We talk about how he’s covered. That’s probably what a lot of it was today.” 

On their running game:
“That was huge for us today. There were a lot of tough yards. You have to credit Chan (Gailey) for that. The guys up front had been beat up. There were different guys in different positions. The way they handled all that today was great.” 

FS Jairus Byrd
On the atmosphere in the locker room:
“We’re really excited. We fought back and this was a really big win for us. Coming from our performance we had for the past two weeks, this is big.” 

On the leadership in the defense huddle:
“A little bit of everybody, but mostly Kyle (Williams) and George Wilson. They were just getting our heads right, making sure we were staying focused, and at tentative to the situation.” 

On both interceptions:
“It was just the principles of our defense. The way we play it allows me to, depending on what the receiver does, frees me up to make plays. Fortunately, I was able to do that. From what the receiver did, I was able to go to the middle and help out.” 

On the last run:
“I was trying to get in the end zone, but a lot of people were just coming out of a lot of different directions. Finally, I just felt myself going down. Like I said, all game we had pressure up front. The defensive line did a great job of getting to the quarterback. He was flustered all game. My hats off to the front seven.” 

On what was different about the team this week:
“In Arizona we were away from the distractions. It was just us in there. It was a chance for us to soul search and correct what we needed to get correct without the distractions of being back at home. It was like a getaway and great for us mentally to just be able to regroup.”

 On the emotions on the sideline after the 61-yard field goal:
“When they made that, it was hats off to the kicker. I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like that. He did a great job of nailing that. After that, we knew we were in for a fight. We expected that overtime. All the guys just stayed in it mentally and hats off to them. We rallied together and stayed together as a unit and were able to come out of it with a victory.” 

On the importance of this win for the defense:
“It was great. Coach called a great game. He put us in positions to make plays. His calls were really good and so was his timing. All week he had said that if something came down to it, it would be us winning on defense. It played out just as he said it would.”

 On pressure to make a play:
“They put a lot of pressure on us, but we were ready for it. We already had it in our mind that it was going to come down to us winning the game. We were prepared for that type of game. A dog fight.” 

K Rian Lindell
–25-yd. OT FG was 13th career game-winning FG (7th with Bills), first since 9/25/11 vs. N.E. … 4th OT FG of career, 2nd with Bills (first 2 came with Sea.) … now 13-of-15 in career on game-winning FG att.
–Has scored in 112 of last 114 contests and in last 46 in a row … current streak is 5th longest in Bills history
–Remains 2nd on Bills career scoring list with 906 pts., trailing only club-record 1,011 by Steve Christie … Bills are one of 8 NFL teams to have more than one player with 900+ pts., joining Cleveland (Lou Groza, Phil Dawson and Don Cockroft), Detroit (Jason Hanson, Eddie Murray), Kansas City (Nick Lowery, Jan Stenerud), New England (Adam Vinatieri, Gino Cappelletti), Pittsburgh (Gary Anderson, Jeff Reed), San Diego (John Carney, LaDainian Tomlinson), and San Francisco (Jerry Rice, Ray Wersching)
–Lindell is one of only 4 active players with 900+ points with his current team, joining Detroit’s Jason Hanson (2,074, incl. 14 today at Phi.), Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski (1,308, incl. 8 today at Atl.), and Cleveland’s Phil Dawson (1,205, incl. 10 today vs. Cin.)
–1-1 today on FG … 207 FGs in Bills career remains 2nd on club all-time (see list, left) … needs 27 to tie club record-holder Steve Christie (234)
–207-249 (83.13%) on FGs in Bills career, best rate on club all-time (min. 50 att.; 2nd: Steve Christie –78.26%)

DE Mario Williams
–Recorded 2 sacks today … first sacks since recording 1.5 at Cle. 9/23
–16th career multi-sack game, 2nd with Bills … along with 2.0 sacks by Nick Barnett, today marked first time Bills had 2 or more players with multi-sack games since 10/30/11 vs. Was. (Marcell Dareus-2.5, Dwan Edwards-1.5, Barnett-1.0 on two shared sacks)
–First time Bills had 2 players with 2.0 or more sacks in same game since 12/10/06 at N.Y.J. (Aaron Schobel-3.0, Ryan Denney-2.0)
–Raised career sack total to 56.5
–Williams’ teams are 24-15 when participating in a sack, 12-4 with 2+
–Kevin Kolb is 30th different NFL QB sacked by Williams … Sunday also marked 1st sack vs. Ari., giving him sack against 22 of 32 NFL teams

FS Jairus Byrd
–Recorded 2 interceptions … 2nd INT, in OT, led to game-winning FG … Bills’ first OT INT since Paul Posluszny, 10/18/09 at N.Y.J., which also led to game-winning FG (Buffalo also had INT by John Wendling earlier in that same OT)
–1st INT occurred in 4th qtr., but Bills punted on ensuing possession … 5 of 16 career INTs have been in 4th qtr.
–4th multi-INT game of career, first since 11/1/09 vs. Hou.
–6th Bill ever with 4+ multi-INT games, joining Tom Janik (6), Billy Atkins (5), Archie Matsos (4), George “Butch” Byrd (4), and Mark Kelso (4)
–91st multi-INT game in Bills history, first since Nick Barnett vs. Phi., 10/9/11
–Now has 16 INTs in career, taking sole possession of 17th on Bills’ all-time INT chart … today moved past Billy Atkins (15) … with next INT, will tie co-#15s Dwight Harrison and Terrence McGee (17 each)
–Has team-high 3 INTs in 2012 (had first of season on game’s final play 9/16 vs. K.C.)
–Bills are 7-5 in games featuring Byrd INT (3-1 with 2 INTs)

 QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
–59.23% career completion rate with Bills remains 5th on Bills’ all-time list, behind 60.93% by Trent Edwards (535-878), 60.48% by Rob Johnson (401-663), 60.13% by Jim Kelly (2,874-4,780), and 59.30% by J.P. Losman (558-941)
–Remains 5th on Bills all-time completion list with 841 (see list, left) … 64 behind #4 Drew Bledsoe (905)
–1,420 career pass att. with Bills remains 5th on club all-time list … 111 behind #4 Drew Bledsoe (1,531)
–Remains 5th on Bills all-time passing yardage list with 9,464 (see list, left) … 687 behind #4 Drew Blesdoe (10,151)
–78.7 rating in Bills career remains 6th on Bills’ all-time list (min. 250 att.), behind 85.5 by Rob Johnson, 84.4 by Jim Kelly, 81.9 by Frank Reich, 81.7 by Doug Flutie, and 79.2 by Drew Bledsoe
-Did not throw TD pass for 2nd straight game, his first back-to-back games without TD since 11/1/09 vs. Hou. (start) & 11/15/09 at Ten. (relief) … first consecutive starts without TD since 2008 with Cin. (11/30/08 vs. Bal. & 12/7/08 at Ind.)
–Despite no TDs in last 2 games, this is still 5th time a Bills QB has 12+ TD passes through first 6 games of season, joining Joe Ferguson (14 in 1981), Jim Kelly (14 in 1991), Drew Bledsoe (14 in 2002), and Fitzpatrick (12 in 2011)

RB C.J. Spiller
–Scored TD on 10-yd. rush in 1st qtr. to give Bills 9-3 lead … TD was 5th of season, 4th via rush … 4 rushing TDs matches personal season-high (also had 4 in 2011)
–5 overall TDs in season are his 2nd most in season (had 6 – 4 rush, 2 rec. – in 2011)
–This is 3rd straight season Bills have had player with 5+ TDs through first 6 games of season (Stevie Johnson-5 in 2010; Fred Jackson-6 in 2011)
–Along with Fred Jackson TD rush, Sunday marked first time Bills had 2 RBs each score rush TD since 11/7/10 vs. Chi. (Jackson and Corey McIntyre)
–Game-high 88 rushing yds. increased season total to team-leading 453
–Has averaged club-record 5.38 yds. per rushing attempt in career (241-1,297) (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 (4.55 – 861-3,920)
–Averaging 7.55 yds. per attempt in 2012 (60-453), a new club single-season record … broke mark previously held by O.J. Simpson in 1973 (6.03 – 332-2,003)
–7.55 avg. through 6 games ranks 2nd in NFL since 1960 among players with at least 60 att. through 6 games, trailing only Chi. QB Bobby Douglass in 1972 (7.66, 62-475)

RB Fred Jackson
–Scored TD on 1-yd. rush in 3rd qtr. to give Bills 16-13 lead … TD was 1st of season, first since 10/16/11 at
N.Y.G. … 21st overall TD in NFL career, 17th via rush … 8 of 21 TDs have given Bills a lead
–17 rushing TDs tied with Marshawn Lynch for 14th on Bills all-time career list … needs 2 to tie #13 Greg Bell (19)
–53 rushing yds. today … raised career total to 3,920; figure remains 4th on Bills all-time list (see list, left), 525 behind #3 Joe Cribbs (4,445)
–861 career rush att. remains 6th on Bills all-time list … 7 behind #5 Willis McGahee (868) … needs 102 to tie #4 Travis Henry (963)
–Career rushing avg. of 4.55 (861-3,920) remains 3rd all-time in Bills history (among rushers with 200+ att.), trailing only C.J. Spiller (5.38 – 241-1,297) and O.J. Simpson (4.80 – 2,123-10,183)
–184 career rec. now ranks 14th in Bills history … today passed Joe Cribbs (180) … 13 behind #13 Stevie Johnson (197) … 20 behind #12 Jay Riemersma (204)
–Now ranks 2nd on club’s all-time chart for receptions by a RB … today passed Joe Cribbs (180), and now trails only Thurman Thomas (456)
–5,540 career scrimmage yds. (3,920 rush + 1,620 rec.) remains 8th in club history, 95 behind #7 Elbert Dubenion (5,635) … Is one of four players in franchise history with 3,500 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)

DE Chris Kelsay
–Sack in 1st qtr. resulted in safety … Safety was 33rd in Bills history and 2nd by Kelsay (other: 11/11/07 at Mia.) … Kelsay joins Ron McDole as only Bills with 2 career safeties … last safety recorded by Bill was 11/20/11 at Mia. (Kelvin Sheppard) … last 5 Bills safeties have occurred in road games (last at home: 11/7/04 vs. N.Y.J. – Pat Williams)”
–Sack raised career sack total to 31.5, tying Jeff Wright for 9th on Bills all-time sack chart (see list, left) … sack was first of season, and first since recording 3.0 vs. Den. 12/24/11 

LB Nick Barnett
–Recorded 2 sacks today (in 3rd & 4th qtrs.) to raise career total to 20.5 … takedowns were first of season; last sack: 12/4/11 vs. Ten.
–Multi-sack game was 6th of career, 2nd with Bills (10/30/11 vs. Was.) … along with 2.0 sacks by Mario Williams, today marked first time Bills had 2 or more players with multi-sack games since 10/30/11 vs. Was. (Marcell Dareus-2.5, Dwan Edwards-1.5, Barnett-1.0 on two shared sacks)
–Barnett’s teams are 14-3 when he participates in a sack (5-1 with two)

DE Mario Williams wreaked havoc in the Cardinals backfield totaling two sacks, two tackles for loss and three quarterback hits.

RB C.J. Spiller led the Buffalo offensive attack, running for 88 yards on 12 carries, catching four passes for 22 yards and tallying the Bills first score of the day.

Buffalo News-Byrd has last word in Bills’ OT victory

Buffalo News-Selective memory lets good times roll

Buffalo News-‘Uncle Aeneas’ proud of Byrd’s play

Buffalo News-Quarterly Report

Buffalo News-Report Card

Rochester D&C-Buffalo Bills escape with win over Arizona Cardinals

Rochester D&C-Buffalo Bills benefit from good fortune for once

Associated Press-Byrd’s picks help Bills survive Arizona 19-16

Associated Press-Skelton back for Cardinals against Bills

Toronto Sun-Bills sweat one out in Arizona

Toronto Star-Buffalo Bills enough to drive a good fan batty

Canandaigua Daily Messenger-Byrd helps Buffalo edge Arizona – Week 7 Bills report card

Auburn Citizen-Buffalo Bills Week 6 Report Card: A win is a win, Byrd save season with OT win in Arizona in desert has unanticipated benefit experience defensive resurgence ”I’m impressed with the way the team played” react to the OT win in Arizona

Audio/Video/Photo Clip
Bills Roundup: Byrd Keys 19-16 Overtime Win
Mario Williams Postgame Press Conference
Jairus Byrd Postgame Press Conference
Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference
Rian Lindell on Game Winning Field Goal  

WGR 550
Bills Edge Cardinals 19-16 in OT
Gailey’s team may have saved him
Sideline Reactions: Bills 19 – Cardinals 16 

Bills Win Shows Chan Still ‘Has’ Team – For Now
Photo Gallery: Bills vs. Cardinals
Bills Beat Cardinals 19-16 In OT
Bills Happy to Win Ugly
Bills Report Card – Week 6 

Byrd saves the day 

Bills top Arizona in OT
GameDay: Bills vs. Cardinals highlights
Most surprising 3-3 AFC East team?
Bills vs. Cardinals highlights
Byrd overtime pick
Byrd picks off Kolb
Spiller 33-yard sprint
Jackson 1-yard TD plunge
Buffalo Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay forces safety 

Bills escape Arizona with an OT win
Bills inactives vs. Arizona 

Byrd’s picks help Bills survive Arizona 19-16 

Pitoniak: Bills Prevent Awful Week For Gailey
Pitoniak: Byrd saves the day
Bills win OT thriller in Arizona 

Winning cures all
Bills Get a Tough Win Against the Cardinals
Bills Record Road Win in Arizona in Overtime 

Close! Buffalo Bills beat Arizona Cardinals in OT 

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
Bills bust Cards’ streaks, Bills OT history solid, Kelsay moves into top 10 for sacks, Carrington tipped missed 38 yarder, No knee brace for Fred, Rinehart starting, Cards inactives, Bradham to start, Bills inactives

Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Bills Record Road Win in Arizona in Overtime
Video: Graham, Skurski analyze the Bills’ win in Arizona
Game ball: Bills 19, Cardinals 16 (OT)
Points after: Bills 19, Cardinals 16 (OT)
Bills at Cardinals inactives
Climate-controlled greetings from Glendale, Ariz.
Immediate Reactions: Bills 19, Cardinals 16 (OT)
Bills Pull Out Win In OT 19-16
Defense Aggressive In Win 

The Sports Network
Buffalo 19, Arizona 16 (OT) 

ESPN AFC East Blog
Wrap-up: Bills 19, Cardinals 16 (OT) 

Three Point Stance (Rochester D&C)
Sal’s Six Points – The Answers
Report card 

Buffalo Rumblings
Bills 19, Cardinals 16 (OT): Jairus Byrd Saves The Day

Buffalo Sports Daily
Defensive Bills Pull Off OT Win At Arizona

Pro Football Talk
Bills snap Cardinals’ home winning streak in overtime
Cardinals and Bills head to overtime after Kolb gets hurt 

Pro Football Weekly
Byrd’s pick propels Bills to OT win over Cardinals 

AFC East Daily
Bills ride waves of emotion in ‘gut check’ victory 

NFL Rapid Reports
Postgame analysis: Bills 19, Cardinals 16 (OT) 

All Sports WNY
Weird Doesn’t Describe the Bills 19-16 Overtime Win Over Arizona

 CBS Sports Blog
Bills deflect potential winning field goal, defeat Cardinals in overtime

 Arizona Sports
Bills’ Fitzpatrick beats hometown team

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