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Buffalo Bills Fall to St. Louis Rams in Close Game

December 9th, 2012 at 4:02 PM
By Samuel Gerould

The Buffalo Bills suffered a tough loss to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, losing 15-12.

The Bills’ offense couldn’t get much going on their first drive, going three-and-out. The Rams, meanwhile, didn’t fare much better. Rams’ quarterback Sam Bradford threw an incomplete pass, forcing the Rams to punt.

On their next drive, the Bills again failed to pick-up a first down. The Bills’ defense held strong on the Ram’s next drive. Defensive end Mario Williams recorded his tenth sack of the season by taking down Bradford on a third-down play.

The Bills were finally able to move the ball down the field on their third drive of the game. Bills’ quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick hooked up with wide receiver Donald Jones for a 19-yard gain. However, on the next play, the Rams sacked Fitzpatrick. Facing a third-and-thirteen, Fitzpatrick dumped the ball off to running back C.J. Spiller, who ran for a first-down.

But the Bills were forced to settle for a field goal after Fitzpatrick threw an incomplete pass on third-down.

After the Bills’ defense forced the Rams to punt the ball, Bills’ wide receiver Stevie Johnson caught a pass from Fitzpatrick to put the Bills in scoring position. However, Bills’ running back Fred Jackson fumbled the ball on the next play, and the Rams recovered. But the Bills’ defense again held, forcing the Rams to go three-and-out.

The Bills were unable to get anything going on their first play of the second quarter, and they had to punt the ball. The Bill’s Williams almost had his second sack of the game after chasing Bradford around the pocket on third down. Williams was able to strip the ball out of Bradford’s hands, but the quarterback was able to recover the ball.

The Bills couldn’t do much on their next drive. The Rams sacked Fitzpatrick, which forced the Bills to punt the ball. On the Rams’ next drive, Bills’ rookie cornerback Stephon Gilmore intercepted a pass from Bradford. Gilmore would have scored a touchdown on the play, but Williams took a penalty which brought the ball back.

The Bills marched down the field toward the endzone using a combination of run and pass plays. With seven seconds left in the first half, and the Bills near their 25-yard line, the Bills opted to kick a field goal. Bills kicker Rian Lindell hit a 40-yard field goal to make the score 6-0 Buffalo.

A couple of drives later, the Rams moved the ball down the field, scoring a touchdown around the 9 minute mark of the third quarter.

The Bills responded by scoring a touchdown of their own. However, the extra point was missed, and the score was 12-6 Buffalo. The Bills would add a 52-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.

A major loss may have been suffered by the Bills late in the fourth quarter, as running back Fred Jackson appeared to suffer an injury after being tackled. Jackson was carted off the field to the team’s medical office.

With less than two minutes left in the game, the Rams would make things interesting. They moved the ball down the field, and, with a minute left and two time-outs remaining, scored a touchdown to take the lead in the game. The Rams would convert a two-point conversion to make the game 15-12 St. Louis.

Left with 48 seconds on the clock, Fitzpatrick hooked up with tight end Scott Chandler for a major gain. After an incomplete pass, Fitzpatrick was sacked on second-down. Fitzpatrick was then intercepted by the Rams to end the game.

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