Buffalo Bills fans are used to watching their team blow early leads, but consecutive fumbles on potentially game winning drives are a new twist in a hear-breaking 34-32 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The loss kills the Bills long shot playoffs hopes as they fall to 4-8 on the season.
The Bills jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead as CJ Spiller went 77 yards on the first drive to set up a score by EJ Manuel on a scramble. Fred Jackson then scored on the second possession for the two touchdown lead.
The Bills went up 17-7 on a Carpenter field goal before Atlanta rallied to tie the game at 17 before the half.
In the third quarter Atlanta had their way and went ahead 24-17, but the Bills refused to quit. Kiko Alonso recovered a Matt Ryan fumble and Fred Jackson scored a nifty move off the screen pass to tie the game at 24.
In the fourth quarter CJ Spiller made an electrifying 36 yard run to put Buffalo up 31-24. Then a key interference call on 3rd and long gave Atlanta a first and goal and they tied the game at 31 on a Steven Jackson run.
The Bills then appeared to be driving for a game winning field goal in the final 40 seconds when Stevie Johnson was stripped of the ball after making a catch at the Atlanta 30 yard line.
In overtime the Bills received the kickoff and on 2nd down EJ Manuel hit tight end Scott Chandler on the Falcons 45 yard line, but again a strip by the Falcons secondary and the fumble recovery was taken back to the Bills 47.
Atlanta then moved the ball to the Bills 17 and Matt Bryant kicked a 36 yard filed goal to clinch the win for the now 3-7 Falcons.
The Bills next go on the road to Tampa to take on the 3-9 Buccaneers.
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