Inside The Bills

Chandler, Stevie come to grips with fumbles

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2013 – 1:57 am

The Bills had a chance to win their back and forth game with the Falcons Sunday at the Rogers Centre late in the fourth quarter and in overtime. But fumbles on back to back possessions ultimately led to a game-winning field goal for Atlanta. For Stevie Johnson and Scott Chandler the circumstances were tough to bear.

“It hurts,” said Chandler. “You hate to let the fans down and you really hate to let your teammates down.
But that’s part of the game. You want to make all the plays and you want to finish all the plays the right way. I just didn’t do it that time.

“It was a great throw by EJ [Manuel] out in front and I put the ball away. I didn’t get my hand underneath it enough and the guy hit it right on the ball and just knocked it loose. Really disappointing. Obviously you want to be able to protect the ball in that situation. And you want to make a play that helps your team win and not the play that really turns the tide to make your team lose.”

Stevie Johnson, whose fumble came late in regulation with the team within yards of a game-winning field goal attempt, took his miscue especially hard.

“Yeah, I was just running with the ball,” said Johnson. “I knew we were down there and had the game
sealed and he came from behind and made the play, a helluva play.”


We want to bring this town, this region the playoffs,” he said. “To know that kind of slipped away on that play is tough. But that’s part of what we do. We’re putting ourselves out there. If you want to be a guy who is making plays for your team then you’re going to have to deal with the disappointment when you don’t make a play.”

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