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Buffalo Bills News - December 15, 2003

Marker McNair stays on sideline as Volek pulls out victory [4:54 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''Billy's my MVP right now,'' McNair said. It was the first time he didn't play since Sept. 23, 2001, a streak of 45 starts.'

Marker V for Volek, W for Titans [4:53 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''They probably don't want to come back here anytime soon,'' Titans tight end Frank Wycheck said.'

Marker Volek makes most of first NFL start [4:52 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''He was wonderful and outstanding,'' said wide receiver Derrick Mason, who caught nine of Volek's passes for 137 yards, including a 37-yarder that set up a late touchdown. ''(The Bills) threw everything at him … to confuse him. But Billy kept his poise.'''

Marker Bills unable to exploit porous Titans secondary [4:51 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''The Titans did a good job of mixing up coverages,'' Bledsoe said. ''You are never, in this league, going to have guys running around wide open. Sometimes you have to make a tight throw and have to make a good catch in tight coverage.'''

Marker Williams, Gray fuming, not celebrating this time [4:50 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''You try to show him that you have it because it's low to the ground. As far as I am concerned, it's a very bad call. How long do I have to have it before they rule it complete?'''

Marker Turnaround begins with Bulluck burst [4:49 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''I had blitzed earlier, and I told (defensive coordinator) Jim Schwartz I could beat 'em, I could get there,'' Bulluck said. ''So then he came back to it, and like I told him, I got there and the rest is history.'''

Marker Like previous Miracle, call goes Tennessee's way [4:48 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'For the Bills, however, visions of the Music City Miracle appeared again. Another wind-swept winter day in Nashville. Another referee's face flush against the replay monitor. Another long flight home from a game they believe was taken away from them.'

Marker Sitting out McNair's smartest call [4:47 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''I couldn't have gotten out of harm's way,'' he said. ''I couldn't get out of my own way. I just couldn't play.'''

Marker Titans report card [4:46 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Passing defense: The Titans played exceptionally well against the pass until the very end, when Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe drove the Bills to their last score. Bledsoe had just 51 yards passing heading into the fourth quarter, but finished with 168. Cornerbacks Samari Rolle and Andre Dyson played well against Bills receivers Bobby Shaw and Eric Moulds. The Titans had an opportunity for a couple of interceptions, but failed to pull them in.'

Marker Titans Q&A with Derrick Mason [4:45 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Q: How important was this game? A: ''It's very important. We play the No. 1 team, the No. 1 defense in the NFL, and we were able to score 28 points. We knew we can do it. Our previous weeks we just let it slip. This week we didn't. We were able to score some points and put ourselves in position to score. This is a big lift for this team, knowing that we can go out there and play with the best.'''

Marker Q&A with Bills' Lawyer Milloy [4:44 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Q: Was this game symbolic of how your season has gone? A: ''All year. It was the same story all year. It's just so frustrating, we're losing all these games that we really shouldn't be losing and that's the difference between teams that are going to the playoffs or not. It's not like we don't have the effort, it's not like we're not playing good ball. For four quarters we're just not there completely as a team.'''

Marker After further review [4:43 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'White is the referee who was fined earlier this season for not handling the clock correctly in a Ravens-Seahawks game.'

Marker Volek wins battle of Bills [4:42 AM]
Nashville City Paper reports: 'The Titans appeared headed down another slippery slope, when the defense, which had gone eight quarters and counting without a turnover, came through. Keith Bulluck sacked Bills QB Drew Bledsoe, stripping and recovering the ball at the Buffalo 24. From there, Volek directed the Titans to a score on a 14-yard pass to Erron Kinney, and with Robert Holcombe’s two-point conversion run, cut the Bills lead to 17-14.'

Marker Multi-purpose Mason returns in Titans’ win [4:41 AM]
Nashville City Paper reports: '“I had fun out there actually,” Mason said of his stint as a returner. “The first play, I was kind of anxious, because I hadn’t been out there for a whole year, and I was anxious to get my hands on the ball.”'

Marker Pained McNair defers to Volek [4:41 AM]
Nashville City Paper reports: '“I felt like this was the best thing to do,” McNair said. “You’ve got a healthy No. 2 and a lame No. 1. Who gives you the best chance to win [Sunday]? I felt like at this point in time, it was Billy.”'

Marker Titans' backup steps up [4:40 AM]
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle reports: '"There's a lot of fight in our locker room, and you are always disappointed when you don't make it," said Bills coach Gregg Williams, referring to his team's elimination from the playoffs.'

Marker Mason does it all against Bills [4:39 AM]
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle reports: 'Mason completed the game with 302 all-purpose yards in catching nine passes for 137 yards, returning five kickoffs for 106 yards and five punts for 59 yards -- with no fumbles.'

Marker Titans hold off Bills' rally, earn tough 28-26 victory [4:38 AM]
Knoxville News Sentinel reports: '"It was good," Shaw said. "The only time the ball came out was when I tried to raise my hand to show that I had it. The whole time I was sliding, I had the ball. How can (the official) call it incomplete when I lost it when I am showing him I had it?"'

Marker Volek looks McNair-like in win [4:37 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Tennessee's 28 points were the most scored in the last six games against Buffalo, which had the NFL's No. 2-rated defense going in.'

Marker Volek shines in McNair's absence [4:37 AM] reports: 'The four-year pro completed 26 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns Sunday. He threw no interceptions in 41 attempts. He also rushed for a touchdown from the 2-yard line – the first of his career.'

Marker Happy returns for productive Mason [4:36 AM] reports: 'Mason returned five punts in the game for an average of 11.8 yards. He also returned five kickoffs for a total of 106 yards.'

Marker Defense answers the call in victory [4:35 AM] reports: 'Bulluck’s sack, forced fumble, and fumble recovery against Drew Bledsoe with 6:16 remaining in the third quarter gave the Titans the spark they desperately needed in their 28-26 victory over Buffalo on Sunday.'

Marker Titans/Bills post-game quotes [4:34 AM] reports: 'What can you say about Billy’s (Volek) effort? That is a very tough defense to throw against. Billy hung in there and took a lot of hits. He made big plays. When you are not 100 percent, everybody has to step up, and that is what we got. Billy got a lot of help today and proved he is worthy of that backup spot and he can play in the league.'

Marker Titans Game Notes [4:33 AM] reports: 'The Titans improved to 4-1 in their last five games vs. Buffalo, dating back to their 28-17 win in 1995.'

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December 14, 2003

Marker Week 15: Gregg Williams Quotes [8:28 PM] reports: '"We didn't make enough plays in the second half to finish the game. They were able to make a couple significant plays. I thought Derek Mason made a couple big time plays. Those were difference making plays in the second half. Our guys fought to the bitter end. Coming down there we had to stop them at the two minute drill with only one time out left. We got off the field and Drew (Bledsoe) took us down the field and Bobby Shaw made some nice plays. We weren't able to come up with that tie play at the end."'

Marker Week 15: Eric Moulds Quotes [8:28 PM] reports: '"It's frustrating because I've been here for eight years. I'm looking for the answers and I can't seem to find any so we'll come up with some."'

Marker Week 15: Bobby Shaw Quotes [8:27 PM] reports: '"I had it. It came out as I was showing them. The whole time I had the ball all the way on the ground. He called it incomplete. I was trying to show him that I had it because I was low. As far as I'm concerned it's a very bad call. How he can say I had possession the whole time I'm sliding then I roll over I'm already down. How long do I have to have it? I was trying to show him the ball before he ruled it incomplete. Bad call on my thoughts."'

Marker Week 15: Travis Henry Quotes [8:27 PM] reports: '"We just weren't able to get in a good rhythm today."'

Marker Week 15: Antoine Winfield Quotes [8:26 PM] reports: '"We lost. We have two games left. We'll just go out there work as hard as we can and try to win those."'

Marker Week 15: Mark Campbell Quotes [8:25 PM] reports: 'Last Touchdown Play: "They put me one-on-one with the safety. In weeks past we've seen them take the safety and play inside techniques so we felt like the corner out would be there. They played it today. The safety was a little outside. Fortunately I was able to get behind him right at the corner and Drew (Bledsoe) made a perfect pass."'

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