Flutie, not Johnson, likely to start finale [7:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'In what may be considered a mercy move by many Bills fans, Bills coach Wade Phillips said yesterday that quarterback Rob Johnson will probably sit out the season finale Saturday in Seattle.'
Johnson needs to help himself [7:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'It boils down to this: If the Bills' deep thinkers still believe that Rob Johnson is their quarterback of the future, then there can be no future in Buffalo for Joe Pendry and Carl Mauck.'
Phillips taking heat from every side
D and C reports: 'Phillips took a big chance in his decision to go with Johnson over Flutie, and Johnson obviously has let him down.'
Patriots fans flock to Flutie [7:27 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The storytelling wasn't restricted to the game. CBS cameras caught some guy on one knee dropping his engagement ring while proposing. A cheerleader was led away by security guards, and while no one has gotten to the bottom of that story yet, it made for interesting viewing.'
Pats' problems snowball [7:27 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The coaches deserve credit for keeping the team focused through the obstacles they faced because of the weather. Even beyond that, however, the game plan on both offense and defense was modified dramatically and effectively as the conditions deteriorated during the day.'
Johnson likely to miss Bills season finale with concussion [8:31 PM]
AP reports: 'Injury-prone quarterback Rob Johnson, recovering from the third concussion he's suffered this year, will probably miss the Buffalo Bills season finale on Saturday.'
Not so special teams [8:30 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Phillips committed a mistake a year ago when he made a change. He commits a mistake this year if he doesn't make one again.'
Phillips' Excuses Don't Add Up [2:22 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Instead of addressing why the same group of linemen who have operated under the same assistant coach within the same offensive coordinator's system for three years can't peform the most basic functions of their jobs, Phillips took the easy route.'
Vinatieri able to weather Bills' storm [2:04 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Sunday's weather was awful, even by Western New York standards. The air was filled with a strange snow-sleet-ice combination that blanketed the field by halftime and made the artificial turf slippery.'
Bills Should Consider Giving Roth A Serious Opportunity [2:03 PM]
Jamestown Post Journal reports: 'Josh Roth, the fullback from the University at Buffalo by way of Conewango Valley, sure looked like he belonged. And, in a conversation with him late last week, Roth believes he does.'
This team has earned a little respect with effort [2:01 PM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'A whole lot of it was sloppy, sloppiness that had nothing to do with the weather. And a whole lot of the players that partook in it for the Pats won't be around next year.'
For Bills, long day's journey into nightmare [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Only the most faithful fans in the crowd of 47,230 hung around windy, snowy Ralph Wilson Stadium until the bitter end, which came with 19 seconds left in overtime.'
Bills blown away in Arctic blast [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It sure wasn't pretty. But it was weird. This was what it would be like if the NFL put a franchise in Antarctica.'
Another tale of two quarterbacks [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Quarterback Rob Johnson has been criticized by media and fans for holding on to the ball longer than he should at times. It's a knock he doesn't appreciate. He'll dislike the criticism even more now that it's coming from his coach.'
Weather produces a bitter end [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The weather conditions were better suited for the Iditarod, but both teams strapped on their skates and played a football game Sunday afternoon as winds up to 50 mph swirled around the stadium, turning it into a living shake-up snow dome.'
Santa may call an audible at Bills' chimneys [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'www.horridfootball.com'.
Moulds claims team record; Wiley joins exclusive club [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wide receiver Eric Moulds and defensive end Marcellus Wiley reached career milestones Sunday during the Buffalo Bills' 13-10 overtime loss to the New England Patriots.'
Monday billboard [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For the first time this year, the Bills failed to sell out Ralph Wilson Stadium, as 47,230 braved nasty weather and nastier football. There were more people at the McKinley Mall.'
Power outage backs up Bills game traffic [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A power outage on Abbott Road in Lackawanna Sunday created what one police officer called a "hectic hour and a half" as traffic for the Buffalo Bills game backed up for a while.'
Ex-lineman for Buffalo wings it [8:41 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Toward the end of his Bills career, Ritcher took a flight with teammates Joe Ferguson and Justin Cross in Ferguson's Cessna propeller plane. "I was just hooked from then on," he says.'
Vinatieri's FG provides icing [8:39 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'Mother Nature managed to do what these two struggling rivals probably could not have done on their own, namely make this game a thoroughly entertaining one to watch.'
Johnson holds on the mark [8:38 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'Johnson's day was indeed something to behold. He muffed two long snaps, including one on a potential winning field goal on the final play of regulation.'
Patriots top Bills in overtime as weather makes itself felt [6:04 AM]
D and C reports: 'Once they entered the red zone, though, things became troublesome. The difference in the game was that it wasn't quite as troublesome for the Patriots.'
Another injury for Johnson [6:02 AM]
D and C reports: 'It was a scene all too familiar to the Buffalo Bills and their fans. Quarterback Rob Johnson down on the field injured.'
A game in Buffalo, or the North Pole? [6:02 AM]
D and C reports: 'Players were standing behind offensive-line coach Carl Mauck to block the wind.'
Patriots had better skaters [6:01 AM]
D and C reports: 'A guy named Mike attempted to propose marriage to his fiancee, Karen, and the moment was captured live on the JumboTron scoreboard. He dropped the ring, and then couldn't find it for about 30 seconds.'
Patriots put Bills on ice [6:00 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Yes, the weather outside was frightful, but you should have seen the football game.'
Flutie keeps cool, may lose job [5:59 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'There has been speculation Flutie may be released to accommodate salary-cap concerns.'
Snow boat [5:56 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Players would scuff the snowy and icy turf with their feet to set up field goal attempts, because, as Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe said, "We couldn't find a convict to run the snow plow...".
This one was more than a little flaky [5:55 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'It was like one of those no-school days when you see kids playing snow-football on the front lawn.'
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