ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. —
The Bills (5-8) did.
Their defense squandered a lead in the final 2 minutes at home for the second time this season after unraveling in familiar fashion in a 35-34 loss to Tennessee on Oct. 21.
Safety George Wilson twice had chances to intercept Bradford on the final drive, only to drop the ball each time.
“You have to be a finisher in this league,” Wilson said. “Those are the plays you replay over and over in your head, wishing that the ball would’ve bounced your way.”
If it’s any consolation, there was plenty of blame to be laid on an offense which lacked finish.
Buffalo came away with two field goals on three drives inside the Rams 25. That included Fred Jackson losing a fumble at the Rams 14.
“Bottom line, we could not make plays to win the ballgame,” coach Chan Gailey said. “It is a bitter pill to swallow.”
The injury count continues to mount. Already down starting center Eric Wood (left knee) and right guard Chris Hairston (right ankle), Jackson had to be helped off the field after appearing to hurt his right leg with about 5 minutes left.
Jackson’s leg was sandwiched by two Rams as they made a tackle on a 2-yard run near midfield. With a towel over his head, Jackson was then carted off from the sideline, with fans chanting “Freddie! Freddie!”
Gailey would only say the injury did not look good.
The Bills’ final drive ended with 12 seconds left when Ryan Fitzpatrick fluttered a pass up the right sideline and linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar intercepted.
Fitzpatrick went 25 of 33 for 247 yards passing, including a 2-yard touchdown to Lee Smith.
“We’ve got to develop a killer instinct,” Fitzpatrick said. “And we’ve got to win these games if we want to be one of the teams that’s sitting there at the end of the year ready for the playoffs.”