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Buffalo Bills News - December 23, 2002

Marker Bills buffaloed [5:28 AM]
Green Bay News Chronicle reports: '"They were all over us," said Henry, who finished with 46 yards on 20 carries. "I thought we could run the ball on them from watching film, but they did a great job of containing the running game."'

Marker Tragedy sparks huge day by Holliday [5:27 AM]
Green Bay News Chronicle reports: 'Holliday had back-to-back sacks on the Bills' second possession of the fourth quarter - the latter resulting in a fumble that led to Green Bay's only touchdown of the afternoon. He sacked Bledsoe and forced another fumble - recovered by Buffalo - on its next possession, then added his fifth takedown and third forced fumble with 1:19 remaining after the Bills drove deep into Packers territory.'

Marker The Green stampede [5:26 AM]
Green Bay News Chronicle reports: 'With Green rushing for all but 3 of the Packers' 119 rushing yards, Green Bay exploited a woeful Bills' run defense that ranks 31st of 32 teams in rushing yards allowed per game (135.9) and a per-carry average of 4.5.'

Marker Favre chills out in frigid Lambeau [5:25 AM]
Green Bay News Chronicle reports: 'To illustrate just how badly the elements hampered the passing game on both sides, Favre, who was intercepted twice, finished with a shockingly low passer rating of 39.2 - just a tad behind the 41.3 rating compiled by Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Sharper pays price for interception return [5:24 AM]
Green Bay News Chronicle reports: '"There's no hindsight on that; he shouldn't have brought the ball out," Sherman lamented. "We never practice bringing the ball out that deep. It looked like he should have taken a knee. There's no hindsight there."'

Marker Buffalo bumped from playoff race [5:23 AM]
Green Bay News Chronicle reports: '"We had opportunities to make plays and we didn't make them. They had opportunities and made more plays than we did. It's not more complicated than that."'

Marker Inside the numbers [5:22 AM]
Green Bay News Chronicle reports: '20: Combined points the Packers have allowed in their three games thus far against AFC East foes.'

Marker Lambeau luck works wonders for the Packers [5:21 AM]
Appleton Post Crescent reports: 'Nobody may circle the wagons like the Buffalo Bills, but perhaps nobody circles the rabbits’ feet like the Green Bay Packers.'

Marker Even the Bills aren’t sure if Green fumbled [5:20 AM]
Appleton Post Crescent reports: 'It was unclear, even on television replays, whether Green managed to get control and complete the catch before the ball popped out. The play was whistled dead a few seconds after the ball hit the ground, meaning the Bills couldn’t challenge the call.'

Marker Sharper may play despite knee injury [5:19 AM]
Appleton Post Crescent reports: '“We were in the red zone and I saw that (wide receiver Eric) Moulds lined up on my side, so I stayed backside to help out the corner,” Sharper said though a spokesperson. “We had great coverage on the crossing route and Antuan was able to hit the ball as he came across. I turned back when I took my eyes of Moulds and I saw the ball coming right to me. I thought, ‘Man, this is a gift,’ and caught it. Then after that ... I don’t remember what happened.”'

Marker Holliday on ice [5:18 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'The Bills, their cup runneth over with individual talent on offense and still in the AFC playoff hunt, turned the ball over six times and could muster merely 185 yards, including 60 yards at the end.'

Marker Home, sweet home [5:17 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'How else do you explain fumbles being ruled incomplete passes, long passes being handled like molten rock and place-kicks bending in unthinkable angles inches away from becoming field goals?'

Marker Ferguson firmly grabs spot as No. 3 receiver [5:16 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'After watching Moses' erratic play, Bills general manager Tom Donahoe was asked if he'd be petrified entering the playoffs with him as a dual returner. "A little bit, but it's not my problem," Donahoe said. "He's got to make better decisions."'

Marker Defense stops 'em cold [5:15 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: '"Our DBs had great coverage going all day on those receivers," Hunt said. "I heard a lot talking from those (Buffalo) receivers, too, and they ignored it, stepped up, shut them down and made them eat these words."'

Marker Sharper's status still up in the air [5:14 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'Sharper sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee after returning an interception from 5 yards deep in the end zone. Instead of kneeling down and taking a touchback, Sharper took the ball out and paid the price when Buffalo fullback Larry Centers drove into the side of the safety's legs at the Packers' 14.'

Marker Williams puts it on the line [5:13 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'Price dropped one pass that could have been a game-breaker. It occurred in the third quarter with the Bills facing third and 12 on the Packers' 42-yard line. Bledsoe put it right in Price's hands, but he dropped it.'

Marker Packer Replay [5:12 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: '3.9 -- Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe's quarterback rating after the first half.'

Marker Packer Report [5:11 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'PLAY OF THE GAME: The Packers were ahead, 3-0, and driving for another score when running back Ahman Green was stripped of the ball and cornerback Nate Clements took off running with it in the open field. He probably would have scored if the play had not been ruled an incomplete pass. The officials blew the whistle because they thought Green never had control of the ball before defensive tackle Pat Williams reached in and poked the ball free. The Bills were unable to use instant replay to challenge the call because the whistle had blown. Bills coach Gregg Williams said the officials should have let it go and put the onus on Sherman to decide whether to review it. "That's what instant replay is for, to have that play ruled a fumble," Williams said. The Packers scored on the next play to take a 10-0 lead with 7 minutes 23 seconds to go.'

Marker Packer Perspective [5:10 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'Sacks are very important. We all know that third down is the most crucial down in this game. If you can get the quarterback on the ground on third down, then it's pretty safe to say you're going to get off the field. They're very important that way. In key situations, such as the situations where Vonnie had his sacks today, they were crucial. On third down, this is when Buffalo was trying to come back. These were crucial sacks. They just weren't run out of bounds, you're the closest man to him so you get a sack. These were sacks where in the time of need, they were coming up with the big play.'

Marker Hot and cold running banter fills tube [5:09 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'Buffalo began the game turning the ball over and ended the game turning the ball over. Wild it never became.'

Marker Defense never rests as Packers prevail [5:08 AM]
Wisconsin State Journal reports: '"I don't care what the weather conditions are, when you're able to shut out the Buffalo Bills with Bledsoe and Henry and Price and Moulds ... they did a fantastic job," Packers coach Mike Sherman said. "You lose Sharper, your best player, right there at the beginning of the game, obviously I can't say enough about the guys who stepped in."'

Marker Conservative approach nets desired result for Packers [5:07 AM]
Wisconsin State Journal reports: 'In fact, it's the only way to win games in Green Bay in December. You run, you stop the run and you win the turnover battle. Sunday, the Packers did all three.'

Marker It's a day of highs and lows for Holliday [5:06 AM]
Wisconsin State Journal reports: 'Only three of the Bills' 12 drives went for more than 17 yards.'

Marker Packers put a chill on hopes of Bills with 10-0 victory [5:05 AM]
USA Today reports: 'A win here would have kept Buffalo's wild-card scenario intact, given Miami's loss Saturday.'

Marker Playoffs do Lambeau leap to death [5:04 AM]
Shout! reports: 'Green Bay's offense and defense played better than Buffalo's. Certainly, the Bills' defense played well, holding the Packers to 223 total yards and just 104 yards passing. But it didn't force the six turnovers or six sacks that the Packers did.'

Marker Bills quotebook [5:03 AM]
Shout! reports: '"We needed to come up with one of those. Better throw, better catch, better route, whatever. But we needed to execute a few of those, take some people out around the line of scrimmage so that we can run the ball more effectively."'

Marker Holliday spirit [5:02 AM]
Packers Report reports: 'Besides the Driver TD, the offensive fireworks can be summed up in a sentence: There weren't any.'

Marker Sherman sez [5:01 AM]
Packers Report reports: 'On defense: "Both offenses were struggling and defenses had to step up and our defense rose to the occasion. I don't care what the weather conditions are, when you are able to shut out the Buffalo Bills with Bledsoe, and Henry, and Price, and Moulds and those receivers and tight ends, and Centers at fullback...this was as talented a group as we have faced this year."'

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December 22, 2002

Marker Packers 10, Bills 0 [4:28 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills gained just 53 yards in the first half and turned the ball over three times in Packers territory.'

Marker Green Bay 10, Buffalo 0 [4:27 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Holliday registered five sacks and forced two fumbles as the Green Bay Packers remained alive in the race for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a 10-0 victory over the Buffalo Bills, who were eliminated from postseason contention.'

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