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Buffalo Bills News - December 24, 2001

Marker 5th Down: Stocking stuffers [9:15 AM] reports: 'That’s exactly how Gregg Williams earned his first heading coach shot with the Bills nearly a year ago. His teams were good, and his leadership potential was evident. Cottrell and Williams are both hands-on coaches, otherwise known as teachers. Cottrell’s approach to players is a little warmer than Williams, who prefers a tough, harder-edged style. But both coaches demand a lot from their athletes, and both have the respect of their players. Williams got his shot; now it’s Cottrell’s turn.'

Marker Falcons crest against sagging Bills [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But once again, the Bills made such a long list of mistakes that they succeeded in losing the game every bit as much as the Falcons won it.'

Marker Bryson opens eyes with huge day [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Travis Henry's sprained knee just got a whole lot better.'

Marker Wrap it up: Bills' season has lasted long enough [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Every week, the Bills find ways to lose.'

Marker Riemersma's nightmare: drops, flags, no catches [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You think you reach one low point in the season and then the next week you follow it up with something a little bit lower," Riemersma said.'

Marker Monday billboard [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But there couldn't have been more than 30,000 fans in attendance, and a good number of those seemed to be transplants rooting for Buffalo.'

Marker Airing it out [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Biggest passing days for a quarterback vs. Bills with date and yards..".

Marker Bills given parting kick [6:00 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills allowed 487 yards of total offense to the Falcons, committed 12 penalties for 95 yards, Van Pelt's throwing was erratic, there were dropped passes, blown defensive assignments and coverages, lack of a pass rush, and some questionable coaching decisions.'

Marker Players, coaches both to blame [5:59 AM]
D and C reports: 'The players made their share of blunders in this game, but the coaching staff did its part, too.'

Marker Bills' Bryson shines in Atlanta before his hometown fan club [5:58 AM]
D and C reports: 'Hard-working relatives, friends and neighbors from Franklin, N.C., who made the two-hour trip to the Georgia Dome once they heard their native son would be starting at running back for the Buffalo Bills against the Atlanta Falcons.'

Marker Report card [5:57 AM]
D and C reports: 'Coaching: Team was far from mentally sharp, committing 12 penalties, the most in 11 games. Decision to go for two points after going ahead 20-16 was the wrong one. Decision to squib kick the last kickoff also backfired. Decision to make Chris Chandler look like Dan Marino also a bad one. Add it up and it equals 2-12. F'

Marker 52-yard field goal does the trick for Falcons [5:56 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: '"At the coin toss, Chandler looked a little pale," said Bills defensive end Phil Hansen, whose team had just one sack. "He said, 'Hey, man, I'm sick; take it easy on me.' I laughed, and went back and told the whole defense to get after Chandler; he's sick. Then, he turns around and sets a record for yards."'

Marker A feel-good kick for rookie Feely [5:55 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'The Bills elected to squib kick instead of kick deep after tying the score with 48 seconds left, so the Falcons started the last possession at their 43.'

Marker Smith: 'I'll always be here supporting the Falcons' [5:53 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Sunday's dramatic win over the Buffalo Bills not only was the Falcons' final home game of the year, but also the final home game for Smith as team president.'

Marker Unloved Chandler delivers his best day [5:52 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Chris Chandler is a good player who has remained unloved.'

Marker Straight talk from the game [5:51 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'The Falcons converted nine of 14 third downs, and running back Rodney Thomas finally got a chance to pitch in and rushed for 41 yards, just enough to keep Buffalo honest.'

Marker Five key questions ... and answers [5:50 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: '130: The number of rushing yards gained by Buffalo running back Shawn Bryson. Indianapolis' Dominic Rhodes gained 177 yards last week against the Falcons.'

Marker Bucs, Ravens, Eagles on track; Falcons need help [5:49 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'The Falcons almost certainly need to win their final games against Miami and St. Louis, and for the Bucs to lose to Baltimore Saturday and Philadelphia next week. Even then, what the Saints and Giants do might still keep them home for the postseason.'

Marker McCord records hit of the game [5:48 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'The officiating crew of referee Larry Nemmers had a bad day. They failed to nullify Buffalo's game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter, when the Bills were in an illegal formation and appeared to snap the ball after the play clock had run out.'

Marker No place like home [5:45 AM]
Marietta Daily Journal reports: '"I just wanted a chance, just an opportunity," said Feely, who was a perfect 4-for-4 in field goal opportunities Sunday. "There's nothing else going through your mind when you're out there. You just want to be fundamentally sound."'

Marker Chandler sparks victory [5:43 AM]
Augusta Chronicle reports: 'He completed 28 of 40 passes for a franchise-record 431 yards.'

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December 23, 2001

Marker Game Stats [10:04 PM] reports: Shawn Bryson: 16 attempts, 130 yards, 2 touchdowns.

Marker Feely's field goal gives Atlanta 33-30 win over Buffalo [10:00 PM] reports: "I thought that today's game had the potential to be a track-meet type game," Williams said of a game that ended up with 885 yards total offense. "I thought that the guys did a great job fighting all the way down to the end. We just didn't make enough plays at the end and our penalties hurt us."

Marker Falcons 33, Bills 30 [5:00 PM]
AP reports: 'Before Sunday, Feely was 11-for-18 at the Georgia Dome and 12-for-12 on the road. The game-winner was his second-longest kick of the season; he had a 55-yarder at Arizona.'

Marker Atlanta 33, Buffalo 30 [4:58 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Chris Chandler set a club record with a career-high 432 passing yards, and rookie Jay Feely made it an especially memorable day for the Atlanta Falcons.'

Marker Third-down breakdowns painful for Bills, Falcons [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In other words: Who is worse on third-down defense?'

Marker Strong-willed [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I can be the best safety that I want to be because I'm around people who believe in me."'

Marker Falcon revival rests on a healthy Chandler [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Atlanta trails New Orleans and Tampa Bay by one game in the race for the final NFC wild-card spot.'

Marker Taking another look at the merits of instant replay [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I've been against this from the beginning," the Buffalo Bills' general manager said. "I don't like it. I think it takes the human element out of the game, which I think is part of sports."'

Marker Falcons walk the line today with Bills [9:23 AM]
Marietta Daily Journal reports: 'Seven rookies routinely start for the Bills, and inexperience has been a dilemma all season.'

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