Bills Win In Overtime [9:09 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Fourth-year wide receiver Peerless Price hauled in a 48-yard touchdown from quarterback Drew Bledsoe with 4:48 left in overtime as the Bills rallied for a 45-39 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
Monday Billboard [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Player of the Game: Bledsoe. Now you know why you were so pumped when they signed the guy. He completed 35 of 49 passes for 463 yards, breaking the franchise record.'
Kicking themselves [7:52 AM]
St. Cloud Times reports: '"The game was there for the taking," Tice said. "But we made too many mistakes. When you miss one PAT, you don't usually recover. When you miss two PATs, I don't think anyone recovers."'
Moe's gains obscured by loss [7:52 AM]
St. Cloud Times reports: 'Williams ran for 102 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries, a 6.0 yards-per-carry average.'
Vikings set to give Brien the boot [7:51 AM]
St. Cloud Times reports: '"I'm not going to quit," Brien said. "I never have in my whole life and I'm not going to start today."'
Vikings trip on kicker's faulty foot [7:50 AM]
Duluth News Tribune reports: 'Still, Brien's ineptitude was just the most glaring Vikings weakness on display Sunday. Besides the five points he cost the team, the Vikings gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown, allowed the Bills to score on a recovered fumble in the end zone (one of four fumbles for suddenly turnover-prone quarterback Daunte Culpepper) and had a touchdown pass to Randy Moss nullified by a holding penalty on running back Michael Bennett.'
Minnesota has a long road ahead [7:49 AM]
Fargo Forum reports: '“You can’t miss PATs in this league and we missed two PATs,” Tice said.'
Bledsoe gets best of Vikes once again [7:48 AM]
Fargo Forum reports: '“I was just telling my offensive line, ‘I’ll go to war with you guys anytime,’ if you can pass that many times and do the job as well as they did,” Bledsoe said. “I am proud to play with those guys. It was a team victory and it took everything we had - defense, offense and special teams. Hopefully this is a step in the right direction and we can start winning some games.”'
Bledsoe's first win for Bills: Priceless [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: '"The guys came together, they stood up as a team. They lose as a team and they win as a team and today we won because everybody contributed."'
Offense lets it rip in wild slugfest [5:37 AM]
D and C reports: 'If you're wondering just how good Drew was at crunch time, he completed 19 of 24 passes for 266 yards and 2 scores in the fourth quarter and overtime.'
Defense was the key for Bills [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'While the blizzard of offensive statistics -- led by Drew Bledsoe's team-record 463 passing yards -- were certainly impressive, this game ultimately came down to the two Minnesota possessions in overtime when the high-powered Vikings failed to make a first down. Six plays, 13 yards, two punts.'
Buffalo Bills Report Card [5:35 AM]
D and C reports: 'Drew Bledsoe's etched his name in the record books with a 463-yard, 3-TD passing day, but his biggest play may have been falling on Travis Henry's fumble at the Vikings' 1-yard-line on a key TD drive in the fourth quarter. The freon was running through his veins at crunch time and completely torched Vikings' secondary. A+'
Misses expected to cost Brien kicking job [5:32 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'In any event, that means Brien, who had missed only three PATs in 228 attempts in his eight-plus seasons before this, would leave the team having missed two of his last five.'
Kicker cost Vikings this game [5:31 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'But this loss was the result of a kicker named Mike Hollis doing his job and winning the game for Buffalo and a kicker named Doug Brien losing the game for the Vikings by missing two extra points.'
Vikings notebook [5:30 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'The Vikings allowed the Bills to gain 260 yards in the fourth quarter and in overtime.'
The Randy ratio [5:29 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Vikings coach Mike Tice has vowed to throw to Randy Moss on 40 percent of the Vikings' passes this season. A look at how the plan played out in Game 2...'.
Who's to blame for the Vikings' loss against the Bills? [5:29 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Drew Bledsoe, darn that Bill.'
Vikings can't finish [5:28 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'The game had so many highlights, twists and turns that even the players had difficulty keeping up.'
Bledsoe at his best under pressure [5:27 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: '"He gave a special performance," Buffalo coach Gregg Williams said of Bledsoe. "He was really cool all game. The other guys were feeding off him."'
The Vikings' defense is learning about the fine line between victory and defeat [5:26 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: '"They had their moments and made the plays when they had to,'' Vikings cornerback Corey Chavous said. "It was one of those games that you play in when both teams are in desperate need of a victory. We battled for five quarters, but they made the plays that made the difference."'
Williams' rushing effort wasted [5:25 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'Lost in the misery was that for the second consecutive week the Vikings ran the ball effectively. Williams led the way with 102 of the team's 213 yards on the ground.'
Culpepper blames self - again [5:24 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'Culpepper fumbled four times, losing the ball three times and costing his team 13 points.'
Brien deserves blame, but so do others [5:23 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'While the blame for the loss starts with Brien, there was plenty to spread around.'
Brien's exit appears near [5:22 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: '"Who misses two PATs in a game? High school kickers make those," Brien said earlier. "I'm just so disgusted with myself, I'm not even worried about (the possibility of being released)."'
Extra points [5:22 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'Members of the Vikings' secondary still might be smoldering from the torching they received from Buffalo's Peerless Price.'
The skinny [5:20 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'Worst uniform: Buffalo. Boys, the Arena League is a spring league.'
Flush with Bledsoe infusion [5:19 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''With Drew,'' said Price, `if you're down, 40-0, you believe you can win.'''
Mike Doser: Reliving the biggest play of the day [12:17 AM]
Shout! reports: It was the second week in a row, the Bills drew up a clutch play on the spot to take advantage of something they saw in the defense. It was a witty piece of play-calling on Bledsoe and OC Kevin Gilbride's part. Of course, Bledsoe and Price had to execute it to perfection.
Bledsoe makes his mark with Bills [11:52 PM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Drew Bledsoe threw for 463 yards in Buffalo's 45-39 overtime victory over the Vikings on Sunday, shattering the franchise record for passing yards in a game. Vikings fans might remember a game eight years ago, when Bledsoe brought the Patriots back from a 20-0 deficit on the way to a 26-20 overtime victory. He threw 70 passes in that game, completing 45 of them.'
Culpepper takes some blame again [11:51 PM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Culpepper was under pressure much of the day. Culpepper was sacked five times. Three of those times he fumbled. And those three fumbles led to 13 Buffalo points, including one that was recovered in the end zone for a fourth-quarter Bills TD. "They did a good job of getting to me," Culpepper said. "That's a part of the game. I don't care if guys come and hit me, I have to be able to bounce back, stay in there, stand tough and tall. . . . I just have to hold on to the ball. If I get hit from the back? So what. I have to hold onto the ball."
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