Pats pull off a real snow-job [5:43 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Siberia may be colder and the Himalayas may receive more snow, but it's impossible to imagine conditions more miserable than they were at Ralph Wilson Stadium about 4:45 p.m. yesterday...'
In show of character, Pats earned an A-plus against elements, Bills [5:42 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The conditions couldn't have been much worse, but the outcome couldn't have been any better.'
Johnson takes hold, becomes the all-time career leader in punts [5:41 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"That kick is supposed to be automatic. But it's not that way from a holder's perspective. On a normal day, it's not bad. It's an easy catch. But, the way the wind was blowing today (yesterday), it was weird.'
Romp in snow more than he bargained for [5:40 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"They got smart in what they started running (in overtime)," Bills quarterback Doug Flutie said of the Pats' performance in the extra period. "They ran unders and crosses and got guys running.'
Weather Is Frightful, Finish Delightful [5:39 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'With all flights canceled and the Buffalo airport already closed, the Patriots and Bills were two bad teams going nowhere Sunday, both literally and figuratively.'
Well-Timed Record [5:38 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'By kicking the ball hard and low to outwit the wind, Johnson punted great - a 42.3 average in horrid weather - clearly outdoing Bills punter Chris Mohr, who averaged only 29.1.'
Bills cold in red zone [5:37 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'But in the 41-year history of the Bills' franchise, it is unlikely there has ever been a day that combined cold, wind and snow as fiercely as Sunday.'
Patriots 13, Bills 10, OT [5:37 AM]
AP reports: '"I know we aren't going to the playoffs this year," Pats coach Bill Belichick said. "But when you walk in the locker room, you can see this game meant a lot to these players."'
Bills QB Johnson knocked out again [5:36 AM]
AP reports: 'Rob Johnson once again couldn't finish what he started.'
New England 13, Buffalo 10 (OT) [5:35 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Drew Bledsoe is not known as a running quarterback, but he used his legs on an icy field to set up the game-winning kick by Adam Vinatieri.'
Expectations were too high for stumbling Bills [5:34 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Phillips came across as too optimistic in believing a team that had been to the playoffs (there's that word again) in his first two years -- but one that entered this season in a state of transformation -- could stay in the thick of the chase.'
Flutie Wins Yet Sits [4:28 PM]
Patriots Football reports: 'In the case of Flutie v. Johnson, watching Flutie sitting on the bench is at the very least puzzling and dumbfounding. One can only wonder how Bills Nation feels.'
Bills, Pats play on as playoff outsiders [4:00 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"We still have a chance to be successful as far as the season is concerned."'
Wilson might have to rethink vote on Phillips [3:58 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Phillips says his staff will all be back. I say, maybe.'
Wiley and Kraft Columbia grads [10:45 AM]
Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports: 'Is Bills' defensive end Marcellus Wiley coming soon to a team near you? It could happen. After all, he's already played in Worcester. Why not Foxboro?'
Inconsistent defense befuddles Belichick [10:43 AM]
Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports: '"I don't think this team has played up to the expectations that we've had, or that everybody else had for us this year," Belichick said. "I didn't expect to be 4-10 this year. I don't think anybody else did either."'
Bills, Pats play for pride [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We've got two games left," said Bills quarterback Rob Johnson. "I think we're all playing for next year since the playoffs are gone. We're trying to get a couple wins and end on a positive note that we can take into next year."'
Someone will pay Butler big bucks [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills sources say Butler wants to receive his full market value, and that means finding out what his full market value is once the season is over.'
Chilly draft [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While the draft netted some promising talent, the overall impact of the eight-player rookie class of 2000 has been limited.'
Bills and Patriots trying to prove they're not dead on arrival [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The offense that gets out of its own way the best will win. . . . Bills, 23-17.'
Searching For Signs Of Life [8:30 AM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'I usually ascribe to the "Who needs it more?" theory. But in the case of the Bills and New England, the question becomes "Who wants the season to end less?"'
A Game Not Suitable For Television [8:29 AM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Everyone who has ever cursed the National Football League for its blackout rule should take a few moments Sunday afternoon to give Paul Tagliabue and his minions in the league office a word of thanks.'
Johnson wants to earn respect [6:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'Johnson, who has four interceptions in his past two games and has been sacked 19 times in his past three, is battling his critics as well as a sore throwing elbow and shoulder.'
How much money is too much? [6:32 AM]
D and C reports: 'When Buffalo Bills defensive end Marcellus Wiley hits the free agency trail (it's the green one) this off-season, he won't be pulling an A-Rod.'
Dealing for Broncos' Gary would be wise for Bills [6:31 AM]
D and C reports: 'There aren't many major trades in the NFL, but the Denver Broncos figure to be shopping a running back this off-season. Shouldn't Buffalo be interested?'
Bills/Patriots scouting report [6:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'Johnson is banged up terribly, and he might not be physically capable of producing much on offense.'
Christie prefers his QEW connection [6:29 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'But because Christie is one of several veteran Bills who will be an unrestricted free agent in February, there is a chance today's meeting with the New England Patriots may be his final home game in Buffalo.'
Spot duty for some Patriots [6:28 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The reality of the situation is, however, that players are playing either for a chance to return next season or not.'
Double header [6:26 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The Bills at least have a reason for their problems. They're really banged up on defense, having lost key defenders like Sam Cowart, Antoine Winfield and Sam Rogers for the duration.'
Pats' plan a puzzler [6:25 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '"The no-huddle has a place and we've shown we can use it. If we felt it would help by running it all the time, it's something we wouldn't hesitate to do."'
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