Rare big defensive play leads to rarer Bills win [8:51 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'It was the sort of play the Buffalo Bills made far too infrequently through their first 11 games. And it launched them to their second win of the season. With Carolina ahead by 11 points with 5:50 left in the third quarter and facing a second-and-2 at their own 38-yard line, Bills cornerback Nate Clements deflected Panther quarterback Chris Weinke's pass away from intended receiver Donald Hayes and into the arms of rookie middle linebacker Brandon Spoon. "It was just a normal zone coverage," Spoon said. "Nate (Clements) did a great job and tipped the ball. I just caught it and took off. My teammates did a great job of clearing it out for me." Spoon finished his 44-yard jaunt to the end zone by cartwheeling past the final Carolina tackler. Travis Henry dove in from a yard out midway through the fourth quarter to complete Buffalo's rally from an 18-point first-half deficit. When Alex Van Pelt's third-down completion to Jay Riemersma with two minutes left sealed Buffalo's 25-24 win, the Bills were able to leave the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium to cheers, rather than boos or indifference.'
Bills break losing skid [5:05 AM]
D and C reports: '"It was a good win," Williams said. "Any win is a good win."'
A good win, period [5:04 AM]
D and C reports: '"Those same mistakes that we've been trying to correct for weeks, we'll see some of those again when we watch the film, but everything seems a lot smoother when you win one," tight end Jay Riemersma said as a smile crept across his face.'
Kiss high draft pick goodbye [5:03 AM]
D and C reports: 'Still, a team works hard at being as lousy as the Bills and to throw away five months of mistake-making just to be 2-10 seems like such a waste.'
Defense finally comes up big [5:02 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo shut out the Panthers in the second half and held them to 231 total yards. Without that effort -- accomplished by the way without the help of Pat Williams. who was hurt on the third play of the day -- the Bills would not have won.'
Levy can feel Williams' pain [5:01 AM]
D and C reports: '"Two things happen when you get older," said Levy, setting up one of his trademark jokes. "You forget things, and I can't remember what the other thing was."'
Bills report card [5:00 AM]
D and C reports: 'Rob Johnson even braved it by watching from the sideline.'
`Not very dynamic' Panthers drop to a new low in Buffalo [4:55 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: '"The problem here is that we haven't solved the problem," coach George Seifert said. "And it's been an ongoing problem."'
Buffalo's 1st-half drive changes game for Panthers [4:54 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: '"I'm so tired," Evans said. "You can't get used to losing. Each and every week it gets tougher and tougher to come in this locker room after the game and smile."'
Panthers in a word: Unforgettable [4:53 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Carolina is so good at being bad.'
Game Analysis [4:52 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Worst hospitality: Bills fans - One unidentified Panthers' fan got a faceful of milk from a Bills fan, and then the move was replayed on the scoreboard.'
Former Tar Heels LB keys comeback [4:51 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'He [Marv Levy] said it was only the second time he'd seen a game in Ralph Wilson Stadium since he retired following the 1997 season.'
Panthers lose another one [4:50 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: '"We gave them life when we should have just finished them off," Buckner said. "So now they're over in their locker room all happy, and we're here left here in our locker room to try and explain the same thing that we've been trying to explain for the last 12 weeks in a row."'
Second-quarter failure haunts Panthers [4:49 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: 'That was ridiculous to let a team go 70 yards in 30-something seconds. That's uncalled for. We are too good for that. I don't care what anybody says. An NFL team is too good to let another team do that. He should have been mad. He should have slapped all of us to get us right."'
Panthers Notebook [4:48 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: 'Brandon Spoon, the rookie linebacker with the Bills who played in college at North Carolina and is a native of Burlington, made one of the key plays of the game yesterday when he intercepted a Weinke pass in the third quarter and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown. It was the first interception of Spoon's young NFL career and he made sort of a nifty move to dive into the end zone for the touchdown, avoiding a would-be Carolina tackler.'
Panthers can't find a way to win [4:47 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: 'The Carolina Panthers proved Sunday that no lead is too big for their defense.'
Defense isn't getting it done [4:46 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: 'But the momentum of the game turned when Alex Van Pelt led his team 70 yards on four plays to cut Carolina’s lead to 24-13. Bills third-year wide receiver Peerless Price beat double coverage by cornerback Doug Evans and free safety Deon Grant to score with one second left in the half.'
Bills 25, Panthers 24 [6:47 PM]
AP reports: '"We could have laid down and said, 'We can't come back from this.' It's the Bills' tradition to circle the wagons and come back."'
Buffalo 25, Carolina 24 [6:47 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The Bills (2-10) won for the first time in seven home games this season and snapped a six-game losing streak overall.'
Panthers, Bills see a golden opportunity [9:39 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The last time the Bills lost all eight home games was back in 1984, when they were 1-12 en route to a 2-14 finish under coach Kay Stephenson.'
A positive air [9:38 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 43-year-old Williams had only streaks of gray when he was hired in February. Now his head is all shades of gray.'
Now it's time to grade the staff [9:37 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What the remaining six games will involve is the judging of Williams' staff.'
Williams could learn plenty about coaching from Marv's tenure [9:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams has been Captain Bligh, head-strong and, judging by the running critical commentary of his players, imperiled by the threat of mutiny.'
Decision 2002 [9:34 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Talk about the draft is getting louder with every Buffalo loss.'
Rams' Show outperforms Bills' K-gun offense [9:32 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the Rams' offensive numbers of the past three years eclipse almost all of the Bills' numbers.'
Are Lions, Panthers or Bills best of worst? [6:13 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'This year, the Lions are in a race -- and leading it -- for the No. 2 pick in next year's draft. The expansion Houston Texans get the top pick. The worst of the 31 established teams are in a backward race for No. 2. The Lions' 0-11 record gives them the lead, but there are two solid contenders -- Buffalo and Carolina each have one win.'
Bills, Panthers focused on win [5:54 AM]
D and C reports: 'Well-paying jobs are on the line. And the last anybody checked, nobody's gotten bored with driving Cadillac SUVs or paying for manicures for their poodles.'
'Sad Six' struggle along [5:53 AM]
D and C reports: 'This afternoon, two members of an exclusive club -- the Sad Six -- will square off at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'
Q & A with Alex Van Pelt [5:52 AM]
D and C reports: '[Q:] You've got the image as every man's player, Alex. But now that you've started three games in a row, can you still walk around Buffalo in anonymity? [A:] ''Yes and it's great. I'm not 6-4 and I don't stand out. I look like a normal guy. Not many people approach me, so going out in public, that's still easy to do. I was at the mall the other day, dinner, and the movies.'''
Panthers don't feel sorry for Bills [5:50 AM]
D and C reports: '"But you are what you are. And that's the honest truth. We're 1-11. That's what we are. They're 1-10. That's what they are."'
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