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BDC 9/9: Bills Defeated by Patriots in Season Opener

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on September 9, 2013 – 4:38 pm

–The Buffalo Bills were defeated 23-21 by the New England Patriots yesterday in their 2013 regular season and home opener at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills fell to 0-1 for the season with the loss. Rookie QB EJ Manuel turned in a steady performance in his NFL debut. He went 18-for-27 for 150 yards and two touchdowns to lead the passing attack for the Bills. WRs Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods were the recipients of Manuel’s first two NFL touchdown passes. Leading the way on the ground was RB Fred Jackson with 13 rushes for 67 yards. He also had four receptions for 41 yards as he contributed an all-around performance. The Bills defense was led by S Jim Leonhard, MLB Kiko Alonso and SS Aaron Williams, who all had nine tackles on the day. Alonso also forced and recovered a fumble in his NFL debut. FS Da’Norris Searcy had a breakout performance, contributing eight tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery that he took 74 yards for his first career NFL touchdown. Leading the way for the Patriots offense was QB Tom Brady who threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns on 29-for-52 passing. Both touchdowns were caught by WR Julian Edelman, who finished with seven catches for 79 yards. K Stephen Gostkowski converted all three of his field goal attempts, including the game-winner with five seconds remaining in the game.

8:40 am – Da’Norris Searcy on the Howard Simon Show (WGR 550)

10:20 am – Jim Leonhard on the Jeff Blair Show (Fan 590)

4:00 pm – Eric Wood on Schopp and the Bulldog (WGR 550)

7:30 pm – The Fred Jackson Show on WBBZ with guest C.J. Spiller

Rookie WR Robert Woods tallied a touchdown on his first NFL reception yesterday in the Bills 21-23 loss to the Patriots.  

EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills quarterback
On the sold-out crowd and the role they play in the game:
“We just wanted to feed off their energy. I think that was going into the fourth quarter. We just wanted to get them back into the game. They’re kind of like our 12th man out there. They’re extremely loud and they help both sides of the ball, not just on defense but they helped us out on offense as well.”

Buffalo News- Patriots edge Bills on last-minute field goal

Buffalo News- Jackson provides Bills with a spark with his play and words

Buffalo News- Searcy sets the tone for Bills’ defense

Buffalo News- Bills feel the pain after letting one slip away

Buffalo News- Brady, Patriots make adjustments on the fly

Buffalo News- Remember, season’s about Manuel and rebuilding

Buffalo News- Penalty wounds are self-inflicted

Buffalo News- Quarterly Report

Buffalo News- Manuel could have used more receiver help

Buffalo News- Bills belong in Western New York, Cuomo says

Rochester D&C- Buffalo Bills fall to New England Patriots

Rochester D&C- Tom Brady finally looks human

Rochester D&C- Doug Marrone, EJ Manuel fall in Bills debut

Rochester D&C- Three and Out

Olean Times Herald- No moral wins for Williams and the Bills

Wellsville Daily Reporter- Patriots spoil Manuel’s debut with late FG

Canandaigua Daily Messenger- Mistakes critical in Buffalo Bills’ loss to Patriots

Dunkirk Observer- No moral victories in Bills’ loss to Patriots

Auburn Citizen- Mistakes, penalties hurt Bills in 23-21 loss to Patriots

Toronto Sun- New receivers, but same old Brady and same old result for Patriots at Buffalo

Toronto Star- Bills five seconds from paydirt vs. Patriots: Kelly

Toronto Globe and Mail- Hope amid the ruins for Bills as Patriots escape with last-gasp win:

AP- Gostkowski clinches Pats’ 23-21 win over Bills

AP- Bills’ Goodwin hurt in 1st half

AP- Bills S Byrd out against Patriots

AP- NY gov stops by tailgate party for Bills opener Inefficiency early and late sink Bills vs. Pats Bills can’t quite pull out win vs. Pats Fred Jackson sparks rushing attack Doug Marrone: ”We’ll go onward, upward’ EJ Manuel: ”I’m always critical of myself” C.J. Spiller: ”Turnovers killed us” Da’Norris Searcy: ”I just seized the moment” Defense makes plays, but Brady closes

Bill Focus: Penalties Plague Bills in Loss
Bills Roundup: Missed Chances Lead to 23-21 Loss
Doug Marrone Postgame Press Conference
EJ Manuel Postgame Press Conference  
Bills fans ‘Rock the Ralph’ for home opener

Sideline Reactions: Patriots 23 – Bills 21 
Bills suffer painful loss
Bills fans, remain calm!

Patriots’ Late FG Spoils Manuel’s Debut
Sunday Blitz: Patriots-Bills Recap
Bills Show Promise, But Pats Prevail
Week 1: Patriots vs. Bills highlights
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady fumbles on the Bills 1-yard line  
Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel 18-yard touchdown pass to Robert Woods
EJ Manuel 18-yard touchdown pass to Stevie Johnson
Buffalo Bills safety Da’Norris Searcy 74-yard fumble return for a touchdown

Late Patriots rally sinks Bills 23-21

Young Bills can’t close the door 
Bills fall to Patriots in final minute

Week One: Buffalo Bills Scorecard
Sal’s Observations on Brady & Other Items
Take 2: Bills come up short against Patriots
Marrone, Manuel Era Starts With Tough Loss 

Bills nearly pull off stunner in opener, lose 23-21 to New England

Some Positives From Bills Loss

Bills fans react to new rules at Ralph Wilson Stadium

Bills Postgame Report
Bills fall to Patriots in opener

Additional Clips
Inside the Bills
Carpenter’s career numbers at the Ralph, Dareus: Week 1 vs. Pats is tone setting game, C.J.: EJ unaware of the volume at the Ralph, Bills inactives, Patriots inactives, All 6 Bills WRs up today, Painfully close to be fixed by consistency, Bills injury update, Players react: Patriots at Bills, Bills try to make sense of penalties, Vets not interested in moral victories, Searcy on the radio

Buffalo News (Press Coverage Blog)
Game ball: Patriots 23, Bills 21
Video analysis from The News’ football writers
13 penalties pockmark valiant Bills effort against Patriots
Kyle Williams feels like throwing up 
And now a quick message from Kyle Williams that sums it up
Postgame video: Patriots 23, Bills 21
Points after: Patriots 23, Bills 21
News staff selections: Week One
Jairus Byrd, Rob Gronkowski top list of Bills-Patriots inactives
Bills shed no tears upon learning Rob Gronkowski won’t play

D&C (Bills Eye Blog)
Buffalo Bills sights and tweets Buffalo Bills Blog
Welcome to Ralph Wilson Stadium
Parting Shot: Divisional Title Droughts
Jairus Byrd inactive for Bills
Rapid Reaction: Patriots 23, Bills 21
Brady, Patriots rally to edge Bills on late FG
Locker Room Buzz: Buffalo Bills
EJ Manuel poised, but unspectacular in loss
Patriots shut down C.J. Spiller in opener
Penalties a lingering issue for Bills
Bills’ report card vs. Patriots Around the League
Tom Brady, New England Patriots rally past upset-minded Buffalo Bills
New England Patriots overcome sloppy play to win

Kryk Slants
New receivers, same old result for Brady at Buffalo

Buffalo Rumblings
Bills vs. Patriots, NFL Week 1: Bills snap counts for offense, defense
Patriots 23, Bills 21: post-game awards for Buffalo Rumblings Podcast
Patriots-Bills final score: Buffalo falls late to New England, 23-21
Marquise Goodwin injury: rookie wideout has cast on hand
Bills inactives vs. Patriots: Stephon Gilmore, Jairus Byrd out today

Nick Mendola
Immediate Reactions: 2013 Bills

AFC East Daily
Searcy proves his worth in Byrd’s absence

Buffalo Low Down
Week 1 Recap: New England 23 – Buffalo 21
Up-tempo Hurts Bills In 1st Game

All Sports WNY
Bills Played Hard, but Not Smart in Loss to Patriots
EJ Manuel Shows Promise

Bleacher Report
Live Game Grades for Bills vs. Patriots 
Can Marrone Improve on Bills Debut?
Full Roster Report Card for Buffalo
EJ Manuel: Grading Buffalo Bills QB’s Week 1 Debut vs. New England Patriots

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