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Buffalo Bills News - December 2, 2002

Marker Lucas, Fiedler get battered [5:25 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: ' The last time Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler was playing in such snowy weather, he led his Dartmouth team to a come-from-behind victory over Princeton.'

Marker It's a record-setting day for Williams [5:24 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'A thigh bruise took him out for a couple plays late in the third quarter. But it was the Bills stretching their lead that really took the ball out of Williams' hand in the fourth quarter. He carried just once in the fourth quarter for four yards.'

Marker Williams' day was terrific - and futile [5:23 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'The snow god must have a sense of humor. How else to explain that Williams gains a franchise-record 228 yards on a day he also broke the team's rushing record for a season -- and it's relegated to a footnote?'

Marker Tip from Madison helps Moulds score TD [5:22 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"I've played in cold weather for a long time now, since high school. It never has been a real factor as far as throwing the ball." -- QB Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Wannstedt challenges clock; refs say not this time [5:21 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Linebacker Zach Thomas felt the conditions worked against Miami's quick defense, as Travis Henry had 151 yards, just the third time this season a back has exceeded 100 against the Dolphins, and the second time for Henry. "They have a big offensive line, and when you've got a surface like that, it slows you down, and they can get up on you," Thomas said.'

Marker Grading the Dolphins [5:21 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'PASSING DEFENSE: F - They went from in charge in the first half to a total breakdown in the final 30 minutes. The Bills were gifted with some luck. Cornerback Sam Madison got his hand on a long pass in the third quarter, and it tipped to Eric Moulds at the 10 for a 57-yard touchdown. But most of it was Bledsoe's superior throwing ability in bad weather and the Dolphins becoming increasing fatigued by chasing Moulds and Peerless Price.'

Marker Winter blunderland [5:20 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Cold?, they seemed to be saying, this isn't cold. This is Buffalo weather.'

Marker Dolphins should raise their hands, say they blew it [5:20 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Whatever Moulds was saying, he backed it up. He disrespected the Dolphins' secondary with his deeds and not just his words.'

Marker Ricky: 'It doesn't mean anything' [5:19 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Instead of euphoria, the talk was of an opportunity lost.'

Marker Delvin Williams glad for Ricky [5:18 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'It took 24 years, but the Dolphins' single-season scoring record that Williams held has left him at last. It now belongs to Ricky Williams, who passed Delvin Williams' mark of 1,258 yards with an 8-yard run behind left guard Jamie Nails in the third quarter of the Dolphins' 38-21 loss at Buffalo on Sunday.'

Marker Bledsoe replay was a matter of time [5:17 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: ' It wasn't as impressive as Ricky Williams' day, but Travis Henry continued his mastery of the Dolphins' run defense.'

Marker Buffalo feeling warm [5:17 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"There's definite signs of life here," receiver Eric Moulds said. "It's a great win. Morale is up. It gives us a final push. It gives us optimism knowing we can play with the big guys and get on a winning streak again."'

Marker Bledsoe rallies Buffalo to 38-21 victory in snow [5:16 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'The Dolphins, who turned the ball over six times in a 23-10 loss to the Bills on Oct. 20, committed three turnovers Sunday, which Buffalo converted into 21 points.'

Marker Bills spoil Williams' day [5:15 AM]
Florida Today reports: '"What a waste," Fiedler said, shaking his head.'

Marker Wannstedt stands firm on play that resulted in fumble [5:14 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'The coach said the decision to go for it on fourth down rather than punting was his alone. "When you're on the road, you're going to have to score points against Buffalo," Wannstedt said. "Drew is going to score points. You can just feel it out there. We're at the (36)-yard line at fourth-and-4. You've got to try to get some points out of that thing. "The worst scenario is to get sacked and fumble the ball and lose (33) yards."'

Marker Bledsoe has the gift [5:14 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''We need to keep winning. That's the bottom line,'' said Bledsoe (15 for 27, 306 yards). ''We're going to enjoy this one because it's a big win for us ... but the bottom line is if we want to get into this race at the end of the season we need to keep winning.'''

Marker Patriots able to spy enemies [5:13 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Both the Patriots and Dolphins control their destinies.'

Marker Drew in Pats' picture [5:12 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The Patriots woke up yesterday morning as big Drew Bledsoe fans. By nightfall, the Pats were back to scheming and plotting against their former franchise quarterback.'

Marker Dolphins Hit by Snow, and Blizzard of Errors [5:11 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Then came the bizarre part. After the game the Dolphins, despite losing, were talking trash.'

Marker Family mourns slain football star [5:10 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: 'Covington, an All-South Jersey sports star at Overbrook High School, played for the Buffalo Bills after being drafted in 1995 until he was sidelined with a career-ending knee injury during a noncontact practice in 1998.'

Marker Slain athlete's strength remembered [5:09 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'The professional career of the former state champion wrestler and football player from Overbrook High School in Pine Hill was cut short in 1997 when he crushed the peroneal nerve just below his left knee. He retained his solid build, but lifting his leg in certain ways was difficult. Sometimes he would falter while walking up stairs. He was living mostly on disability benefits provided by the NFL, his family said.'

Marker Covington's loss is mourned by coaches and former rival [5:08 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: '"Damien was just an excellent kid to coach, and not only was he an outstanding football player and athlete, but he was a great leader," said Larry Mauriello, who was Covington's football head coach and assistant wrestling coach at Overbrook.'

Marker Bills storm back, spoil Williams' big day, 38-21 [5:07 AM]
USA Today reports: '"But the turnovers didn't beat us," Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas said. "I missed tackles I've never (missed) before."'

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December 1, 2002

Marker Bills Win Big Game 38-21 [11:27 PM]
BillsDaily reports: The Bills talked all week about finding the big plays after missing it for the past three games. They found it in a big way in the snow and the wind of Ralph Wilson Stadium as the Bills kept their playoff hopes alive with a 38-21 win over Miami.

Marker Dolphins at Bills Photos [9:59 PM] reports: 12 photos

Marker Vic Carucci: They call it 'Bills Weather' [9:32 PM] reports: With just under two minutes showing on a clock barely visible behind a sheet of white, the song playing over the public address system best summarized the events and emotions in Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday.
"...Let it snow ... let it snow ... let it snow..."

Marker Williams great effort wasted [7:13 PM]
Dolphin Digest reports: 'The Dolphins defense had no answers for the passing of Drew Bledsoe and also didn't help their cause with three turnovers, giving them nine in their two losses against Buffalo this season.'

Marker Buffalo 38, Miami 21 [6:22 PM]
UPI reports: 'The outcome left the AFC East race wide open with four weeks remaining in the season. No matter the result of the New York Jets-Oakland game Monday night, only one game will separate the four teams in the division.'

Marker Bills 38, Dolphins 21 [4:36 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills' defense also made a significant contribution, forcing three turnovers after getting none the last three games.'

Marker Buffalo 38, Miami 21 [4:35 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The Miami Dolphins were snowed under by Drew Bledsoe and the Buffalo Bills.'

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