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.'
Bills' defense gets chance to make amends [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This is a time that reveals character in players," said defensive end Phil Hansen, who is expected to return to the lineup after missing almost all of the past five games with a knee injury.'
It's up to Johnson to prove he can bounce back [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It seems he hasn't learned Jim Kelly's old mantra. Even after three interceptions in one game, Kelly would chalk it up to "interceptions are part of football." Johnson needs to remember to shrug off adversity. Tonight would be a good time to start.'
Glitz of 'MNF' gives Buffalo boost [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have some 20 players who will be making their MNF debuts. Ten-year veteran defenders Henry Jones and Phil Hansen, however, are playing on Monday for the 18th time.'
Interview with Jerry Ostroski [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: '"My last name is Polish, but I pretty much grew up Italian."'
Bills/Colts scouting report [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'Both teams are nearing the end of the line, and to be honest, if not for mathematics, the end of the line has already arrived.'
Bills QB: 'Just another game' [5:06 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"It's just another game. It's awesome that my family and friends (in California) can watch, but I'm not treating it any different." Perhaps he should.'
Prime-time elimination game [5:04 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Tonight, with their playoff hopes flickering in the cold night air and AFC East rival Buffalo in town, the Colts can speak to ABC's national audience. Their on-field oratory, though, may fall on deaf ears when it comes to earning a postseason berth.'
Lamey teaches there is always hope for Colts [4:57 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'In order for the Colts to make the playoffs, the following things have to happen, in this precise order: The Colts have to win every game. Everybody else has to lose every game.'
Colts just can't compare to last season's version [4:48 AM]
AP reports: 'Last season, nothing seemed to knock them out of sync. If they fell behind, they would rally. If they got the lead, they would put opponents away. Not any more.'
Don't Dump Wade -- Yet [10:45 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Phillips' country-boy manner makes him an easy target. His responses
to media queries sometimes meander around the point and sometimes miss it
Wilson praises Phillips' job performance [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think Wade has done a very good job," Wilson said this week. "He made the playoffs the first two years he was head coach. I think maybe for some people, if you don't make the playoffs every year, then you fire the coach. Hah. Well, I don't feel that way. I think he's done a very good job, particularly with all the players we lost in the offseason."'
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