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Buffalo Bills News - December 16, 2002

Marker Bills CB Bostic to have knee surgery [4:42 PM]
AP reports: 'Jason Bostic, who has emerged as the Buffalo Bills' third cornerback, tore ligaments in his right knee and will likely miss the rest of the season.'

Marker "Fan Friendliest Team" [4:16 PM] reports: The Ft. Lauderdale, FL-based Sports Fans of America Association, Inc. has awarded its 2002 NFL Sports Fan’s Quality Award to the Buffalo Bills as the league’s “Fan Friendliest” team.

Marker 5th Down: Video Killed the Quarterback Star [3:30 PM] reports: But I'm here to say that video has killed a lot more than just the radio star. It's killed quarterbacks. Take Sunday, for instance. With eight minutes remaining and his Chargers tied at 13 with the Buffalo Bills, Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer pulled aside his second-year quarterback, Drew Brees, and told him to take a break.

Marker No Flutie magic in Buffalo’s victory [3:08 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'On a day when Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe endured one of his worst passing days as a pro, Travis Henry reaffirmed his position among the NFL’s elite running backs and the Bills’ maligned defense stepped up.'

Marker Flutie added some life to a dull game [3:07 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“It was fun, it really was. It was fun to hear it from the crowd a little bit and to step into the situation where we’re behind and we have the opportunity to go win the ball game and make a couple of plays. We didn’t follow through on it, but it felt good.”'

Marker Bledsoe continues assault on record books [3:06 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Fletcher was credited with a game-high 13 tackles, including nine solos. Seau topped the Chargers with 10 stops.'

Marker Buffalo survives late Flutie scare [1:28 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: '...Buffalo's defense deserves the credit for this one. They didn't force any turnovers, but forced eight San Diego punts and stopped six drives without allowing a first down.'

Marker Bills garner award from fans advocacy group [1:26 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The award is based on responses to questions regarding entertainment and fan activities, improvements on and off the field, fan issues involving tickets, concessions, parking and tailgating, fan loyalty issues and community relations.'

Marker Bills To Host Holiday Party For Kids [12:38 PM] reports: On Tuesday, December 17, from 5:00-6:30 PM, the Bills and the Tops Rookie Club rookie club will celebrate the holiday season with 80 kids from the Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo and Gateway-Longview.

Marker Game Photos [12:13 PM] reports: Action photos from Sunday's 20-13 Bills victory.

Marker Buffalo Jills Photos [12:12 PM] reports: Action photos of the Jills.

Marker Game Notebook vs. San Diego Chargers [12:11 PM] reports: With two games to play the Bills already have four more wins than they did a year ago. That four-win increase is the second-greatest one season turnaround in team history and is one shy of the all-time best one season turnaround of +5 accomplished in 1964, ’73 and ’88.

Marker Bills 20, Chargers 13 (Video Highlights) [10:50 AM] reports: Watch video highlights of Sunday's game.

Marker Even Flutie magic unable to stop Chargers' free fall [10:19 AM]
North County Times reports: 'Flutie, inserted for Drew Brees (13 of 24, 148 yards) midway through the fourth quarter, gave the team a brief spark. But at this point, the team's battery is nearly dead.'

Marker Gilbride's crew runs past Chargers [10:18 AM]
North County Times reports: '"We needed this,'' Gilbride said. "We've played some good games and not won, so for us to win a game that wasn't one of our best, and still come out on top, I think that makes it very satisfying."'

Marker No QB debate despite Flutie's debut [10:17 AM]
North County Times reports: '"For him to complete that first pass is just like Doug," Brees said. "He could be sitting there just as cold as ice sitting on the bench and he can come in and throw a 50-yard post. It is pretty amazing. Once he did that, I thought we were going to roll right down the field and score and get it again and score."'

Marker Bolts must tackle a glaring weakness [10:16 AM]
North County Times reports: 'Buffalo effortlessly marched down the field 64 yards in just seven plays to score the winning touchdown with 52 seconds left. Running back Travis Henry looked like the East Coast version of LaDainian Tomlinson, rushing for 53 yards on five carries during the drive.'

Marker Chargers postgame show [10:16 AM]
North County Times reports: 'RT Vaughn Parker, a Buffalo native, returned after missing four games with a triceps injury. But the line, for the second straight week, didn't play well. That, among other things, was why Schottenheimer went to the more mobile Doug Flutie at QB in the fourth quarter.'

Marker Chargers report card [10:14 AM]
North County Times reports: 'DEFENSIVE LINE -- D - Those were some big holes Travis Henry was rumbling through. At the point of attack, the Chargers weren't attacking.'

Marker This time, the magic belongs to Henry [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Henry scored both Buffalo touchdowns as he gained 144 yards in 22 carries, to outperform San Diego star LaDainian Tomlinson who ran 28 times for 110 yards.'

Marker For Bills, what a relief it is [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' head coach entered Sunday's game amid increasing speculation that his job was on the line in the wake of losses in four of the last five games. A couple of team sources stressed "it would be very good" for Williams' job security if he won two of the final three games. Those sources also said a win over the rival Chargers would be especially beneficial for Williams.'

Marker Poor statistics can't spoil Bledsoe's joy over win [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Sometimes," Bledsoe said, "you gotta win ugly."'

Marker Flutie magic can't make loss disappear [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Chargers don't have a QB controversy, and Schottenheimer made that clear in his opening remarks to the media.'

Marker While offense sputters, Bills' defense shines [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But on a day when quarterback Drew Bledsoe looked more like Rob Johnson (with Doug Flutie playing for the other side, no less), the Bills' defense delivered its most clutch performance of the season.'

Marker Oh, the irony: Pass-happy Williams is on the run [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If wins and losses are paramount, then the argument to retain Williams is fortified with substance.'

Marker Henry climbing fast in team's record book [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Henry gained 144 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns, locking into the seventh spot for most yards rushing in a season. He could surpass Thurman Thomas' three best seasons if he gains 176 yards rushing in the final two weeks.'

Marker Monday Billboard [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Unsung Hero: Bills linebacker London Fletcher finished with 13 tackles and a sack and always seemed to hover around the ball carrier.'

Marker The big chill [8:08 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: '"We wasted an opportunity here because we didn't make enough plays," coach Marty Schottenheimer said.'

Marker With Bledsoe grounded, Henry flies by [8:08 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: '"We passed the ball a few times when he thought we should have run it," Henry said. "But we got everything squared away."'

Marker Benched, but unbowed [8:07 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'The primary reason Brees was pulled is that the offense hasn't done much scoring the past two months. The unit has only 10 touchdowns in the last seven games, and three came in one quarter against Denver. Brees has now gone four games without a touchdown pass, doubling the second-longest streak in the league this season by a quarterback who has started four consecutive games.'

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