Redemption arrives for Hackett [6:48 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '...Hackett's offense shined like never before in a 29-28 victory over the Colts, a victory that all but assured the Jets (9-5) of a playoff berth.'
Jets just getting by their opposition [6:47 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"The Jets are scrappy," Curtis Martin said in ESPN's slick pregame production. "We don't care if we win by one, we don't care if we win by 50. We just want to get it done."'
Testaverde is showing his worth [9:34 PM]
AP reports: '"I like it because the guys are having fun," Edwards said. "They are playing loose and having fun and that's how you have to play. You can't play tight. That's what I told them: 'You can't be tight; you just have to go play. Let it all hang out. Play football like you know how.'"'
Losing may be a winning move for Bills [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But be of good cheer: The reward could be the second overall selection in the 2002 draft.'
Brief rest is Bills' gift [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills will be back to work tomorrow, though, getting ready for their game against the New York Jets on Sunday in the Meadowlands. And then the harsh reality will hit them again.'
Bills' offense still sputtering [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'Guard Jerry Ostroski suffered a right knee contusion, meanwhile, and didn't sound positive about a quick recovery. It's the same leg he broke in training camp. Ostroski left the game in the second quarter. "When your knee is five times larger than it should be, you can only go so far," he said.'
Bills suffer another late meltdown [3:14 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'As always, after his team has been the victim of a penalty-fest, Williams made the lame contention, "that's not us." Excuse me, Gregg, but yes it is. In your first year as a head coach, I'm not exactly sure where you feel your team has established a reputation for not collecting penalties.But here's the reality. The Bills came into this week fourth-worst in the league in number of penalties and fifth-worst in yards penalized.'
Brotherly devotion evermore [3:12 PM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'These days Vinklarek is offensive line coach for the Bills, despite being a scrub even on his tiny high school team, despite never playing in college. He made it to the NFL last year after more than 20 years of coaching at every level from middle school on up - always as an assistant, never in the spotlight. After all those years he hasn't forgotten about his past.'
5th Down: Stocking stuffers [9:15 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Thatís exactly how Gregg Williams earned his first heading coach shot with the Bills nearly a year ago. His teams were good, and his leadership potential was evident. Cottrell and Williams are both hands-on coaches, otherwise known as teachers. Cottrellís approach to players is a little warmer than Williams, who prefers a tough, harder-edged style. But both coaches demand a lot from their athletes, and both have the respect of their players. Williams got his shot; now itís Cottrellís turn.'
Falcons crest against sagging Bills [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But once again, the Bills made such a long list of mistakes that they succeeded in losing the game every bit as much as the Falcons won it.'
Bryson opens eyes with huge day [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Travis Henry's sprained knee just got a whole lot better.'
Wrap it up: Bills' season has lasted long enough [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Every week, the Bills find ways to lose.'
Riemersma's nightmare: drops, flags, no catches [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You think you reach one low point in the season and then the next week you follow it up with something a little bit lower," Riemersma said.'
Monday billboard [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But there couldn't have been more than 30,000 fans in attendance, and a good number of those seemed to be transplants rooting for Buffalo.'
Airing it out [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Biggest passing days for a quarterback vs. Bills with date and yards..".
Bills given parting kick [6:00 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills allowed 487 yards of total offense to the Falcons, committed 12 penalties for 95 yards, Van Pelt's throwing was erratic, there were dropped passes, blown defensive assignments and coverages, lack of a pass rush, and some questionable coaching decisions.'
Players, coaches both to blame [5:59 AM]
D and C reports: 'The players made their share of blunders in this game, but the coaching staff did its part, too.'
Bills' Bryson shines in Atlanta before his hometown fan club [5:58 AM]
D and C reports: 'Hard-working relatives, friends and neighbors from Franklin, N.C., who made the two-hour trip to the Georgia Dome once they heard their native son would be starting at running back for the Buffalo Bills against the Atlanta Falcons.'
Report card [5:57 AM]
D and C reports: 'Coaching: Team was far from mentally sharp, committing 12 penalties, the most in 11 games. Decision to go for two points after going ahead 20-16 was the wrong one. Decision to squib kick the last kickoff also backfired. Decision to make Chris Chandler look like Dan Marino also a bad one. Add it up and it equals 2-12. F'
52-yard field goal does the trick for Falcons [5:56 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: '"At the coin toss, Chandler looked a little pale," said Bills defensive end Phil Hansen, whose team had just one sack. "He said, 'Hey, man, I'm sick; take it easy on me.' I laughed, and went back and told the whole defense to get after Chandler; he's sick. Then, he turns around and sets a record for yards."'
A feel-good kick for rookie Feely [5:55 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'The Bills elected to squib kick instead of kick deep after tying the score with 48 seconds left, so the Falcons started the last possession at their 43.'
Smith: 'I'll always be here supporting the Falcons' [5:53 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Sunday's dramatic win over the Buffalo Bills not only was the Falcons' final home game of the year, but also the final home game for Smith as team president.'
Unloved Chandler delivers his best day [5:52 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Chris Chandler is a good player who has remained unloved.'
Straight talk from the game [5:51 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'The Falcons converted nine of 14 third downs, and running back Rodney Thomas finally got a chance to pitch in and rushed for 41 yards, just enough to keep Buffalo honest.'
Five key questions ... and answers [5:50 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: '130: The number of rushing yards gained by Buffalo running back Shawn Bryson. Indianapolis' Dominic Rhodes gained 177 yards last week against the Falcons.'
Bucs, Ravens, Eagles on track; Falcons need help [5:49 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'The Falcons almost certainly need to win their final games against Miami and St. Louis, and for the Bucs to lose to Baltimore Saturday and Philadelphia next week. Even then, what the Saints and Giants do might still keep them home for the postseason.'
McCord records hit of the game [5:48 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'The officiating crew of referee Larry Nemmers had a bad day. They failed to nullify Buffalo's game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter, when the Bills were in an illegal formation and appeared to snap the ball after the play clock had run out.'
No place like home [5:45 AM]
Marietta Daily Journal reports: '"I just wanted a chance, just an opportunity," said Feely, who was a perfect 4-for-4 in field goal opportunities Sunday. "There's nothing else going through your mind when you're out there. You just want to be fundamentally sound."'
Chandler sparks victory [5:43 AM]
Augusta Chronicle reports: 'He completed 28 of 40 passes for a franchise-record 431 yards.'
Game Stats [10:04 PM]
NFL.com reports: Shawn Bryson: 16 attempts, 130 yards, 2 touchdowns.
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