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Buffalo Bills News - September 16, 2002

Marker Bills-Vikings game highest-rated in Buffalo [4:45 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Through their first two games of the season — both of which have gone to overtime — ratings for the Bills are up 23 percent from a season ago, 36.1 this year versus a 29.4 in 2001.'

Marker Levy's Week 2 snapshot [3:36 PM] reports: 'Those last-second field goals ... I think the kicker has to concentrate on what he has to do. I think Mike Hollis has kicked them that far before. The pluses are: He's indoors, there's no wind, it's off a smooth artificial turf … but it's still a long shot. As a coach, not much goes through my mind. It would be something you would have to do; you have no other choice. A 54-yarder is potentially makeable; it's certainly more of a percentage play than trying to go for a touchdown -- it would have had to have been a "Hail Mary."'

Marker Bledsoe Ball Headed To Hall of Fame [3:20 PM] reports: The Pro Football Hall of Fame has requested and will receive a football from Sunday's thrilling Bills-Vikings game in Minnesota. More...

Marker Bills45, Vikings 39 (Photo Gallery) [1:44 PM] reports: Photos from Sunday's win over the Vikings.

Marker Back-to-back wins is real super sign [1:23 PM]
Denver Post reports: 'The Broncos probably would accept being 13-0 this season. Or even 6-0. A 3-0 record is quite possible, with a home game Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills won Sunday afternoon, but the victory was in overtime and in Minnesota, and the Bills had to fly all the way back to Niagara Falls, then will turn around in a few days and fly all the way back to the Rocky. Pity the poor Bills their fate.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Geography [1:18 PM] reports: Buffalo Bills Geography is an educational program that integrates geography, language arts and math using the excitement of the NFL and the Buffalo Bills.

Marker Fans waited for this game [1:12 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Since the Bills acquired kick-returner Charlie Rogers from the Houston Texans for linebacker Jay Foreman, you had to wonder what the fuss was about. Rogers’ performance of kickoffs and punts had been decidedly underwhelming early this season. But when the Bills needed it most, Rogers made what may be remembered as a season-saving play.'

Marker 5th Down: An Arsenal Revealed [10:24 AM] reports: Let's cut straight to the point: How much does this win mean for the Buffalo Bills? London Fletcher thinks he knows.

Marker Bills defeat Vikings in OT (Video Highlights) [9:41 AM] reports: Mike Hollis' 54-yard field goal forced overtime and Peerless Price's 48-yard touchdown catch in the extended period won it.

Marker Bills finally get their kicks [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It has been a long time since the Bills' locker room was so wildly jubilant.'

Marker Defense makes Vikings pay price [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yet when the game was on the line in overtime, the Bills' defenders found enough reserves in the tank to stop the Vikings' dynamic duos.'

Marker Bledsoe's day to remember awes teammates [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He comes back to the huddle with a staple in his neck," Centers said after the Bills' 45-39 triumph in the Metrodome. "A staple! A piece of metal holding a cut together. His lip is bleeding. I think he got hit and it bent his helmet somehow. But he comes back to the huddle, and he's standing in front of 10 guys, bleeding, with a staple in his neck, and he's calling the plays, saying, "Let's go,' and trying to get everybody else going."'

Marker Hollis not happy about miss [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That was hard to accept," Hollis said. "I think I got a little lazy on the kick. I tried to take a little off. I didn't want to hit it real hard, I just wanted to make sure I made it and I ended up hooking it."'

Marker Bills Win In Overtime [9:09 AM] reports: Fourth-year wide receiver Peerless Price hauled in a 48-yard touchdown from quarterback Drew Bledsoe with 4:48 left in overtime as the Bills rallied for a 45-39 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

Marker Monday Billboard [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Player of the Game: Bledsoe. Now you know why you were so pumped when they signed the guy. He completed 35 of 49 passes for 463 yards, breaking the franchise record.'

Marker Kicking themselves [7:52 AM]
St. Cloud Times reports: '"The game was there for the taking," Tice said. "But we made too many mistakes. When you miss one PAT, you don't usually recover. When you miss two PATs, I don't think anyone recovers."'

Marker Moe's gains obscured by loss [7:52 AM]
St. Cloud Times reports: 'Williams ran for 102 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries, a 6.0 yards-per-carry average.'

Marker Vikings set to give Brien the boot [7:51 AM]
St. Cloud Times reports: '"I'm not going to quit," Brien said. "I never have in my whole life and I'm not going to start today."'

Marker Vikings trip on kicker's faulty foot [7:50 AM]
Duluth News Tribune reports: 'Still, Brien's ineptitude was just the most glaring Vikings weakness on display Sunday. Besides the five points he cost the team, the Vikings gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown, allowed the Bills to score on a recovered fumble in the end zone (one of four fumbles for suddenly turnover-prone quarterback Daunte Culpepper) and had a touchdown pass to Randy Moss nullified by a holding penalty on running back Michael Bennett.'

Marker Minnesota has a long road ahead [7:49 AM]
Fargo Forum reports: '“You can’t miss PATs in this league and we missed two PATs,” Tice said.'

Marker Bledsoe gets best of Vikes once again [7:48 AM]
Fargo Forum reports: '“I was just telling my offensive line, ‘I’ll go to war with you guys anytime,’ if you can pass that many times and do the job as well as they did,” Bledsoe said. “I am proud to play with those guys. It was a team victory and it took everything we had - defense, offense and special teams. Hopefully this is a step in the right direction and we can start winning some games.”'

Marker Bledsoe's first win for Bills: Priceless [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: '"The guys came together, they stood up as a team. They lose as a team and they win as a team and today we won because everybody contributed."'

Marker Offense lets it rip in wild slugfest [5:37 AM]
D and C reports: 'If you're wondering just how good Drew was at crunch time, he completed 19 of 24 passes for 266 yards and 2 scores in the fourth quarter and overtime.'

Marker Defense was the key for Bills [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'While the blizzard of offensive statistics -- led by Drew Bledsoe's team-record 463 passing yards -- were certainly impressive, this game ultimately came down to the two Minnesota possessions in overtime when the high-powered Vikings failed to make a first down. Six plays, 13 yards, two punts.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Report Card [5:35 AM]
D and C reports: 'Drew Bledsoe's etched his name in the record books with a 463-yard, 3-TD passing day, but his biggest play may have been falling on Travis Henry's fumble at the Vikings' 1-yard-line on a key TD drive in the fourth quarter. The freon was running through his veins at crunch time and completely torched Vikings' secondary. A+'

Marker Misses expected to cost Brien kicking job [5:32 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'In any event, that means Brien, who had missed only three PATs in 228 attempts in his eight-plus seasons before this, would leave the team having missed two of his last five.'

Marker Kicker cost Vikings this game [5:31 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'But this loss was the result of a kicker named Mike Hollis doing his job and winning the game for Buffalo and a kicker named Doug Brien losing the game for the Vikings by missing two extra points.'

Marker Vikings notebook [5:30 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'The Vikings allowed the Bills to gain 260 yards in the fourth quarter and in overtime.'

Marker The Randy ratio [5:29 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Vikings coach Mike Tice has vowed to throw to Randy Moss on 40 percent of the Vikings' passes this season. A look at how the plan played out in Game 2...'.

Marker Who's to blame for the Vikings' loss against the Bills? [5:29 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Drew Bledsoe, darn that Bill.'

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