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.'
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 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.'
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...".
Punter finally gets handle on the situation [5:53 AM] Boston Globe reports:
'It had become a full blizzard, gusts swirling to 49 miles per hour, the wind chill at minus-3 or worse, the snow swirling mightily, and the wind biting painfully.'
For many, game to be frozen in time [5:52 AM] Boston Globe reports:
'"Then when I got the signals, the guys [in the defensive huddle] couldn't understand me because my lips were frozen."'
Flutie had the conditions down cold [5:50 AM] Boston Globe reports:
'"I feel like we controlled the entire game," said Flutie, who went 15 for 25 for 193 yards, while rushing nine times for 50 yards including one for 32 yards.'
Pats do the (snow) job [5:49 AM] Boston Herald reports:
'The weather was too bad, the ball too slippery and the game too meaningless.'
Vinatieri provides a needed kick [5:48 AM] Boston Herald reports:
'Adam Vinatieri was by far the most popular player in the New England Patriots locker room last night...because the kick allowed the team to come in from the cold.'