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Bills snap Cardinals’ home winning streak in overtime

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John Skelton lost his chance to play hero when Jay Feely’s 38-yard field goal clanged off an upright at the end of regulation.

He gets to be the goat, instead. Skelton, who replaced Kevin Kolb after Kolb was injured late in the fourth quarter, was intercepted by Jairus Byrd in Arizona territory on the team’s first possession of overtime. Byrd returned the ball to the six-yard line and Rian Lindell gave Buffalo a 19-16 win two plays later.

The loss snaps Arizona’s eight-game home winning streak and they lost a chance to take over sole possession of first place in the NFC West. They are now locked in a three-way tie with the 49ers and Seahawks at 4-2. That’s nothing compared to the AFC East. All four teams are 3-3 after Buffalo’s win, which means that the Bills are in first place and last place all at once.

Both teams were able to run the ball well on Sunday — the Bills had 165 yards on the ground while the Cardinals mustered 182 yards — but the passing games were stuck in neutral. Ryan Fitzpatrick went 18-of-32 for 153 yards and was sacked twice, Brad Smith threw an interception on an ill-advised play when the Bills were trying to run out the clock, Kolb was 14-of-26 with a pick while getting dropped five times and Skelton completed just two of the 10 passes he attempted. That looked like it would be enough to get them the win until Feely missed a little more than a minute of game time after he hit a career-long 61-yarder to tie the game.

If there’s any upside for the Cardinals, Skelton’s pick probably means that there won’t be any quarterback controversy in Arizona this week. The downside is that they didn’t look much better with Kolb, who might not be available anyway.

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26 Responses to “Bills snap Cardinals’ home winning streak in overtime”
  1. idonttipipaybills says: Oct 14, 2012 7:55 PM

    Can you believe Seattle beat new England ,

  2. zonedogz says: Oct 14, 2012 7:56 PM

    Both teams tried their best to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory but the Cards were better.

  3. b1unt3d says: Oct 14, 2012 7:56 PM

    Back to life, back to reality.

  4. jpmelon says: Oct 14, 2012 7:57 PM

    I thought Gailey had lost his mind when he didn’t attempt the 53 yard field goal…..but he gave his defence the chance to exploit the cards backup QB and it paid off. Much needed win to keep the Bills tied in the division.

  5. rhett16 says: Oct 14, 2012 7:57 PM

    That loud “THUD” heard in Arizona was the sound of Cardinals fans coming back down to Earth. 4-0 is going to be 4-6 pretty easily. Almost feel sorry for their fans.

    A buddy of mine is a Buffalo fan, he says they play a drinking game every time Fitzpatrick misses a wide open receiver, I can only assume he has died of alcohol poisoning today. RIP buddy.

  6. dizil3 says: Oct 14, 2012 7:59 PM

    So they change it up this week, good defensive play calling and bad offensive play calling. Good job Chan, let a guy that has not thrown a pass in 3 years throw on one of the best corners in the league, with 3 minutes left in their territory. Great coaching there. Never had a problem with Gailey until that call and it was a very bad one. On the other hand defense looked good and Nigel Bradham made them much better. Fitz still can’t hit an open reciever and that will not change. good win and it was all the players, not the coaching that won this game.

  7. dgoens3109 says: Oct 14, 2012 8:07 PM

    One of the worst playcalls I have ever seen really should have resulted in a Bills loss. I’ve never felt worse after a win. I guess, as a Bills fan, you just have to take em when and however you can get em.

  8. dgoens3109 says: Oct 14, 2012 8:07 PM

    Well said zonedog…

  9. cobruhhh says: Oct 14, 2012 8:22 PM

    Thank you Mr. Byrd.

  10. garryjercia says: Oct 14, 2012 8:26 PM

    It was a Lekas lock.

  11. dtjano says: Oct 14, 2012 8:43 PM

    Fitz is awful, Gailey has to be fired. Gailey must hate Spiller.

  12. billsfaninmiami says: Oct 14, 2012 8:48 PM

    Yay!
    Bills squeeze one out the right way this week.
    Been squeezin out stinkers for the last 2…

  13. andrewfbrowne says: Oct 14, 2012 8:56 PM

    Bills fans are worse than Philly fans, you guys won on the road, against a team that was 4-1, that was playing great defense, after getting embarrassed the last two weeks. Oh and by the way, you are tied for first place in your division. Yeah, you should fire the coach. You should not be allowed to hate on your team when they win.

  14. buffalostampede90 says: Oct 14, 2012 9:19 PM

    zonedogz

    Cards were better but who won the game shhh don’t talk

  15. billsfan1 says: Oct 14, 2012 9:23 PM

    This is the d we were hoping for…. Fits has to go. If the d plays like this and we had better qb production , there would be hope

  16. tdrundmc says: Oct 14, 2012 9:59 PM

    The Cardinals offense is brutal to watch.

  17. xstaticonradio says: Oct 14, 2012 10:57 PM

    andrewfbrowne says: Oct 14, 2012 8:56 PM

    Bills fans are worse than Philly fans, you guys won on the road, against a team that was 4-1, that was playing great defense, after getting embarrassed the last two weeks. Oh and by the way, you are tied for first place in your division. Yeah, you should fire the coach. You should not be allowed to hate on your team when they win.

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    Did you watch the game? Bills won despite Chan Gailey, not because of him. He’s one of the worst playcallers I’ve ever seen.

  18. slippyal2 says: Oct 14, 2012 11:12 PM

    This game was filled with 3 putrid quarterbacks. Poor Stevie Johnson and Larry Fitzgearld, their careers will have “what could of been” because these guys can’t throw.

  19. realfann says: Oct 14, 2012 11:17 PM

    “That looked like it would be enough to get them the win until Feely missed a little more than a minute of game time after he hit a career-long 61-yarder to tie the game”

    What does that mean?

  20. rabidbillsfan says: Oct 14, 2012 11:52 PM

    Really not trying to toot my own horn, but I’m glad my fellow Bills fans are finally seeing what I have for the past 2 weeks. Gaileys game management skills are terrible. It started with playing both injured backs against NE, when Choice easily could have been more effective. Remember, he chose to plunge Spiller from the 1 with a bum shoulder before half, good-bye 7 points. Then, in San Fran, obviously Jackson is still not 100%, but he split the carries evenly for 0 running game production. As far as the playcalling, they run a wildcat end around that knocks them out of field position, then run an in route and recoup 2 yards of the lost yardage. It’s 3rd and 2, you have a very dominant O-line, and you put the ball in a QB’s hands who has trouble with squeezing balls through windshields, and you run your smallest receiver into the teeth of the NFL’s best defense, again, more points off the board. Today, Jackson has either lost it, or is still hurt, because he is is ineffective. Buffalo is not a 2 back team, Spiller should average 20-24 touches per game when healthy, feed the beast! Then, we all know the Smith throw, and yes, the FG was a long one, but there is a trade off of 15 yards in field position, and if Arizona happened to drive into the now 61-yard range of Feeley, you basically told Lindell you didn’t trust him to win the game for you. I have been laughed off the local radio show the past 2 weeks because everybody is stuck on Fitz being terrible, and as soon as I mention Gailey or play calling, it’s “The QB sucks, simple as that.” Well, we do have Tavaris Jackson who gets 0 reps in practice, and Gailey also publicly acknowledged that he has 0 input on the defensive side of the ball. Also, who calls the crazy deep outside throws that Fitz always misses or gets picked? Gailey is the biggest reason that this team is 3-3, Fitz is a close second, but I garuntee that until #1 goes, we well have to deal with #2

  21. billsboy88 says: Oct 15, 2012 1:17 AM

    The same old problems are plaguing these Bills. Poor QB play, vanilla coaching, failure to take advantage of opportunities, giving up too many opportunities…..so many things I could rant on about.

    Right now, I’m just glad they found a way to win that game. They tried so very hard to lose

  22. silverbackdk says: Oct 15, 2012 2:24 AM

    Cards have the worst two starting tackles in football. To bad because everywhere else they are good enough to contend….Kolb does a descent jo considering he is getting
    hammered even on 3 step drops. Still they should have
    won….

  23. gadzod says: Oct 15, 2012 5:39 AM

    andrewfbrowne says:
    Oct 14, 2012 8:56 PM
    Bills fans are worse than Philly fans, you guys won on the road, against a team that was 4-1, that was playing great defense, after getting embarrassed the last two weeks. Oh and by the way, you are tied for first place in your division. Yeah, you should fire the coach. You should not be allowed to hate on your team when they win.

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    You must not have watched theg game. Gailey trusts in a QB that can’t throw the ball. He says he trusts him but at the same time, he doesn’t. For those of you that don’t understand.

    2nd and 28 at BUF 13 (Shotgun) R.Fitzpatrick pass short left to C.Spiller pushed ob at BUF 20 for 7 yards (A.Wilson).
    3rd and 21 at BUF 20 (Shotgun) R.Fitzpatrick pass short left to C.Spiller ran ob at BUF 31 for 11 yards (P.Peterson).

    Two screen plays on 2nd and 28 and 3rd and 21. This was with 11:30 left in the game, up 16-13. To make matters worse, he played for OT at the end of the game. After Fitz gets sacked, he runs the ball twice and allows Arizona to get one last chance to win it (the missed FG).

    Lets not even mention the Wildcat pass when the running backs are getting first downs on their own, when you’re at the Zona 36 yard line with 3:07 left. I understand you want to put a dagger in the game, but you’re not fooling anybody when you have 2 WR’s out next to each other. If you want to do a trick play like that and fool them, you have 1 WR out there, and there would be 1 less DB covering the area.

    The Bills won, but it certainly wasn’t because of Ryan Fitzpatrick or Chan Gailey. In fact, they almost lost us the game. Fitz cannot throw a ball more than 6 yards, and Gailey has horrible playcalling at the worst possible time, coupled with the fact that he trusts and allow Fitz to be the starting QB. I’m almost at the point where I’m willing to even see Thigpen on the field. That’s saying A LOT.

  24. nynjtnbc says: Oct 15, 2012 1:55 PM

    For what it’s worth, multiple Bills defenders said that Alex Carrington got a hand on the potential game winner. So Feely shouldn’t be considered a goat…he hit an unbelievable FG then had one tipped.

    Regarding the Brad Smith hail mary debacle, I agree it was a terrible call. That said, today a number of Bills commentators are saying that apparently D. Jones was supposed to run the route down the middle of the field, not the right hash-mark. Still is a terrible call and probably wouldn’t have worked even then, but at least part of what made it so awful was poor execution on the WRs part. If that helps those of us who almost pulled our hair out (or does it hurt?).

  25. jgedgar70 says: Oct 15, 2012 5:55 PM

    As a Panther fan with no rooting interest in this game but just channel surfing through Sunday Ticket while my team was on a bye, I found the 4th quarter of this and the Pats-Seahawks games quite compelling. I guess it’s because I didn’t have a rooting interest, but I didn’t have a problem with the Brad Smith pass. The Bills had been running well, it seemed like a good time to see if they could catch the Cards napping, and if it works, game over. It’s easy to call something ill-advised if it doesn’t work.

  26. dtjano says: Oct 15, 2012 10:16 PM

    Why not use Spiller more? He has clearly passed Jackson. After Spiller the Bills next best play-maker has been McKelvin. For as terrible as he is in coverage he is a stud punt returner.

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