Falcons put the boot to Bills in Toronto NFL clash [1:34 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: 'Despite a 149-rushing-yard day by Buffalo running back C.J. Spiller, and a six-sack day by the team’s defence, the Bills couldn’t put away a Falcons squad coming in with just two wins this season (none on the road), a team already eliminated from the playoffs. Instead it was quarterback Matt Ryan’s Atlanta team overcoming the odds for the win, finishing with 28-of47 passing for 311 yards and a touchdown.'
The sordid 'bromance' with Mayor Ford continues at Toronto NFL game [1:33 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: 'And he was very much at home on Sunday, wearing a Bills jersey with running back Fred Jackson’s name and number on the back, posing for pictures until leaving at halftime and getting pats on the shoulders from fans parading by his seat, many of whom were young males wearing the standard-issue NFL fan uniform.'
Buffalo Bills find yet another way to lose, falling in dramatic fashion to Atlanta Falcons in Toront [1:32 AM]
National Post reports: 'Fourteen years have passed since the Bills last qualified for the National Football League playoffs, the longest active drought in the league. In many of those seasons, the team has found new and more agonizing ways to torment their fans, with new and innovative ways to break their hearts.'
Buffalo Bills’ game in Toronto shows why city doesn’t need to start caring about team just yet [1:31 AM]
National Post reports: 'It is theoretically possible that Toronto will be forced to really care about this team one day — the news this week that Jon Bon Jovi, an NFL favourite, is talking about a partnership with MLSE minority owner Larry Tanenbaum and possibly telecommunications heir Edward Rogers got the Bills watch revved up for a brief moment before the NHL broadcasting deal swamped the nation. One day Toronto may have to care about the running back rotation, the continuing search for a QB, the fatalistic mistakes, whatever. It would probably be different if the Bills belonged to Toronto, and the building weren’t so bad.'
Rob Ford attends Buffalo Bills game in Toronto, causing a scene at Rogers Centre [1:30 AM]
National Post reports: 'Fans lined up to have their picture taken with him. A stadium security guard took a seat on the armrest of a seat in front of the mayor, trying to usher fans along — to varying degrees of success.'
Monday's Atlanta Coverage [1:29 AM]
Falcons persevere, win in overtime (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
McClain fought through tough day to come up with big play (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Falcons safety William Moore could face sixth fine (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
The Falcons actually run the ball - and win, too! (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Falcons quoteboard: What they had to say after the 34-31 victory (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford at Falcons-Bills game (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Falcons show some pride (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Photo gallery (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Desperate for a win, Falcons rally to top Bills in Toronto (Fox Sports South)
Falcons Fight Back For Win Over Buffalo (AtlantaFalcons.com)
Falcons Show Toughness in Gritty Win (AtlantaFalcons.com)
Game Recap: Falcons at Bills (AtlantaFalcons.com)
Transcripts: Falcons at Bills (AtlantaFalcons.com)
Photo gallery (AtlantaFalcons.com)
Photo gallery (BuffaloBills.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)
Photo gallery (Rochester D&C)
Photo gallery (WGRZ-TV)
Opportunistic Falcons beat Bills 34-31 in OT [1:28 AM]
AP reports: 'Falcons safety William Moore set up the decisive score in a back-and-fourth game by forcing a fumble on Buffalo's second play from scrimmage. He punched the ball out of the arms of Bills tight end Scott Chandler.'
Bills fumble away playoff hopes 34-31 in OT [1:27 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills are 1-5 during the "Bills in Toronto" series in the Rogers Centre, a game that has traditionally meant a friendlier, warmer late-season climate for the opposition. This time the loss stings even more, essentially eliminating Buffalo's hopes for a playoff spot for the 14th straight season, extending the NFL's longest active streak.'
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford attends Bills game [1:26 AM]
AP reports: 'At least four Toronto police officers and several stadium security staff were at the entrance to the VIP section where Ford had an aisle seat. They tried to keep fans from approaching for photos and handshakes.'
Bryant's field goal earns Falcons wild overtime victory over Buffalo Bills [1:25 AM]
CP reports: 'Buffalo took over at its 24-yard line and was driving when E.J. Manuel hit Stevie Johnson with a completion. But Johnson was stripped of the ball and it was recovered by Moore, allowing the Falcons to run out the clock and create the first-ever overtime game in the Bills Toronto Series.'
Buffalo loses to Atlanta in overtime but feels the love from Toronto crowd [1:24 AM]
CP reports: '"I thought the crowd today was good. They were on our side," Marrone said of the announced attendance of 38,969 who were treated to an entertaining back-and-forth NFL game. "They were giving us the boost that we needed. They were trying to help us win. I thought the fans in Toronto did a nice job."'
Atlanta 34, Buffalo 31 (OT) [1:23 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'C.J. Spiller had his best game of the season, totaling 149 yards on 15 carries with a score, while Fred Jackson and E.J. Manuel also had a rushing touchdown for the Bills (4-8), who have lost four of five to fall out of the wild card chase. Manuel went 18-for-32 for 210 yards and a passed for another score.'
Falcons use turnovers to beat Bills in OT [1:22 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills were moving down the field on their first possession of overtime, but tight end Scott Chandler was stripped of the ball by Falcons safety William Moore, and the ball was recovered by Atlanta cornerback Robert Alford and advanced to the Bills 47.'
Falcons-Bills: What we learned [1:21 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'QB EJ Manuel continues to progress. He was calm and collected during crunch time, making excellent passes to Stevie Johnson and Scott Chandler. Had those two completions not resulted in fumbles, Manuel probably would have had another victory on his resume.'
Game Wrap: Falcons 34 Bills 31 [1:20 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills got the ball to start the overtime but on the first possession Tight End Scott Chandler fumbled and the Falcons recovered. A completion to Harry Douglas set Atlanta up at the Bills 29 and Matt Bryant knocked home a 36 yard field goal to win it.'
Sideline Reactions: Falcons 34 - Bills 31 [1:19 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills had the game in the bag on three separate occasions, but for whatever reason allowed the Atlanta Falcons to not only get back into the game, but to capture the victory outright.'
Lucy yanked the ball away from Charlie Brown again [1:18 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'By the way, lost in those fumbles is the fact that Manuel had moved the team in position to win. On the drive that ended with the Johnson fumble, the Bills had gone 46 yards on six plays in a little over a minute. Manuel connected with Chandler on a huge third and 10 conversion for a 23 yard gain.'
The Bills need better than Stevie [1:17 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The thing I want to talk about is Stevie Johnson. I am done with this guy. For years I was his biggest supporter. When he was a 7th round pick it was obvious he was better than many receivers they had.'
Bills Give It Away Twice [1:16 AM]
WROC-TV reports: “We had it in our grasp,’’ said veteran running back Fred Jackson, “and we let it slip away.”'
Immediate reactions: Falcons 34, Bills 31 (OT) [1:15 AM]
Buffalo.com reports: 'I refuse to acknowledge Stevie Johnson as a top-flight wide receiver until he contributes a game without 2-3 “pointing-at-the-quarterback-to-tell-him-I-know-that-was-my-fault” moments. The most-glaring error on Sunday was a 3rd down play on the drive after Atlanta took their first lead when a lofted pass down the left side fell between his hands. It wasn’t an easy catch, but elite players do that for you. Can’t get there with him.'
Bills Collapse And Lose In OT 34-31 [1:14 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'This is as crushing a loss as you can imagine. They had several chances to put the game away and several chances to win it once they blew the lead not once but twice. The bottom line is this team is just not ready to be a consistent winnning team. They are still a losing team and a losing franchise and just can't get over that huge hump that is the size of Mt. Everest. There just doesn't seem to be a light at the end of a very long, dark tunnel.'
Bills Show They Don't Know How To Win [1:13 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'QB: Grade B-: Not his fault that they lost. He went 18 of 32 for 210 yards and a touchdown run and pass with no picks.'
Late fumbles cost Bills victory [1:12 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo went 59 minutes and 40 seconds of Sunday’s game without a turnover, and then coughed the ball up on consecutive possessions in a 31-31 game at the end of regulation and in overtime and it cost them a win against the Falcons.'
Spiller, Jackson roll up yards [1:11 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Our offensive line did a great job blocking and Stevie (Johnson) did a great job blocking and I just didn’t finish the play,” said Spiller. “It should’ve been a touchdown. It’s probably the first time I’ve been caught like that. Those guys did a great job up front and I got up in there and saw daylight and just tried to hit it. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish it.”'
Doug Marrone: ''I'm just hurting'' [1:10 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'think those guys did a nice job, they knocked it out. At the end of the day, you don’t like it to come down to those plays. There’s other things that go on during the game and that’s what we have to do a better job all around so that things like that, the game doesn’t come down to that at the end. We want to be better than that.'
EJ Manuel: ''It's a tough pill to swallow'' [1:09 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Yeah, I mean it’s a crazy game. Football is a game of making plays, honestly. We had the opportunity to make them and we just didn’t today. That’s the disappointing part of the game but nonetheless you still have games left to play and have to look forward to that.'
C.J. Spiller: ''I just saw daylight'' [1:08 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'We had a great day running the ball. That was our goal coming into the game, we wanted to run it. Like I said, during the bye week we were going to fix the running game and today was a great example of that. The guys did a great job upfront blocking and we just tried to find holes and take advantage of them.'
An NFL team in Canada can co-exist with the CFL. Here’s how [7:49 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: 'The obvious policy implication for any entrepreneurs who aspire to establish an NFL team in Toronto? They would be wise to ensure that a CFL team simultaneously thrives in Toronto – perhaps even generously bankrolling the franchise. Rather than being slain by the arrival of an NFL team, a healthy CFL might be the key to the long-term success of such an NFL initiative. If appropriate cultural sensitivity and respect are shown towards “Our League,” NFL backers may find that the league has an opportunity to co-exist in Canada with the CFL.'
The thrill is gone for kick returners thanks to NFL rules changes [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kickoff returns have faded into near-irrelevancy around the NFL, and they’ve become downright moot for the Buffalo Bills.'
The time is ripe for Spiller to step up [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Still, it’s fair to ask, which is the real C.J.? The runner who terrorized defenses last season and reached 1,000 rushing yards faster than any back in 78 years? Or the guy who has put up single-game rushing totals of 9, 11, 23 and 6 yards this year and virtually disappeared from the passing game?'
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