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Buffalo Bills News - December 16, 2002

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.'

Marker Hanky-panky day [8:07 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: '"They called so many (bad) calls against us," Conway said. "And we didn't get any."'

Marker Bolts' QB of future stuck in neutral [8:06 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Doug Flutie no longer poses a threat to Drew Brees. There can be no question about that. At issue is whether Drew Brees is the answer.'

Marker Christie's kick harder than it looked [8:05 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Bennett was holding in the mist and wind and frigid temperatures with only one glove on, having been unable to locate the person holding his other glove on the sideline. The snap went through Bennett's frozen fingers and hit him in the chest. He handled the ball and set it down in time. But in his haste, the laces were facing him instead of the goal post, as they should have been.'

Marker Bills' defense flattens the Chargers [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'At 7-7 their playoff chances remain slim, but slim is better than non-existent.'

Marker Defeating Chargers makes victory sweeter [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'To the Bills’ relief, “Doug’s Revenge” was prevented thanks to an inspired defense that picked up the slack for quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who drew four pass interference calls on the Chargers, but did little else.'

Marker Never a dull moment with Flutie [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'He proved again Sunday that love him or hate him, you can’t ignore him. He still has a knack for making things interesting to the bitter end.'

Marker Defense finally earns some raves [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Henry was a horse as he carried 26 times for 144 yards, a 6.5 average per carry. His six games of at least 125 yards lead the NFL.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Week 15 report card [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'COACHING: The staff remembered Travis Henry just in time to win this one. The commitment to stopping Tomlinson and taking chances with Brees and Flutie was a sound one. A very big win for Gregg Williams against veteran coach Marty Schottenheimer. B+'

Marker Bills beat the ex factor [5:18 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'When he was announced as the Chargers' new quarterback the applause was mixed with jeers. "The people in Buffalo that I bumped into the last 48 hours were just amazing," Flutie said. "They were well-wishing, patting you on the back. Once the game starts, it's completely different. And that's football."'

Marker A win's a win, but Drew hits rut [5:17 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Bledsoe had his least productive game as a Bill in yesterday's 20-13 win over the San Diego Chargers, completing just 11 of 33 attempts for 107 yards.'

Marker Flutie willing to return to the CFL ... in a couple of years [5:16 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I would consider it down the road a couple of years if (the Chargers) didn't want me anymore," said Flutie, who came on in relief of Drew Brees in the fourth quarter. "I'm not sure if my wife would approve. But as long as I'm playing in San Diego, that's not going to happen. After that, who knows?"'

Marker Flutie fans fill stadium [5:15 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'No matter what his critics say, there's no denying one thing. The guy's a legend.'

Marker There are no tricks up his sleeve [5:14 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''When Flutie came in, I knew we had to stay in our lanes because he can make things happen,'' said Bills linebacker London Fletcher. ''He's been a terrific player in this league for a number of years. It forced us to be disciplined on the back end.'''

Marker Bills stifle Flutie, Chargers with 20-13 victory [5:13 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Dropped passes, missed tackles and nine penalties for 121 yards, including four for 86 yards for pass interference, better explain why the Chargers continued yet another late-season tailspin. They are a combined 1-11 in December since 1999.'

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December 15, 2002

Marker Week 15: Gregg Williams Postgame Quotes [8:20 PM] reports: "Each and every week that is a big part of our game plan. We did a good job pressuring, disrupted their rhythm on some of those plays and we did a nice job of challenging their receivers when they tried to catch the ball."

Marker Week 15: Doug Flutie Postgame Quotes [8:20 PM] reports: "It was fun. It really was. It was fun to hear it from the crowd a little bit and step into a situation where we were behind and have the opportunity to go and try to win the ball game. We made a couple plays and got ourselves into position and didn't follow thru on it. For me personally, it was fun to step onto the field. As a team, this puts our backs against the wall now."

Marker Flutie Magic Fizzles in Loss [7:38 PM] reports: 'Henry had five rushes on the drive for 53 yards including a touchdown run from 26 yards out and the final margin, 20-13.'

Marker Bolts drop a heartbreaker [7:33 PM] reports: 'It's not that Brees was playing poorly. He had completed 13 of 24 passes for 148 yards and on a frigid, windy day in Buffalo that saw his counterpart, Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe, complete just 11 of 33 passes for 107 yards. It's just that Schottenheimer was looking for a way to bring the Chargers back into the game, who reiterated after the game that Brees will be San Diego's starter at Kansas City next week.'

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