Johnson says he's part of problem [5:07 AM]
D and C reports: 'Following the game, which officially eliminated the Bills from playoff contention, Johnson let down his guard, soiled his reputation as an uncaring beach bum, and showed some honest to goodness emotion. It's about time.'
Bills try to resurrect pride in final games [5:05 AM]
D and C reports: '"We just showed everybody that we didn't have the character to stand up to a Colts team who I still don't know how we got blown out (by)," said always animated defensive end Marcellus Wiley.'
Bumbling Bills attempt to salvage what's left of the season [8:44 PM]
AP reports: 'The fallout from Monday's 44-20 loss at Indianapolis found players questioning the Bills one-dimensional offensive scheme, others admittedly embarrassed, and a special teams unit in utter disarray.'
MNF game balls [3:10 PM]
ColtsNews.com reports: 'The defense was sparked by the play of two new starters in Brad Sicoli and Mustafah Muhammad who both were able to record five solo tackles.'
Colts sack Bills with "embarrassing" loss [3:03 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"Whatever Webster defines 'embarrassed' as ... it just happened." Indeed it did.'
Playoff hopes buried under pile of points [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will be out of the playoffs this season for the first time since 1997.'
Over and out [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Miami Dolphins put the top on the Buffalo Bills' playoff coffin last week, and the Indianapolis Colts covered it with dirt Monday night.'
Johnson, Moulds unleash frustration [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It just seems like we have a lot of one-man routes," said Johnson, who has a burser sac problem in his right elbow. "All we get is cover-two and cover-five, and when you've got third and long, you've got one guy (to throw to). If he's not there ... It's frustrating."'
Pendry's plans deserve ticket out of town [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Everything Pendry has done all season is now open to question, including the decision to purge blocking fullback Sam Gash, the experiment with Sheldon Jackson as the H-back, the empty backfield and his role in firing offensive backfield coach Bishop Harris.'
Knee injury gives Fina rare off-week [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fina, a nine-year veteran, had missed just four starts in the last seven seasons.'
Tuesday billboard [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo's defense played nobly, but the offense? Ugh.'
Bills out of playoff hunt after 44-20 loss [6:49 AM]
D and C reports: 'Last night they drew their final pathetic breath in what has been an extremely disappointing season as the Indianapolis Colts laid an embarrassing 44-20 whipping on them in front of a sellout crowd at the RCA Dome and a national television audience.'
End is here for these Bills [6:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'When quarterback Rob Johnson, that deer-in-the-headlights look right there for a Monday Night Football audience to see, fumbled on his seventh sack of the night, and that was returned for a score.'
Bills can't find second wind [6:46 AM]
D and C reports: 'Indianapolis did not get the fierce snowstorm that paralyzed Chicago yesterday. Instead, it rained heavily most of the day, and by evening, the winds picked up substantially. Thank goodness for the dome.'
Not dead just yet [6:40 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'The defense, maddeningly inconsistent this season, set the tone early and remained firm throughout. It limited the Bills to 294 total yards, produced a season-high nine sacks -- eight at the expense of starting quarterback Rob Johnson -- and posted a pair of second-half touchdowns that enabled the Colts to stretch a 9-6 halftime lead to 37-12 with 9:51 to play.'
Much-needed ringer for Horseshoes [6:38 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Who knows what Phillips was thinking? Perhaps of next year, but surely not of this one.'
Why couldn't Colts play like this all season? [6:36 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Wade Phillips unofficially threw in the towel early in the second half, choosing to stay far too long with Rob "I'm Not Throwing The Ball And You Can't Make Me" Johnson instead of Doug Flutie. (Note to Doug: Pack your bags. It's over in Buffalo, babe).'
Rare, odd blocked punt leads scoring blitz [6:33 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'With no pressure in his face, Mohr did a double clutch and nearly kicked into Buffalo guard Jamie Nails, who was blocking Shields.'
Game exercise in what should never be [6:31 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'The defense scored two touchdowns. Special teams set up two others, and the Colts gave an RCA Dome sell-out crowd what it came for, a 44-20 victory that kept alive their postseason aspirations.'
Colts state case defensively [6:29 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: '"We were talking a good game," Muhammad said. "I think I got into [Eric Moulds'] head a little bit, but I think they went away from him a little bit. For what reason, I don't know."'
Report card [6:26 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'When special teams player Paul Shields started the second half by blocking a Buffalo punt, it changed the game's complexion.'
At the dome [6:24 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Blue arm-length plastic sleeves with white monkey paws were passed out as fans entered the building, and those in the crowd who pulled them on did so with enthusiasm.'
Colts stay alive, eliminate Bills with 44-20 win [6:12 AM]
USA Today reports: '"It was an important game for us and an important game for Buffalo, and we got it," Colts coach Jim Mora said.'
Bye, bye, Buffalo [6:09 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Fork, please.'
Colts 44, Bills 20 [6:05 AM]
AP reports: '"We didn't make the necessary adjustments," said wide receiver Eric Moulds, who managed just two receptions for 47 yards as the Bills were eliminated from the playoff race. "Give those guys credit, they played well and we stunk the place up."'
Maligned Colts' defense comes through [6:02 AM]
AP reports: '"We didn't have a block called at that time. We had a return called," Mora said. "He just took a long time to get the kick off."'
Indianapolis 44, Buffalo 20 [5:59 AM]
Sportsticker reports: '"It's been the story of our season," Bills receiver Eric Moulds said. "I feel that in every game we go out and play tough in the first half and then in the second half, we just fall off."'
Bills' playoff future on line tonight [1:35 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Clearly, the loser is finished. But the winner will be alive for at least another week.'
Mystified Mora at a loss as to why Colts are losing [1:32 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"Our offense can play better," he emphasized. "I don't just blame the defense ... that's just the area that's struggled most."'
Colts/Bills [1:29 PM]
ColtsNews.com reports: 'Wide receiver Eric Moulds has had great games against the Colts the past two years. If he can continue to be a downfield threat, it will help pull the Colts linebackers off the line of scrimmage and assist the running game immensely.'
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