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Bills come back for stunning win over Panthers

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The Panthers kept letting the Bills hang around.

So finally, the Bills decided to go ahead and win it since the Panthers refused to.

On a day of manic swings, mistakes by young quarterbacks, injury depleted secondaries and confusion, the Bills stole a 24-23 win on Stevie Johnson’s touchdown with two seconds left.

The Panthers appeared to have iced the game with an interception by reserve safety Colin Jones, but a pass interference call negated that turnover, and gave E.J. Manuel a chance to become a hero in Buffalo.

Manuel was 27-of-39 for 296 yards, with a touchdown and an interception, but made the play when one was begging to be made, hitting a wide-open Johnson in the corner of the end zone for the winning score. The Bills also got a franchise-record 4.5 sacks from Mario Williams.

Meanwhile in Charlotte, the search for scapegoats will begin anew.

The Panthers are now 2-14 in games decided by a touchdown or less under coach Ron Rivera, who fell to 13-21 overall.

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42 Responses to “Bills come back for stunning win over Panthers”
  1. vexey says: Sep 15, 2013 4:25 PM

    We should have fired Rivera a year ago

    A fantastic coordinator but an equally terrible head coach

  2. sportsmeccabi says: Sep 15, 2013 4:26 PM

    Don’t remind me

  3. wwwmattcom says: Sep 15, 2013 4:26 PM

    The Bills are getting no respect. This should be a headline. Rookie QB operates his team to touchdown in a minute thirty six seconds.

  4. fdugrad says: Sep 15, 2013 4:28 PM

    STUNNING?! This team has done pretty much NOTHING but lose since the present QB has been behind center, regardless the excuse du jour. What in heaven’s name is STUNNING about a Panther loss?

  5. bucrightoff says: Sep 15, 2013 4:30 PM

    “Hey Ron Rivera, thanks for making sure I’m guaranteed not to be the first coach fired this year”

    - signed every coach on the hot seat

  6. trollhammer20 says: Sep 15, 2013 4:30 PM

    I am trying to remember seeing someone as wide open as Stevie Johnson was on that last play, when a team is inside the five.

    The fact he is their best receiver only makes it more confusing how he could have been left so completely alone.

  7. nfloracle says: Sep 15, 2013 4:31 PM

    Watching the Panthers continue to lose in the final minutes is almost as bad as choking to death on a $75 beef steak. I wish just for once Rivera would play to win. What a disaster this year is looking to become.

  8. porkcarrot says: Sep 15, 2013 4:32 PM

    Rivera has to go and he has to go now.

  9. dolphindubs says: Sep 15, 2013 4:36 PM

    Quit blaming the coach and start blaming the QB! Newton is a DUD as a QB! HE is the reason for all the many, many, many losses for Carolina

  10. Passionburnswithin says: Sep 15, 2013 4:36 PM

    The Offensive line played horribly and so did the secondary. That being said the play calling was HORRIBLE for examplethe same read option fake to a run was called so many times that the defense knew exactly when it was coming. There is no spark or flavor to the scheme. At the same time they are handcuffing Cam the same way as last year before they realized to open it up a bit and wound winning some games last year. It is evident Rivera and his staffing choices are done let’s clean house cause this is pathetic.

  11. rhinojr says: Sep 15, 2013 4:37 PM

    Scapegoats Search? No search needed – COACHING STAFF BLOWS! Gettleman is looking through his list of coaching candidates. With Giants coming to town, Kitties are 0-3…

  12. buffalo65 says: Sep 15, 2013 4:39 PM

    Good to see Mario being Mario. Go bills.

  13. packersarethebest says: Sep 15, 2013 4:40 PM

    Can I just say that the Bills really drafted themselves a good (potentially great) QB. Wow! Talk about wanting him to have the ball with 2:00 left!

  14. mdd913 says: Sep 15, 2013 4:49 PM

    Please national media, keep telling us how wonderful Cam Newton is…..

  15. realfootballfan says: Sep 15, 2013 4:50 PM

    The curse of the bad offensive coordinator strikes again. His bad coordinator next of kin in Minnesota put forth a similar horrible game plan for his team.

  16. juiceboxsupply says: Sep 15, 2013 4:51 PM

    Fox is terrible. Stockton and Barber are embarrassingly bad. The only thing missing from that game was a ‘boom goes the dynamite’ from Rhonde. Seriously the worst broadcasting that I’ve ever heard

  17. iamcline says: Sep 15, 2013 4:54 PM

    Dig in Panther fans, JR wont fire a coach during the season. Rivera will be around for 15 more weeks, 14 of those will be torture.

  18. buff80 says: Sep 15, 2013 4:55 PM

    It feels good to be on the right side of a last second game. Hope the Bills can build off of this and get this franchise back to relevence

  19. panthersftw says: Sep 15, 2013 5:00 PM

    mdd913 says: Sep 15, 2013 4:49 PM

    Please national media, keep telling us how wonderful Cam Newton is…..

    _______________

    pretty sure the national media has done nothing but talk trash about cam for the past 2 years…

  20. patch24680 says: Sep 15, 2013 5:00 PM

    It’s gonna be a L O N G season again, Panther fans. OMG…..when will this team learn how to keep a lead and actually win a game?!!!!!

  21. ralphwilsonisrich says: Sep 15, 2013 5:06 PM

    EJ is better the spam

  22. bostoncollie says: Sep 15, 2013 5:12 PM

    Panthers should have gone for it on 4th down to close out the game….instead they just kick the FG and give the Bills a chance…they should have fired Rivera after last year

  23. southcack803 says: Sep 15, 2013 5:14 PM

    Again, Rivera opts not to try and get 1 yd to seal a win. He’s proven himself incompetent as a coach. Nice guy, but no head coach. JR needs to act on monday, although we all know he won’t.

  24. ralphwilsonisrich says: Sep 15, 2013 5:17 PM

    It was the knuckleheads who biffed the play not the head coach necks!

  25. realfootballfan says: Sep 15, 2013 5:20 PM

    For those thinking Rivera won’t last past the bye, you seem to be unaware why he’s still there to begin with. Richardson isn’t going to pay a coach to go away. He might want to start scouring the contract Al Davis style so he can fire him “for cause.”

  26. redridershoottheireyeout says: Sep 15, 2013 5:50 PM

    what a painful game to watch, Barber and Stockton were awful and neither team seemed to want to win the game, but a win is a win and a loss like that is a real disappointment, better them than us for once, thanks for the video highlights NBC, you suck

  27. henryjones20 says: Sep 15, 2013 6:24 PM

    bills fan here, but I can’t believe u carolina fans blame cam.horrible game plan by Carolina. gotta play to cams strength, playing on the run.glad they didn’t try it today

  28. fdugrad says: Sep 15, 2013 7:08 PM

    I continue waiting for SOMEONE to explain to me what is STUNNING, in ANY sense of the word OR its usage, about a Panther loss REGARDLESS the QB, HC, Offensive Coordinator, the opposition, the excuse, etc., etc.? I am not wondering how many folks agree with me I am curious to understand from ANYONE simply, what is STUNNING about this team losing?

  29. thundastormz says: Sep 15, 2013 7:23 PM

    It is stunning because it is damn near statistically impossible to lose every close game. At some point you should fall into a win by pure luck. I thought there was no way possible we could lose another close game….after we kicked a FG with one yard instead of going for a TD I got that sinking feeling in my stomach. I for one am STUNNED that we somehow lose every close game we are in.

  30. EJ says: Sep 15, 2013 7:24 PM

    The difference maker in this game was 2 things:
    Lets start with #2- (The pass rush) Between Mario Williams(4.5 sacks), Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus and Kiko Alonso(So far worth much more than his draft pick indicates)the pass rush was non-stop. Cam Newton was on the move all day, which made his job an unbelievable pain in the arse. Pettine is doing great, thanks Rex.

    Now on to #1- (Fred Jackson)Good ole’ reliable Freddy J, when the game is on the line, you can always count on him to get the job done. Even though he only rushed for 12 for 30 yards and a td, he made those 4 catches for 23 yards when it was most needed, getting the ball to the official quickly after his receptions as the clock wore down, letting the Bills get those few extra seconds that were certainly needed. Jackson showed up last week when Spiller was struggling and again this week when he was called upon. I know Spiller is the team’s feature back, but Fred Jackson brings that extra flavor to the game. Its comparable to eating a fresh ear of corn grown right here in WNY, but it is so much better with that extra pat of butter, that is Fred Jackson to CJ Spiller and this team.

  31. rjkilla says: Sep 15, 2013 7:26 PM

    Bye bye Ron

  32. fdugrad says: Sep 15, 2013 7:41 PM

    thundastormz: You know, when one looks at it in the light you articulated, I suppose it IS stunning! I appreciate your explanation and insight. You have converted me to your way of thinking. I imagine it must be frustrating to root for any team that lets a fan down time after time. It must be rather like Lucy continually pulling the ball out from under Charlie Brown, as he attempts, yet again to run up and kick it. AAHHHH!!

  33. keepyerstickontheice says: Sep 15, 2013 9:06 PM

    “The Panthers kept letting the Bills hang around”

    or, if you’re the glass-is-half-full kind,

    “The Bills defense kept the team in the game”

  34. chazatlas says: Sep 15, 2013 9:11 PM

    I gave Rivera the benefit of the doubt, no more. Time for an offensive minded coach. I nominate Norv Turner or Clemson O.C. Chad Morris.

  35. chazatlas says: Sep 15, 2013 9:14 PM

    How many times can you run DeAngelo Williams for 2 yards before you adjust?

  36. happywolverine says: Sep 15, 2013 9:27 PM

    fdugrad are you ok in the head? Self absorbed much?

    Headline: Bills come back for stunning win over Panthers

    It’s pretty clear in its reference to the stunning Bills win not the Panther’s loss.

    To the victor the spoils. Panthers are the vanquished. Step off

  37. ficklebystander says: Sep 15, 2013 9:46 PM

    I’m thinking more and more this is an ownership issue. We were having these same conversations about John Fox not too long ago and he seems to be doing fairly well for himself now that he’s gone.

  38. billsfan1 says: Sep 15, 2013 10:58 PM

    Welcome to our world….we have spent 13 years losing this game so it is nice for once to win it..

    in other news, it feels good to fell like we may have a qb who can play in this league.

  39. selbyrj82 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:44 PM

    All the word police on here need to relax. I think it’s pretty clear the headline is not indicating the Panthers losing nor the Bills winning is stunning. These are two teams who finished with double digit losses last season and this game had a 3 point spread- neither team winning or losing was going to stun anyone. For anybody who saw the ending of this game, you should realize its obvious that was what was stunning. A rookie QB leading his team down an 80 yard march with no timeouts to pull off a win in a game in which they trailed for almost the entire time- that’s the stunning apart.

    Stop overanalyzing the semantics.

  40. caspius1 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:08 AM

    I have to say it is great to see EJ Manuel play. It is very different type of feel then watching Fitzpatrick. When Buffalo got Fitspatrick and he was doing good I was still skeptical. I do not get that feeling with EJ Manuel at all. I think he is going to be a great QB for this Franchise. So much better then JP Losethegame

  41. jgedgar70 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:34 AM

    ficklebystander says:
    Sep 15, 2013 9:46 PM
    I’m thinking more and more this is an ownership issue. We were having these same conversations about John Fox not too long ago and he seems to be doing fairly well for himself now that he’s gone.
    _____
    You think havin Peyton Manning might be making Fox look good? Witout him,Fox went 9-9 in Denver.

  42. jgedgar70 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:42 AM

    fdugrad says:
    Sep 15, 2013 7:08 PM
    I continue waiting for SOMEONE to explain to me what is STUNNING, in ANY sense of the word OR its usage, about a Panther loss REGARDLESS the QB, HC, Offensive Coordinator, the opposition, the excuse, etc., etc.? I am not wondering how many folks agree with me I am curious to understand from ANYONE simply, what is STUNNING about this team losing?
    ______
    It is stunning in that the Panthers were in the lead for a majority of the game, were up 6 with less than 2 minutes left and 80 yards to go for Buffalo, and that Buffalo won with 2 seconds left. From the perspective of someone who was watching some other game, seeing the scores on the crawler and the Panthers were winning the whole 4th quarter, then you see “Carolina 23, Buffalo 24 FINAL,” that is pretty stunning. Now for those of us who are Panthers fans and have watched them go 2-14 in 1-score games, it wasn’t stunning at all.

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