Fans waited for this game [1:12 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Since the Bills acquired kick-returner Charlie Rogers from the Houston Texans for linebacker Jay Foreman, you had to wonder what the fuss was about. Rogers’ performance of kickoffs and punts had been decidedly underwhelming early this season. But when the Bills needed it most, Rogers made what may be remembered as a season-saving play.'
5th Down: An Arsenal Revealed [10:24 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Let's cut straight to the point: How much does this win mean for the Buffalo Bills? London Fletcher thinks he knows.
Bills defeat Vikings in OT (Video Highlights) [9:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Mike Hollis' 54-yard field goal forced overtime and Peerless Price's 48-yard touchdown catch in the extended period won it.
Bills finally get their kicks [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It has been a long time since the Bills' locker room was so wildly jubilant.'
Defense makes Vikings pay price [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yet when the game was on the line in overtime, the Bills' defenders found enough reserves in the tank to stop the Vikings' dynamic duos.'
Bledsoe's day to remember awes teammates [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He comes back to the huddle with a staple in his neck," Centers said after the Bills' 45-39 triumph in the Metrodome. "A staple! A piece of metal holding a cut together. His lip is bleeding. I think he got hit and it bent his helmet somehow. But he comes back to the huddle, and he's standing in front of 10 guys, bleeding, with a staple in his neck, and he's calling the plays, saying, "Let's go,' and trying to get everybody else going."'
Hollis not happy about miss [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That was hard to accept," Hollis said. "I think I got a little lazy on the kick. I tried to take a little off. I didn't want to hit it real hard, I just wanted to make sure I made it and I ended up hooking it."'
Bills Win In Overtime [9:09 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Fourth-year wide receiver Peerless Price hauled in a 48-yard touchdown from quarterback Drew Bledsoe with 4:48 left in overtime as the Bills rallied for a 45-39 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
Monday Billboard [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Player of the Game: Bledsoe. Now you know why you were so pumped when they signed the guy. He completed 35 of 49 passes for 463 yards, breaking the franchise record.'
Kicking themselves [7:52 AM]
St. Cloud Times reports: '"The game was there for the taking," Tice said. "But we made too many mistakes. When you miss one PAT, you don't usually recover. When you miss two PATs, I don't think anyone recovers."'
Moe's gains obscured by loss [7:52 AM]
St. Cloud Times reports: 'Williams ran for 102 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries, a 6.0 yards-per-carry average.'
Vikings set to give Brien the boot [7:51 AM]
St. Cloud Times reports: '"I'm not going to quit," Brien said. "I never have in my whole life and I'm not going to start today."'
Vikings trip on kicker's faulty foot [7:50 AM]
Duluth News Tribune reports: 'Still, Brien's ineptitude was just the most glaring Vikings weakness on display Sunday. Besides the five points he cost the team, the Vikings gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown, allowed the Bills to score on a recovered fumble in the end zone (one of four fumbles for suddenly turnover-prone quarterback Daunte Culpepper) and had a touchdown pass to Randy Moss nullified by a holding penalty on running back Michael Bennett.'
Minnesota has a long road ahead [7:49 AM]
Fargo Forum reports: '“You can’t miss PATs in this league and we missed two PATs,” Tice said.'
Bledsoe gets best of Vikes once again [7:48 AM]
Fargo Forum reports: '“I was just telling my offensive line, ‘I’ll go to war with you guys anytime,’ if you can pass that many times and do the job as well as they did,” Bledsoe said. “I am proud to play with those guys. It was a team victory and it took everything we had - defense, offense and special teams. Hopefully this is a step in the right direction and we can start winning some games.”'
Bledsoe's first win for Bills: Priceless [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: '"The guys came together, they stood up as a team. They lose as a team and they win as a team and today we won because everybody contributed."'
Offense lets it rip in wild slugfest [5:37 AM]
D and C reports: 'If you're wondering just how good Drew was at crunch time, he completed 19 of 24 passes for 266 yards and 2 scores in the fourth quarter and overtime.'
Defense was the key for Bills [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'While the blizzard of offensive statistics -- led by Drew Bledsoe's team-record 463 passing yards -- were certainly impressive, this game ultimately came down to the two Minnesota possessions in overtime when the high-powered Vikings failed to make a first down. Six plays, 13 yards, two punts.'
Buffalo Bills Report Card [5:35 AM]
D and C reports: 'Drew Bledsoe's etched his name in the record books with a 463-yard, 3-TD passing day, but his biggest play may have been falling on Travis Henry's fumble at the Vikings' 1-yard-line on a key TD drive in the fourth quarter. The freon was running through his veins at crunch time and completely torched Vikings' secondary. A+'
Misses expected to cost Brien kicking job [5:32 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'In any event, that means Brien, who had missed only three PATs in 228 attempts in his eight-plus seasons before this, would leave the team having missed two of his last five.'
Kicker cost Vikings this game [5:31 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'But this loss was the result of a kicker named Mike Hollis doing his job and winning the game for Buffalo and a kicker named Doug Brien losing the game for the Vikings by missing two extra points.'
Vikings notebook [5:30 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'The Vikings allowed the Bills to gain 260 yards in the fourth quarter and in overtime.'
The Randy ratio [5:29 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Vikings coach Mike Tice has vowed to throw to Randy Moss on 40 percent of the Vikings' passes this season. A look at how the plan played out in Game 2...'.
Who's to blame for the Vikings' loss against the Bills? [5:29 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Drew Bledsoe, darn that Bill.'
Vikings can't finish [5:28 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'The game had so many highlights, twists and turns that even the players had difficulty keeping up.'
Bledsoe at his best under pressure [5:27 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: '"He gave a special performance," Buffalo coach Gregg Williams said of Bledsoe. "He was really cool all game. The other guys were feeding off him."'
The Vikings' defense is learning about the fine line between victory and defeat [5:26 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: '"They had their moments and made the plays when they had to,'' Vikings cornerback Corey Chavous said. "It was one of those games that you play in when both teams are in desperate need of a victory. We battled for five quarters, but they made the plays that made the difference."'
Williams' rushing effort wasted [5:25 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'Lost in the misery was that for the second consecutive week the Vikings ran the ball effectively. Williams led the way with 102 of the team's 213 yards on the ground.'
Culpepper blames self - again [5:24 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'Culpepper fumbled four times, losing the ball three times and costing his team 13 points.'
Brien deserves blame, but so do others [5:23 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'While the blame for the loss starts with Brien, there was plenty to spread around.'
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