How the 6-10 Buffalo Bills Were Four Plays Away from the NFL Postseason

May 21, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

They say football is a game of inches.
There's no better illustration of that point than the 2009 Buffalo Bills.
Vince Lombardi used to always remark that there's usually only four or five plays in every game that decide the outcome. Little did he realize that four or five plays could decide a season as well.
The Buffalo Bills lost their head coach midseason and didn't make a lot of headlines after that. But hidden beneath their below-average record was a playoff team that didn't make four plays when it needed to.
First Opportunity: Week One at New England
We all remember this game.
The Bills capped an impressive drive on a 10-yard touchdown pass with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, giving themselves a commanding 24-13 lead. A far cry for even Tom Brady, but, hey, anything's possible.
The Patriots struck quickly, however, with Brady completing a pass over the middle to tight end Benjamin Watson for an 18-yard touchdown with ...

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