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Buffalo Bills News - December 10, 2001

Marker Panthers still trying to find way to win [1:44 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'They've heard this song before.'

Marker Bills end eight-game home losing streak [1:43 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Travis Henry's 40-yard effort on a screen pass, preceding the Bills first field goal was the longest reception of the rookie running back's career. He also finished with 101 yards on 27 carries and became the first Bills' running back to have two 100-yard games in his rookie year.'

Marker Patriots in driving seat but weary of Buffalo [12:19 PM]
AP reports: '"We're definitely in the driver's seat as far as being in the playoffs", said WR Troy Brown, the 198th player drafted in 1993, but "Buffalo bothers me a lot. They've lost some close games."'

Marker Crowd (44,549) lowest since 41,231 attended 12/14/1997 game against Jacksonville [12:04 PM]
AP reports: The Buffalo Bills played before their smallest home crowd in four years, but rookie Travis Henry and Alex Van Pelt staged a comeback worth watching.

"We were in a regular zone coverage and I dropped back and Nate made a great play on the ball, tipped it up in the air. I just ran under it," Spoon said. "I saw daylight ahead of me. I just took off. I saw everybody clearing the offensive players out. If I didn't score, I was going to hear it for the rest of my career."

Marker Good coaches can keep bad teams happy by Marv Levy [11:13 AM] reports: I witnessed a battle between two teams with two wins between them today (Carolina at Buffalo). I do think there is an approach to coaching teams who are out of the playoff race. Despite the great difficulties some of these teams have had, especially 0-12 Detroit, they've struggled, they've fought game after game, and the biggest thing these kinds of teams lack is confidence. Confidence comes from winning.

The best example a coach can set is by his own personal work ethic -- not by lashing out or by finding fault. These coaches should continue to try to find a solution, continue to work at getting better in the fundamentals of the game -- run, throw, block, tackle, catch, kick. Don't fall apart -- that's the best chance any coach has to salvage some victories in the final few games of the season.

Marker Brandon Spoon post-game comments [10:00 AM] reports: Among other comments:
On the win:
?It helps us out a lot and gives us momentum. Alex was saying in the locker room that if we finish up 6-10, we can feel good about ourselves for the fact that we can win our last games. I know coming into this game the expectations and morale were pretty low with the fans, media and everybody. If we can run the table, finish 6-10 and play some good, competitive football these last five weeks, then we can build on into next season. That is what the 49ers did last year. Hopefully, we will be able to build on and move on next season.?

Marker Phil Hansen post-game comments [9:59 AM] reports: Among other comments:
On the difference between the first and second half:
"Without looking at the film it is difficult to tell. It seemed as if they ran the same plays. We just executed better. It did seem as if the holes for them to run weren't as big as they were in the first half. It seemed like things clogged up more in the second half."

Marker Jay Riemersma post-game comments [9:58 AM] reports: Among other comments:
On the crowd support: "Hats off to all the fans that came out today. They have shown us great support over the years. This has been down year for them as well as for us. We are happy to win one for them."

Marker Eric Moulds post-game comments [9:56 AM] reports: Among other commenrs:
On the first home win of the season:
"It's good for us. It's been a long time coming. I want to thank God for us playing well as far as coming back in the second half. We played much better then we did in the first half. We played to win instead of just being in the game."

Marker Alex Van Pelt post-game comments [9:50 AM] reports: Among other comments:
On being more of a locker room presence:
"Probably, it is something that I feel comfortable doing."

Marker Gregg Williams post-game comments [9:47 AM] reports: Among other comments:
On hesitation on going for six at the end of the first half:
"No, there wasn't, especially with the opportunity to discuss this with Alex prior to the play. I had faith in him." Regarding the drive at the end of the half? "It gave us more momentum coming in at halftime. It was a catalyst that we talked about at halftime."

Marker George Seifert post-game comments [9:45 AM] reports: Among other comments:
"Buffalo played certainly very effectively in the second half and did a good job. The running back ran hard. They were able to get the ball to the tight end. Defensively they put the clamps on us and we weren't very dynamic."

Marker Bills rally to down Panthers [9:41 AM] reports: On the day where the Bills honored their former coach who taught a never-say-die attitude to his players, the current Bills pulled off a rally from an 18-point deficit to grab their second win of the season. Buffalo, who trailed 24-6 late in the second quarter, pulled out a 25-24 win over the Carolina Panthers in front of 44,549 fans and chilly conditions at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Marker Comeback a painkiller for Bills [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Finally. After six straight defeats . . . after 393 days without a win at home . . . the Bills had reason to smile in their locker room in Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Henry runs at chance to receive [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I got a chance to run the ball and catch it out of the backfield. Those are the things I want to get more of a chance to do."'

Marker Things could be finer for Carolina [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm really tired of answering the same questions every week after games," Steussie said.'

Marker Sheppard's hot seat cools off - for now [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In this season of transition, the Bills changed from a team that makes you want to shout to a team that makes you want to scream.'

Marker Win sits well in defense's stomach [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We rose up to the occasion, unlike the Miami game where we had some failure in the fourth quarter when the game was in our hands. This time, we sealed the deal."'

Marker Homecoming sweet for Hall of Famer Levy [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As for the state of the team he led to more wins than any coach in franchise history, Levy said he feels the fans' pain.'

Marker Monday billboard [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Player of the Game: Van Pelt and Spoon played big, but rookie running back Travis Henry rushed for over 100 yards for the second time.'

Marker 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.'

Marker Bills break losing skid [5:05 AM]
D and C reports: '"It was a good win," Williams said. "Any win is a good win."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker Bills report card [5:00 AM]
D and C reports: 'Rob Johnson even braved it by watching from the sideline.'

Marker `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."'

Marker 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."'

Marker Panthers in a word: Unforgettable [4:53 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Carolina is so good at being bad.'

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