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Buffalo Bills News - December 3, 2001

Marker 49ers grind down Bills [8:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'San Francisco controlled the ball for almost 40 minutes in a 35-0 win over Buffalo Sunday night at 3Com Park, and gained a big victory in their quest to take the NFC West title after finishing 6-10 last season.'

Marker 5th Down: Searching for leaders [8:34 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'But there is one area of lacking that is worth talking about now: Leadership. By that, I mean leadership from players, not coaches. The current-day Bills have a few fine leaders-- Phil Hansen and Jerry Ostroski-- but this doesn't touch the Buffalo teams of the 90's. Is that a revelation? Not unless you've been watching nothing but curling for the last 10 years. But it is a point worth examining.'

Marker Niners take heavyweight look in shutting out Bills [8:12 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Larry Centers got his 750th career reception, but he also was Buffalo's leading rusher with 14 yards...'.

Marker Pouring it on [7:33 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: 'The 49ers kept possession for 39:48 and recorded five takeaways for the second consecutive week.'

Marker If this was Rams audition, 49ers must play even better [7:32 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: 'But let us paraphrase Vince Lombardi. Winning against Buffalo isn't everything -- it's the only thing that's barely more than something. If you know what we mean.'

Marker Mora's aggressive defensive plan quashes any notion of Bills upset [7:31 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: 'Van Pelt couldn't get his feet set, couldn't find his rhythm, often lost sight of defensive backs downfield and soon lost the confidence he built in 300-plus-yard passing performances against the Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins. He was sacked twice, hurried at least 10 times and repeatedly confused.'

Marker Weather problems leave 3Com half-full [7:30 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: 'Thousands of fans -- as many as 35,000, judging by the half-empty stadium -- were turned away from 3Com Park parking lots because several lots and access roads were blocked or flooded.'

Marker Game rewind [7:28 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: '2: First downs allowed by the 49ers' defense in the first 29 1/2 minutes.'

Marker St. Clair's number retired in ceremony [7:28 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: 'Add Buffalo Coach Gregg Williams to the growing list of admirers of quarterback Jeff Garcia.'

Marker 49ers ready for Rams [6:52 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'It appeared as if the 49ers were using the Bills as a warm-up to the Rams. Coaches decided to counter the Bills' fine receivers, Peerless Price and Eric Moulds, with man coverage and a bevy of blitzes early in the game.'

Marker S.F. still susceptible to St. Louis [6:51 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'Buffalo was tied for last in the league in turnover margin, and was fourth worst at giving up quarterback sacks. The 49ers, who forced just 16 turnovers in their first 10 games, got five last night, and they sacked Bills QB Alex Van Pelt twice.'

Marker S.F.'s shutout is muddied by soupy parking-lot mess [6:49 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'The 49ers announced last night's crowd at a standard 67,252, but at least 27,252 of those came to the park, saw that two of the stadium's five lots were two feet below sea level and turned around, enraged and conjugating inappropriate verbs in front of the kids as they slogged back to their homes.'

Marker 49ers notebook [6:48 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'Former 49ers safety Pierson Prioleau, who was released in training camp, resurfaced on the active roster for the first time with the Bills after getting picked up three weeks ago.'

Marker 49ers use Bills as momentum builders for next game [6:38 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: 'Said Plummer of his interceptions: "I think they're a gift from God."'

Marker It's easy to talk trash when it comes to Bills [6:36 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: 'If Garcia sounded like he was talking about tossing away trash, he wasn't exaggerating by much. The Bills were garbage.'

Marker Concerns on road to New Orleans [6:35 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: 'Their 35-0 victory over the eminently routable Buffalo Bills on Sunday night only confirmed what some of us have resisted believing the past three months. They're good. They're for real. Why, at 9-2 they're the best team in the Bay Area.'

Marker Streets finally makes way into end zone [6:34 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: 'Reynolds said the stadium features 20,000 parking spaces, and at least 2,000 of the 7,000 in the main lot were unavailable because of flooding.'

Marker Bills blanked by the Bay [6:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Thinking they could recapture some of their night-time magic and utilize the motivation that comes from playing in front of a nationwide audience, the Bills exuded confidence throughout the week that they could battle the 49ers evenly. They didn't.'

Marker Struggling Bills can take a lesson from 49ers [6:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'In a brutal season in which people's expectations have been lowered to just wanting to see glimmers of progress under new coach Gregg Williams, the Bills took a leap off the Golden Gate Bridge.'

Marker Bay Area paradise for DeHaven [6:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'In taking a 14-0 halftime lead, the 49ers outgained the Bills by 222-74, had a 14-4 edge in first downs, and Jeff Garcia completed 15 of 19 passes for 148 yards.'

Marker Report card [6:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'Secondary: A very long night against the NFL's fifth-ranked passing game. Garcia was 9 of 9 at one point and in the first half, and converted 6 of 7 third-down passes. A 17-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens against Antoine Winfield was a simple mismatch of size. Reserve Tai Streets beat safety Travares Tillman for a 23-yard score. F.'

Marker 49ers 35, Bills 0 [5:59 AM]
AP reports: '"Those guys up front are the keys to it all," said Hearst, who rushed for a score early in the second quarter. "Tonight, they just took control and smashed people."'

Marker San Francisco 35, Buffalo 0 [5:57 AM]
Sportsticker reports: '"We not only had trouble on defense, we had trouble converting on offense."'

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December 2, 2001

Marker Sweeter deal for Hearst is well worth the price [3:37 PM]
Sacramento Bee reports: 'Hearst is on pace for 235 carries and 1,242 yards this season, and he is improving weekly. The extra money that he will earn will cost the 49ers significantly against next year's salary cap. But the 49ers figure this kind of performance is worth it.'

Marker 49ers vs. Bills [3:36 PM]
Sacramento Bee reports: 'The 49ers' turnover ratio (+1 on the season) is mediocre. Buffalo has been much worse (-12).'

Marker Coast guard [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Niners have ranked among the top six in the NFL in offense 18 of the past 20 years.'

Marker Niners on top despite similarities with Bills [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Regardless of the outcome, the Bills can take some solace in the 49ers' turnaround. By following the same formula, a return to respectability could be around the corner.'

Marker Up the ladder [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'To the insiders, to those who play the game for a living, there might be no worse job in the NFL than being the No. 3 quarterback.'

Marker Answer to Bills quarterback puzzle depends on Van Pelt [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The view from here is that Van Pelt received the opportunity of his NFL career when Rob Johnson told the Buffalo media this week that his season is over as a result of his broken collarbone.'

Marker Bills remain a special team for coach Bruce DeHaven [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It was 13 years. I spent the greater part of my coaching career in Buffalo. It's something looking at those uniforms and hearing the name. A part of me will always be a Bill. It's a lot easier this year than last, of course."'

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