ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. —
Rather than gaining ground on Cincinnati and Pittsburgh (they both lost Sunday, and fell to 7-6) in the AFC playoff race, the Bills are all but mathematically out of the hunt. That’s a familiar position for a team that’s not been to the postseason since 1999, the NFL’s longest active drought.
Things are looking brighter for the Rams, a team that’s not been to the playoffs since 2004 and not won eight games since 2006.
Much of the credit for their resurgence comes as a result of a sturdy and aggressive defense. St. Louis limited the Bills to 281 yards and forced two turnovers. Rookie tackle Michael Brockers had 1 1/2 of St. Louis’ five sacks.
“We’re a motivated team,” Brockers said. “The plane-ride home is going to be very enjoyable. We had a lot that weren’t this year, but this one is going to be a good one.”
NOTES: Rams S Craig Dahl did not return after sustaining a concussion. LT Rodger Saffold couldn’t finish because of a nagging back injury. ... The Bills allowed 78 yards rushing, extending their streak to four games of holding opponents under 90. That’s the team’s best stretch since a four-game streak in 1999. ... The Bills failed on an extra point when holder Shawn Powell had the ball slip through his hands. ... Bradford also completed a 2-point conversion with a pass to Chris Givens.
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