Bills' Johnson gives gutsy effort, but it's not enough [10:20 AM]
North County Times reports: 'Whatever perceptions lingered about Johnson ---- a laid-back Southern California boy ---- as too soft and injury-prone for the NFL should have been left on the Qualcomm Stadium turf Sunday, right next to the quarterback's sweat and blood.'
QBs make both teams look good [10:13 AM]
North County Times reports: 'While Buffalo and the Chargers played a corker of a football game here Sunday, nothing was decided between the two quarterbacks. If anything, it reinforced the decisions that each club made prior to the season. Buffalo was correct in keeping Rob Johnson. The Chargers are ecstatic that Doug Flutie is running the show here.'
Seau won't shuffle off against Buffalo [10:12 AM]
North County Times reports: 'Seau was on his game, collecting seven tackles, a sack and a pass defensed. He did much of it limping around like a guy with a rock in his shoe.'
Flutie finds a way to beat Bills [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Shaking off a foot injury and the effects of some vicious tackles, Johnson led Buffalo from a 10-point deficit to a 24-20 lead with 1:30 to play. Poor special teams play, a foolish penalty, Flutie and a blocked field goal ruined his big day.'
Bills' pain is super-sized [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It turns out Ralph Wilson called it last spring. Sunday's Buffalo Bills-San Diego Chargers game WAS like a Super Bowl. In fact, it was better than most Super Bowls. And it ended just like a Super Bowl for the Bills: It was a heartbreaker.'
Special teams beat again [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'First, it was Home Run Throwback. Now this. Oh, those Buffalo Bills' special teams.'
Johnson's valiant effort was not in vain [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's very disheartening," Johnson said. "Our guys battled. It seems ever since I've been here, the Bills really battle. Everyone fights. Nobody gives up. We didn't start off too well, but then we stepped it up. We pretty much dominated the rest of the game and unfortunately we didn't win. "If we play that way every game, you have to think we'll win a lot of games," he said. "And I think we will. We're coming together as a team."'
Wilson, Butler take same side of this story [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ralph Wilson and John Butler may not have much to say to each other, but they agreed on one thing Sunday - Sunday's contest between the Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers was one for the ages.'
Monday Billboard [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Player of the Game: Rob Johnson and Flutie. After all the buildup, it's only fitting that the two bitter rivals share it.'
Divided loyalties [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I like Doug Flutie. I think they should have kept him," said Chris Saville, 45, of Orchard Park. "But I'm rooting for Buffalo."'
Flutie pays old Bills [9:09 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'And what was he thinking when the Bills took a 24-20 lead on Travis Henry's 3-yard run with 90 seconds to play? "I was just thinking about Flutie," Wiley said. "That's why we got him here. That's why we're fortunate. That's the kind of situation he lives for. He makes people better all around him."'
Bench warmers get hot when it counts [9:08 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Sure, Doug Flutie scored the winning touchdown with 70 seconds remaining, but he was in that position only because of a 72-yard kickoff return seconds earlier by Ronney Jenkins. And that touchdown wouldn't have been enough to ward off an overtime period were it not for an even more unlikely hero than Jenkins -- Ed Ellis.'
Bolts believers in Flutie Tales [9:07 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Of course, Butler and Wilson did not play. Flutie and Johnson did. And they did not disappoint. Both played well, played with heart. If you want to say Johnson, who had the stronger numbers, played better, go ahead. The scoreboard says Flutie won.'
Johnson had super day running, passing [9:06 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'This was the irony of the afternoon for Johnson. As strongly as he played in what became a 27-24 San Diego triumph, he is aware that what he did is not apt to silence those in Buffalo, and they are many, who contend that the team acted unwisely when it determined to retain him rather than Flutie. "But I don't care," Johnson said. You don't care? "It's been three years," he said.'
Buffalo's Moorman could just kick self [9:04 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Both kickers in yesterday's Chargers-Bills game made tackles on kickoffs. San Diego's Wade Richey got a cheer. Buffalo's Brian Moorman got a penalty flag.'
Owning up to Bills' loss [9:03 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: '"This was no grudge match," Wilson said after the Chargers' 27-24 escape in Qualcomm Stadium. "It was a tremendous game."'
Flutie Races Off With Another Big Victory [7:16 AM]
Los Angeles Times reports: 'The game that started as a rout--the Chargers led, 10-0, after one quarter--settled down to a snooze--Chargers 13, Bills 10 after three quarters. But the fourth quarter proved a heart-stopper as the Bills took the lead for the first time, 24-20, with 1:45 remaining on a 12-play, 68-yard drive capped by a three-yard touchdown plunge by Travis Henry. But Charger Ronney Jenkins returned the kickoff 72 yards and, after the Bills were assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, the stage was set for Flutie's fateful scramble and head-long dive with 1:30 remaining.'
Ex-Bill leads Chargers to emotional win [6:33 AM]
Los Angeles Daily News reports: 'Johnson, the former USC standout, once again seemed to be dwarfed by his 5-foot-9 counterpart on the field when it mattered most, though by no fault of his own.'
Lightning strikes Bills [6:29 AM]
Orange County Register reports: 'Doug Flutie ran into the end zone. Rob Johnson ran out of time.'
Colts-Bills game start time moved to 1 p.m. by NFL [6:13 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'The league has informed the team it has moved up its kickoff against the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium from 4:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.'
Flutie flouts Bills in grudge match [6:09 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Once all the bad blood between the Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers spilled onto the field Sunday, the game turned into 3 1/2 -hour classic.'
It's sweet music to Flutie [5:44 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Yet there's no doubt that when he added Flutie, Butler hit the jackpot - and Buffalo lost its charger.'
It's payback time for Flutie [5:39 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"This is so great," he said. "After the game, my buddies, who have been Bills fans for 15 years, wouldn't talk to me."'
Big defeat, small victory [5:38 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'When he finally was hauled down, it was at the Bills' 28-yard-line. Buffalo kicker Brian Moorman followed the brilliance of tackling Jenkins with a boneheaded unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. And almost all 63,698 in the house plus thousands of Bills fans had to know what was coming next.'
Magic still left in Flutie [5:36 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Though crushed at the defeat -- he was close to tears in the Bills locker room -- Johnson refused to say the winning score was the result of charmed Flutie fortune. "He didn't luck into it, he played well," Johnson said. "He's a competitor and we had a chance to sack him. He spun out of it and made a play."'
Flutie vs. Johnson: Call it even [5:35 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Even the diehard Doug Flutie fans need to cut Rob Johnson at least a little slack now. If he could play special teams - if anybody could - maybe the heartbreaking 27-24 defeat the Bills suffered yesterday to the Chargers and their old pal, Doug Flutie, could have had a happier ending for fans on the Niagara Frontier.'
Late Flutie run sinks Bills [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'But in a scene that was eerily reminiscent of a deciding kickoff return in a playoff loss at Tennessee two years ago, the Chargers' Ronney Jenkins returned the ensuing kickoff 72 yards to set up Flutie's clinching heroics, something Bills fans got used to seeing him do the past three seasons in Buffalo. "Another day at the office, I guess," Flutie said.'
Flutie dashes Bills' hopes [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'But fate doesn't like Johnson. Neither do the football gods...'.
Bills-Chargers surpassed hype [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'Wilson, the Bills' ultra-competitive 83-year-old owner saying he wanted to beat the Chargers more than he wanted to win this season's Super Bowl, raised eyebrows around the league, but he gets my applause.'
Buffalo Bills report card [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'Special teams -- Brian Moorman was called for delay of game on the opening kickoff and it didn't improve much after that. The kickoff team allowed the mistake of the game -- Ronney Jenkins' 72-yard return plus an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Moorman to the Buffalo 13, setting up Flutie's final heroics with 1:10 left. Kicker Jake Arians was 1-for-3 with the potential tying kick from 44 yards blocked in the closing seconds. D'
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