Inside The Bills

Byrd was key piece in last win over Panthers

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2013 – 10:05 am

The last time the Bills faced the Panthers was in Charlotte in 2009. Buffalo was in the last year of the Dick Jauron regime, and had no business winning the game in Carolina that day. Marshawn Lynch rushed for just 40 yards and Ryan Fitzpatrick had just 123 yards passing on the day, but one player had a big hand in making those numbers irrelevant in a 20-9 Bills victory.

Jairus Byrd had a pair of interceptions. The first put Buffalo up early as he picked off Jake Delhomme at the Panthers 45 and returned it to the Carolina seven-yard line. Lynch would score on the next series for a 7-0 lead.

In the second half, Byrd again picked off Delhomme deep over the middle on a tipped pass at his own 40-yard line and returned it to the Carolina 27. Again the Bills put the ball in the end zone on a two-yard strike from Fitzpatrick to Lee Evans.

George Wilson had the third interception off Delhomme, who three for 325 yards on the day.

Carolina outgained Buffalo 425 yards to 167, but the turnovers, which included a muffed punt return late by Carolina were 4-0.

Byrd is doubtful today with his foot injury.

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