Toronto a good fit for everybody but the Bills [9:28 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: 'To Falcons safety William Moore, the game could have been played in Atlanta what with the domed atmosphere and the fact that many in attendance were wearing Falcon jerseys. "The crazy part is we had a lot of support here," Moore said, noting he even saw someone wearing his No. 25 jersey. "It didn't feel like we were in Canada."'
5 things to know as Falcons top Bills 34-31 in OT [9:27 AM]
AP reports: 'The announced crowd of 38,969 was short of the stadium's 46,470 capacity, not including suites. And the fans that did show up weren't all supporting the "home" team. Aside from a large contingent of Falcons supporters, fans were spotted wearing a wide array of jerseys, including the Cowboys, Steelers, Patriots and even one Jaguars' supporter.'
Missed plays on defense spoil good outing by Bills’ offense [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“This one hurts,” said Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso. “A lot of guys left some plays out there, including myself.”'
Spiller mixes explosive runs with rest timeouts [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Spiller said his ankle was “fine” after the game, but he was noticeably limping at times.'
Bills’ DBs fume over penalty calls [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I didn’t get no explanation,” Williams said. “The refs never even gave me an answer every time I asked them a question, so honestly you’ve got to ask the refs on that call, because I’m still wondering what my penalty was. I guess illegal contact, but how can it be illegal contact when I’m on the opposite side of the field?”'
Bills playing in dome away from home exacts a steep price [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills blew an early 14-0 lead. They fell behind by seven, scored twice to go back ahead by a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Then they allowed the Falcons to tie it late in regulation, thanks to two penalty calls on their secondary. The calls were borderline, of course. No Bills collapse is complete without blaming the officiating in some fashion.'
Two veterans let Bills’ chances slip away [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Instead, he was calm and matter of fact. He didn’t raise his voice. He didn’t question the man above. Yes, he was disappointed knowing he played a role in the loss. Yes, it was yet another frustrating defeat. But he’s also had some practice in explaining away losses over the past six years and kept his composure afterward.'
Toronto crowd shifts into neutral [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo’s 12th Man, valued enough by the Bills to put him on the Wall of Fame, sat this one out. The Bills are 1-5 here.'
Bills-Falcons quarter by quarter [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Atlanta’s tying TD came after Nickell Robey was called for pass interference in the end zone on an incomplete pass. Both he and the receiver jostled. It wasn’t a foul. The officials missed an illegal formation call on the Falcons on the play before the winning kick. Both receivers to the left of the formation were lined up on the same yard line.'
Game had plenty of pluses, minuses [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills led a losing team by 14-0 right away and 31-24 with 11:48 left in the fourth quarter. That’s a game the Bills must close out.'
Ralph Wilson Stadium fit the bill perfectly [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Had Erie County built that dome in Lancaster for $72 million, it likely it would have gone the way of the others – too outdated to work in the NFL and not worth the cost of the renovations.'
Late fumbles lead to Buffalo Bills' loss in Toronto [1:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Of course, it was also the most disheartening for the Bills.'
Buffalo Bills find a way to lose again [1:49 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It was a long way to come for a result like this 34-31 overtime defeat, one more awful loss in a 14-year span that has come to be defined by awful losses.'
A 405-yard day was wasted [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Falcons, who came into the game struggling terribly to run, ranking 31st in the league, had 84 yards by halftime, and finished with 151, their second-best total of the year. That success certainly opened up passing avenues for Matt Ryan and he took advantage, particularly to Roddy White who had 10 catches for 143 yards.'
Report card [1:47 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If nothing else, the Bills gave Toronto a fun and interesting game, which certainly hasn’t been the case in this Bills in Toronto series. However, there’s no denying Rogers Centre is not the Ralph, and the Bills are now 1-5 in this place. This was a disappointing defeat to a 2-9 Atlanta team.'
Bills fumble away playoff hopes [1:46 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'While it was Buffalo that was supposed to feast on the Falcons’ suspect rushing defense — ranked 28th in the league — it was Atlanta, with the NFL’s second-worst ground game, that stampeded the Bills.'
Bills weren’t ready to end woeful streak [1:45 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Since Buffalo last made the playoffs in 1999, Buffalo has lost 49 games by less than a touchdown, 34 by three points or-fewer, seven of them in overtime.'
Bills fumble away game in Toronto [1:44 AM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '"It's discouraging," said Bills head coach Doug Marrone. "We have to do a better job, overall, so it doesn't come down to that."'
Buffalo Bills Week 13 Report Card [1:43 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'That's the difference between mediocre teams and good NFL teams. You need to come up big when you have opportunities to win games. It's one thing to lose a fumble and redeem yourself in overtime. It's another to lose two fumbles at the end of the game and hand your opponent a victory.'
Apologies for the beaten sports narratives [1:42 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Instead, the Bills coughed up their already faint playoff hopes with a pair of hilariously foreseeable fumbles. When Matt Bryant’s field goal sailed through the uprights, none of the other stories mattered, and for good reason. The only stories anyone will want to read will feature the same three quotes from Doug Marrone, Stevie Johnson and Scott Chandler, simply because of the magnitude of the loss.'
Bills kiss playoffs goodbye for another year by fumbling away game at Rogers Centre [1:41 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The Buffalo locker room -- really, the Toronto Blue Jays’ locker room -- was achingly sad. Some players could barely lift their heads they were so upset, no one more than Toronto native Stefan Charles.'
Bumbling Bills receivers fail Manuel [1:40 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Manuel is too much of a class act to play the blame game. Thus, it was no surprise that he refused to wag an accusing finger after the Bills gut-wrenching 34-31 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons in what easily was the most exciting display of football in the six games that have been played in the Bills In Toronto series.'
Win over Bills lifts spirits of Falcons' Ryan [1:39 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“This feels great,” said Ryan, who believes he has learned more in this losing campaign than he has in any of his winning seasons. Introspection can do that for you.'
Officials un-swallow whistles at the end [1:38 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Then they made like the opposite of NHL playoff referees and called everything in sight as the game reached a climax, after the two-minute warning of the fourth quarter on Sunday at the Rogers Centre.'
Mayor Ford centre of attention at Bills game [1:37 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Ford wore a Buffalo Bills jersey, that of running back Fred Jackson, No. 22. From his aisle seat he shook hands and accepted back-pats from fans walking up and down the aisle, with his personal security guard sitting with him, a stadium security man stationed next to him in the aisle, and two Toronto police constables at the top of the aisle.'
Rob Ford mania competes for attention at NFL game [1:36 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'At the Bills game, Ford was treated like a rock star.'
Mayor Ford steals what’s left of Bills’ thunder [1:35 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Ford did many mundane things that, because he’s him, seemed full of significance. He drank from a cup (“What’s in the cup?”). He ate chicken wings (“This is an odd sort of diet.”). He asked people who stopped for photos if they were voting for him (“If I lie to you, Mr. Mayor, it’s because I’m only human.”). '
Falcons put the boot to Bills in Toronto NFL clash [1:34 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: 'Despite a 149-rushing-yard day by Buffalo running back C.J. Spiller, and a six-sack day by the team’s defence, the Bills couldn’t put away a Falcons squad coming in with just two wins this season (none on the road), a team already eliminated from the playoffs. Instead it was quarterback Matt Ryan’s Atlanta team overcoming the odds for the win, finishing with 28-of47 passing for 311 yards and a touchdown.'
The sordid 'bromance' with Mayor Ford continues at Toronto NFL game [1:33 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: 'And he was very much at home on Sunday, wearing a Bills jersey with running back Fred Jackson’s name and number on the back, posing for pictures until leaving at halftime and getting pats on the shoulders from fans parading by his seat, many of whom were young males wearing the standard-issue NFL fan uniform.'
Buffalo Bills find yet another way to lose, falling in dramatic fashion to Atlanta Falcons in Toront [1:32 AM]
National Post reports: 'Fourteen years have passed since the Bills last qualified for the National Football League playoffs, the longest active drought in the league. In many of those seasons, the team has found new and more agonizing ways to torment their fans, with new and innovative ways to break their hearts.'
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