Two veterans let Bills’ chances slip away [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They did what 4-8 teams do. They found a way to lose.'
Buffalo Bills' loss a tough pill to swallow [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Marrone doesn't want to say it, Bills fans surely don't want to hear it, but this is a work in progress and there's a lot of work to do. This is not a playoff team and it was never going to be a playoff team in 2013, no matter what ESPN's playoff machine Internet toy says.'
Kiko Alonso making an impression with Bills [1:55 AM]
Los Gatos Weekly Times reports: 'Alonso has gained national recognition in his rookie season in the NFL, and for good reason. The 6-foot-3, 238-pounder was in on 112 tackles through the first 11 games of the season. Alonso has a couple of quarterback sacks, four pass interceptions and he's forced one fumble and recovered another.'
Bills lament how they fumbled away chance to win [1:54 AM]
AP reports: '"It kills me that I wasn't part of the solution yesterday," Chandler said. "I want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. It hurts to let the fans, your coaches and your teammates down."'
Bills get through another contest without major injuries [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Running back C.J. Spiller had to hobble off the field on a couple of different plays due to his ankle flaring up once again, but played the majority of the game. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore had only a leg cramp and linebacker Arthur Moats ran to the locker room with only a few minutes left in the game, but neither were serious enough for Marrone to declare it a problem for Week 14.'
Doug Marrone: ''We've got to learn to win close games'' [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Like I’ve said before, I’ve been to places before and you look at that, you try to learn from it. I don’t think anyone ever really sits around and says maybe losing doesn’t hurt as much. It’s got to hurt bad and it always has to hurt bad. You take that pain and you put it to good use and that’s how you turn it around. Make no mistake, I think that you do fight those things, but that’s why we’re here. That’s why I’m here, that’s why our staff is here, that’s why the players are here, to change that. That’s what our job is and that’s what we need to do.'
Bills in Toronto series an embarrassment for team, NFL [10:53 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'If you compare the atmosphere at a Bills game in Orchard Park and the annual Toronto game, it's like day and night. The Orchard Park crowd is firmly behind the Bills. The Toronto crowd? Their biggest cheers of the game -- a game the Bills were leading early and lost in overtime -- came for an idiot who ran onto the field. Heck, boos rained down when calls went against the Falcons!'
Did Mayor Ford steal rocker's seat at Bills game? [9:34 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I didn’t take anybody’s seat. I still have my tickets,” he said with a chuckle, teasing “all the great things that happened there for Toronto and that’s the thing you focus on?”'
Critical mistakes mar otherwise positive marks [9:32 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'Don’t pretend anything but the fumbles by Stevie Johnson and Scott Chandler are worth remembering. Those plays will identify this game and this season for many, putting both in the realm of “We had it, but …” Veterans like these two cannot make plays like that in key moments.'
A Shot to the Heart [9:31 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'You'd think after 13 straight non playoff seasons, staring down the barrel of another one wouldn't hurt that much. For me, losing to Atlanta would've been bad enough. The Toronto/Bon Jovi factor has me feeling like pulling the covers up over my head and hoping that the bogeyman goes away.'
The play-by-play on Sunday’s Rob Ford football fever [9:30 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: 'But still they came, one after another. And as his entourage protested, the mayor greeted each new face with a variation of the same question – can I count on your vote in the coming election?'
Half dozen sacks have Bills back on top [9:29 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'For the first time in 2013 Atlanta allowed six sacks in a game and Buffalo’s defense under Mike Pettine has propelled past teams of Buffalo’s past. The team has more sacks in 12 games than it did in an entire season since 2004 when the defense racked up 45 sacks under Jerry Gray.'
Toronto a good fit for everybody but the Bills [9:28 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: 'To Falcons safety William Moore, the game could have been played in Atlanta what with the domed atmosphere and the fact that many in attendance were wearing Falcon jerseys. "The crazy part is we had a lot of support here," Moore said, noting he even saw someone wearing his No. 25 jersey. "It didn't feel like we were in Canada."'
5 things to know as Falcons top Bills 34-31 in OT [9:27 AM]
AP reports: 'The announced crowd of 38,969 was short of the stadium's 46,470 capacity, not including suites. And the fans that did show up weren't all supporting the "home" team. Aside from a large contingent of Falcons supporters, fans were spotted wearing a wide array of jerseys, including the Cowboys, Steelers, Patriots and even one Jaguars' supporter.'
Missed plays on defense spoil good outing by Bills’ offense [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“This one hurts,” said Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso. “A lot of guys left some plays out there, including myself.”'
Spiller mixes explosive runs with rest timeouts [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Spiller said his ankle was “fine” after the game, but he was noticeably limping at times.'
Bills’ DBs fume over penalty calls [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I didn’t get no explanation,” Williams said. “The refs never even gave me an answer every time I asked them a question, so honestly you’ve got to ask the refs on that call, because I’m still wondering what my penalty was. I guess illegal contact, but how can it be illegal contact when I’m on the opposite side of the field?”'
Bills playing in dome away from home exacts a steep price [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills blew an early 14-0 lead. They fell behind by seven, scored twice to go back ahead by a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Then they allowed the Falcons to tie it late in regulation, thanks to two penalty calls on their secondary. The calls were borderline, of course. No Bills collapse is complete without blaming the officiating in some fashion.'
Two veterans let Bills’ chances slip away [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Instead, he was calm and matter of fact. He didn’t raise his voice. He didn’t question the man above. Yes, he was disappointed knowing he played a role in the loss. Yes, it was yet another frustrating defeat. But he’s also had some practice in explaining away losses over the past six years and kept his composure afterward.'
Toronto crowd shifts into neutral [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo’s 12th Man, valued enough by the Bills to put him on the Wall of Fame, sat this one out. The Bills are 1-5 here.'
Bills-Falcons quarter by quarter [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Atlanta’s tying TD came after Nickell Robey was called for pass interference in the end zone on an incomplete pass. Both he and the receiver jostled. It wasn’t a foul. The officials missed an illegal formation call on the Falcons on the play before the winning kick. Both receivers to the left of the formation were lined up on the same yard line.'
Game had plenty of pluses, minuses [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills led a losing team by 14-0 right away and 31-24 with 11:48 left in the fourth quarter. That’s a game the Bills must close out.'
Ralph Wilson Stadium fit the bill perfectly [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Had Erie County built that dome in Lancaster for $72 million, it likely it would have gone the way of the others – too outdated to work in the NFL and not worth the cost of the renovations.'
Late fumbles lead to Buffalo Bills' loss in Toronto [1:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Of course, it was also the most disheartening for the Bills.'
Buffalo Bills find a way to lose again [1:49 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It was a long way to come for a result like this 34-31 overtime defeat, one more awful loss in a 14-year span that has come to be defined by awful losses.'
A 405-yard day was wasted [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Falcons, who came into the game struggling terribly to run, ranking 31st in the league, had 84 yards by halftime, and finished with 151, their second-best total of the year. That success certainly opened up passing avenues for Matt Ryan and he took advantage, particularly to Roddy White who had 10 catches for 143 yards.'
Report card [1:47 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If nothing else, the Bills gave Toronto a fun and interesting game, which certainly hasn’t been the case in this Bills in Toronto series. However, there’s no denying Rogers Centre is not the Ralph, and the Bills are now 1-5 in this place. This was a disappointing defeat to a 2-9 Atlanta team.'
Bills fumble away playoff hopes [1:46 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'While it was Buffalo that was supposed to feast on the Falcons’ suspect rushing defense — ranked 28th in the league — it was Atlanta, with the NFL’s second-worst ground game, that stampeded the Bills.'
Bills weren’t ready to end woeful streak [1:45 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Since Buffalo last made the playoffs in 1999, Buffalo has lost 49 games by less than a touchdown, 34 by three points or-fewer, seven of them in overtime.'
Bills fumble away game in Toronto [1:44 AM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '"It's discouraging," said Bills head coach Doug Marrone. "We have to do a better job, overall, so it doesn't come down to that."'
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