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Buffalo Bills News - December 3, 2001

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."'

Marker 49ers' Bronson is calm, collected -- and dangerous [8:28 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'Who knows what heroics Bronson will perform in tonight's contest against the Buffalo Bills?'

Marker 49ers (8-2) vs. Bills (1-9) [8:27 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'Bills coach Gregg Williams imported his aggressive defensive scheme from the Titans. It's a style the 49ers have rarely faced. To counter, the 49ers probably stick with what they do best -- attack teams with a good balance of run and pass.'

Marker 49ers wary of struggling Bills [8:25 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: '"They're young and improving, a lot like our team," Coach Steve Mariucci said. "They have a handful of real good players and a lot of the youngsters are starting to catch up fast."'

Marker Winborn gets greater look as 49ers try to rev up linebackers [8:24 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: '"He's a young pup," linebackers coach Richard Smith said. "Every day is a learning process for him, but he's a good athlete and it's ridiculous for him to be sitting there on the sidelines."'

Marker 49ers' keys to the game [8:22 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: 'Jeff Garcia could have a field day even without sore-footed wide receiver Terrell Owens. Bills opponents have completed more than 65 percent of their pass attempts.'

Marker 49ers-Bills key matchups [8:21 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: 'With running back Kevan Barlow expected to miss the game because of a shoulder injury, the 49ers will rely on Hearst more than usual. He seems up to the task. In the past three games, he has rushed for 343 yards and two touchdowns. One of the Bills standing in the way is Foreman, a top run-stopper.'

Marker Full-time coach, part-time psychologist [8:20 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: 'Being a successful head coach in today's NFL isn't about strategy so much as it's about managing personalities and massaging egos. It's about knowing when to confront a player and when it's best to let things slide. Most of all, it's about knowing what to say when 53 sets of ears are listening.'

Marker Family comes first for 49ers' Lewis [8:19 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: 'Lewis is sidelined with a groin injury he suffered in the Sept. 9 season opener. But he remains an active spokesman for the California Transplant Donor Network, which will have a booth set up outside 3Com Park from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. so fans can fill out organ donor cards, and in return, receive a Jonas Lewis trading card.'

Marker Three keys to the game [8:18 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: 'The Bills, losers of five in a row, need a few breaks to go their way. Four of their past six losses have been by seven or fewer points.'

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