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Buffalo Bills News - December 9, 2002

Marker Hayes catches up to his teammates [5:26 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'After he caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady with 3:14 remaining in the first quarter on a well-designed fade pattern, Donald Hayes threw the ball way up into the end zone stands.'

Marker Nice middle management [5:25 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Middle linebacker Ted Johnson was quite successful in stuffing the center of the field and turning Henry toward the outside. The Patriots were able to keep Henry in check with their outside linebackers and safeties, but as the game progressed and the Bills needed to throw, Henry wasn't used as often.'

Marker Timely plays by the ageless Smith [5:24 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'A sign of the times: Several cars were spotted on Route 95 bearing both Patriots and Bills flags.'

Marker Pats bowl over Bledsoe [5:23 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '"Maybe he wanted it too bad."'

Marker Romeo's `D' dynamic [5:22 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Another terrific game plan in yesterday's emphatic 27-17 victory over Drew Bledsoe and the Bills: innovative and complex but not confusing to the players.'

Marker Timing perfect for Jones' interception [5:21 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``But (Bledsoe) wasn't pressing. He was just following their game plan, and we came out good, and we were able to stop it,'' Jones said. ``I played with him for four years, and other guys have played with him for more than that. So we had a little edge. We relied on the guys up front to put pressure on him, and wherever he turned, we went.'''

Marker Seymour picks his spot [5:20 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``We knew that Drew would hold the ball, and because of that we could put pressure on him,'' said Seymour. ``A lot of that was due to the fact that our defensive backs did a good job. No quarterback likes you in their face.'''

Marker Smith supplies momentum shift [5:19 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``You kind of get up a little bit, maybe, against your old team,'' said Smith, who played four seasons with the Bills before signing with the Pats last year. ``But this is an important time of the year. We're making a push to get into the playoffs, and I think I'm going to be an important part of that.'''

Marker Otis uses age-old tactics [5:18 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The Patriots defense forced five turnovers and Smith was responsible for one of them. Smith noticed on a sideline route that Price was acting careless with the football, then put the knowledge to use.'

Marker Success goes to successor [5:17 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'That's because there was no comparison. It was Brady in a landslide. Once again.'

Marker `D' turns over new leaf [5:16 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``It makes life a whole lot easier,'' said cornerback Otis Smith, who created the game's killer turnover when he ripped a ball from Peerless Price's hands in the fourth quarter, a literal takeaway.'

Marker Bledsoe takes the blame [5:15 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Statistically it might have been the worst performance of Bledsoe's Buffalo tenure, but practically speaking it was even worse: Not only did the Bills continue a season-long habit of shooting themselves in the foot, but yesterday it was the veteran quarterback who did most of the shooting.'

Marker The long arm of the Law [5:14 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``Ty Law looks like he's having another spectacular year,'' said Bledsoe.'

Marker Picks aid the pick [5:13 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'One interception, two, three interceptions, four.'

Marker Costly flags fly in Foxboro [5:12 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The Pats had three touchdowns taken off the board because of penalties in their 27-17 win over Buffalo yesterday at Gillette Stadium.'

Marker Belichick's game plan suffocates former QB [5:11 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'And right now, Belichick is a size-12 boot, Bledsoe an ant.'

Marker Warm welcome not enough for Bledsoe win [5:10 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'He may have shipped Bledsoe off to Buffalo, but Belichick has kept him in his back pocket all along.'

Marker CB Smith strips Bills of victory [5:09 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'Smith said he partially jarred the ball loose from Price in the first quarter, so "I figured if he gets his hands on it again, if I was in position to tackle him, to try it again. It turned the game around totally. Turnovers were a big difference today."'

Marker Executing the same game plan [5:08 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Yesterday, in his first visit to Foxboro as a member of the Buffalo Bills, former franchise quarterback Drew Bledsoe fell flat. He threw interceptions early. He threw them late. He threw four altogether and did nothing to diminish the perception earned in New England of being a quarterback that gags when stakes are raised and expectations peak.'

Marker Right from the start, Bledsoe was finished [5:07 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'While he completed 32 passes and threw for two touchdowns, Bledsoe's errant tosses were the story of the day. He flipped four interceptions, one coming at the Pats' 1-yard line and two others ending any hope of a fourth-quarter rally.'

Marker An early Christmas for Seymour [5:06 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"I wanted to make a play on it, but I didn't think the ball was going to come down," said Seymour of his reaction to seeing the ball headed his way. "But I got it. I've been hanging around the receivers," he said with a grin.'

Marker Jones's end-zone interception was scripted [5:05 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The play that changed the game for good, the end-zone interception by Tebucky Jones in the second quarter, was just like they drew it up.'

Marker Brady misses chance to show off his footwork [5:04 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Brady misfired a few times in the first half, but still wound up completing 11-of-16 passes for 161 yards and a pair of touchdowns.'

Marker Bledsoe trade keeps paying off for Pats, fans [5:03 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'It was a dumb throw. Which made the Patriots look smart.'

Marker Big bruiser Smith delivering for Pats [5:02 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'This was the first time in four games against his former team that Smith hasn't topped 100 yards. But he still knows he made his carries count.'

Marker Two-minute drill [5:01 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The Patriots picked off four Drew Bledsoe passes but the biggest turnover they forced was the fumble by Peerless Price early in the fourth quarter, when the Bills had already scored twice and were embarking on their third drive of the second half. The Pats recovered on the Buffalo 28, and their subsequent touchdown put them back in charge at 27-10.'

Marker Can't Go Home Again [5:00 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Bledsoe? He was alone to stew in his frustration, and maybe even a bit of self-doubt, after throwing four interceptions, three of them into the jagged teeth of a Patriots defense that repeatedly shredded his overeager bid to rescue his team from a 17-0 second-quarter deficit. Just the way coach Bill Belichick planned it when he traded Bledsoe to the Bills in April for a No.1 draft choice.'

Marker Interception Marks Seymour's Surge [4:59 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Seymour caught the deflection on the Bills 15, and was tackled at the 9. Two plays later, the Patriots scored to take a 17-0 lead on their way to a 27-17 victory over Bledsoe's Bills.'

Marker He's Oh, So Predictable [4:58 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: '"Every game I've ever played, I've taken personally," Bledsoe said. "And this one, more than most. The turnovers I had fall heavily on my shoulders." We've heard that one before, and the solace for Patriots fans is to be found in two words. Tom Brady.'

Marker Bledsoe bombs in return [4:57 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: ' If Drew Bledsoe was frustrated by how Bill Belichick treated him last season, then he must really be beside himself over the way he has been treated this season.'

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