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Buffalo Bills News - December 18, 2000

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker Santa may call an audible at Bills' chimneys [9:03 AM]
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Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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...".

Marker 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.'

Marker Its many special effects made this one a must-see [5:54 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Weatherwise, and artistically, it wasn't pretty. But it was exciting and interesting. And the difference came in the kicking game.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker They made something from nothing [5:51 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'But, from the comfort of a living room, the teams provided viewers with some drama and fun.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker Players weather storm [5:47 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Mo, Larry and Curley would have fit right in. Charlie Brown and Lucy, too.'

Marker Savvy Patriots don't flake out [5:46 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '"We scrapped the throws down the field, anything that had to stay in the air for a long time," Bledsoe said.'

Marker Flutie's cool with climate [5:45 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The weather at Ralph Wilson Stadium didn't faze Doug Flutie.'

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