Buffalo Bills Television Network:
WKBW (Ch. 7-Buffalo); CityTV (Toronto); WHAM-13 (Rochester);
WTVH (Ch. 5 - Syracuse); WSEE (Ch. 35 - Erie, Pa.)
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Ray Bentley
COLOR ANALYST: Steve Tasker
SIDELINE REPORTER: Mike Catalana
Indianapolis Colts Television Network:
Indianapolis: WTTV 4 (CW); South Bend: WBND (ABC 57); Louisville: WMYO (MY)
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Don Fischer
COLOR ANALYST: Mark Herrman
SIDELINE REPORTER: Jeffrey Gorman
Buffalo Bills Radio Network
PLAY-BY-PLAY: John Murphy (24th year, 7th as play-by-play)
COLOR ANALYST: Mark Kelso (5th year)
SIDELINE REPORTER: Rich Gaenzler (10th year; 2nd year as sideline)
Between the 14-1 Colts resting up for their playoff opener and the league-high 20 Bills on injured reserve, the 2009 season finale looked for all the world like a preseason game. Well, except for the near-whiteout conditions and subzero wind chill. Don’t see too much of that in August.
But while the Colts reserves spun their tires after Peyton Manning and company retreated safely to the sideline, the weather didn’t seem to bother Fred Jackson. Needing 150 yards to break the 1,000-yard barrier, the Bills running back got them and then some, slipping and sliding to 212 yards on 33 carries and adding a touchdown catch from Ryan Fitzpatrick. The total was the seventh-highest in team history, with only players named Simpson (four times), Gilchrist, and Thomas ahead of him on the list. Pretty good company, eh?
“I have to give all the props to my teammates,” Jackson said afterward. “The offensive line did a great job of blocking today. Lee and T.O. did a great job of getting on safeties. They wanted it as bad as I did, so not only for myself but to get it for those guys (is big).”
“We were going to do whatever it took to get him 1,000 … the guys up front played great,” interim head coach Perry Fewell added.
“All year Fred hasn’t gotten the national attention, but the effort he plays with – you guys see it every week – he’s such a good football player. I don’t think there are a ton of people who give him the respect he deserves, but he’s been amazing for us this year.”