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Buffalo Bills News - December 24, 2001

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.'

Marker Vick accepts his role as backup quarterback [9:22 AM]
Augusta Chronicle reports: 'Vick, the first overall pick of last year's draft and considered the team's quarterback of the future, likely will spend most of today's game against the Buffalo Bills watching from the sidelines as 14-year veteran Chris Chandler continues his role as quarterback of the present.'

Marker Atlanta Falcons take three-game losing streak into matchup with Buffalo Bills [9:21 AM]
AP reports: 'The [Bills'] defence hasn't allowed a touchdown in six quarters.'

Marker Another chance for Bills' Bryson [6:26 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's been real tough going from playing a lot to not playing hardly at all," Bryson said. "But I'm just glad I'm in a position to help the team any way that I can."'

Marker Q&A with Raion Hill [6:25 AM]
D and C reports: '[Q:] The man you replaced, Henry Jones, started for 10 seasons and was among the NFL's best-ever strong safeties and one of the Bills' most popular players. How did Henry help you? [A:] ''I learned a ton from Henry, not only how to play on the field but how to act off the field, because he was a good person. He had a good reputation, a guy who handled himself like a true professional and I admired that a lot.'''

Marker Bills scouting report [6:24 AM]
D and C reports: 'Dan Reeves is 2-7 lifetime against the Bills.'

Marker Young guns give Bills fans hope for future [6:23 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The one encouraging aspect of an otherwise awful year has been the performance of several young players with whom the Bills will build their future.'

Marker Ebbing season foretells change [6:21 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: '"Losing always makes it seems longer and tougher," linebacker Mark Simoneau said. "You have to focus. . . . And keep grinding."'

Marker Expect unexpected from banged-up Bills [6:20 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Lately, teams have had surprises for the Falcons, and they haven't adjusted well. They'd better today. The Bills have lost five games by a touchdown or less.'

Marker Clements making an impact in league [6:19 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: '''Each week he plays more confidently,'' said Buffalo coach Gregg Williams. ''As we get better around him, we think you'll see more plays and bigger plays because he has the ability to take more risks. He's more than a pure cover-corner kind of guy. He's a guy who can play in the run front and do some special things there.'''

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