NFL Game Summary - Buffalo at Arizona|
(Sunday, October 14th)
Final Score: Buffalo 19, Arizona 16 (OT)
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Rian Lindell hit a 25-yard field goal in
overtime as the Buffalo Bills took a 19-16 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Buffalo started the extra session with the ball, but had to punt after
stalling near midfield.
The Bills, though, got a turnover when John Skelton, who took over for an
injured Kevin Kolb late in the fourth quarter, was picked off by Jairus Byrd
and he took it 29 yards down to the 6-yard line.
After Ryan Fitzpatrick ran the ball to center it, Lindell calmly booted it
through the uprights for the win.
C.J. Spiller had 12 carries for 88 yards and a score while Fred Jackson added
16 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown for the Bills (3-3), who snapped a
two-game losing streak.
Fitzpatrick was a pedestrian 18-for-32 with 153 yards for Buffalo, which is
tied for the top spot in the AFC East as all four teams in that division have
a 3-3 record.
"This was a tough football game against a good football team. To come on the
road and win it the way we won it, I'm so impressed with the way our team
played," Buffalo coach Chan Gailey said.
Kolb passed for 128 yards with one score and one interception on 14-of-26
chances before exiting the contest. Larry Fitzgerald caught six passes for 93
yards and a score for the Cardinals (4-2), who have dropped their past two
after opening the season with four straight wins.
Holding a one-point lead in the third, the Cardinals added to their advantage
with a 49-yard field goal from Jay Feely with 3:12 left for a 13-9 game. The
12-play, 43-yard drive saw the team convert a pair of third downs.
Buffalo answered on its next touch to take the lead back. On the first play,
Steve Johnson caught a 23-yard pass and Spiller later had a 33-yard run. On
1st-and-goal at the 1-yard line, Jackson punched the ball in for a 16-13 lead
with 27 seconds left in the third.
Following an exchange of punts, Kolb was picked off by Byrd, but Brad Smith
was intercepted himself on a Wildcat play when his deep pass was snagged by
Kolb converted a 1st-and-20 with a 22-yard run, but was hurt on the next play
as he was tackled by a pair of players on a run. Skelton hit Fitzgerald for 17
yards on a 4th-and-11 to get the ball to the Buffalo 43, but the team was
unable to get any closer. It didn't matter, though, as Feely calmly booted a
career-high 61-yard field goal down the middle to tie the game with 1:09 to
"I felt like if I hit the ball well I could make that kick," Feely said.
"Obviously I was thrilled to make it, but all I care about is winning. The
fact that we didn't win the game negates everything else."
Buffalo was held to a three-and-out and a poor punt gave Arizona the ball back
near midfield. A 28-yard catch by Fitzgerald set up Feely for a 38-yard field
goal attempt, but he hit it off the left upright and it bounced out to send
the game to overtime.
Jackson fumbled the ball on the first offensive snap of the game and Arizona
recovered at the Buffalo 33. The Cardinals managed just two yards, though, and
got a 49-yard field goal from Feely for a quick 3-0 lead.
Buffalo had to punt on its ensuing touch and Arizona got the ball back at its
own 13. After losing a yard and a six-yard holding call, Kolb was sacked in
the end zone by Chris Kelsay for a safety to make it a 3-2 game.
The Bills started with the ball near midfield after the free kick and used a
combination of handoffs to Jackson and short passes to get down to the
Arizona 10. On 1st-and-goal at the 10, Spiller took the ball in off left
tackle for a 9-3 lead with 3:35 left in the first.
In the second quarter, Arizona started a drive with the ball at its own 33. A
17-yard catch by Fitzgerald on 3rd-and-2 moved the chains, and William
Powell's 17-yard run got the ball in the red zone. Two plays later, Kolb hit
Fitzgerald over the middle and he took it in on a 9-yard score for a 10-9 lead
with 4:47 left in the half.
Arizona had an eight-game home winning streak snapped ... Arizona plays in
Minnesota next Sunday ... Fitzgerald went over 10,000 receiving yards for his
career. At 29 years and 44 days olds, he is second only to Randy Moss as the
youngest player ever to reach 10,000 receiving yards ... Feely's previous
career high was 55 yards ... Buffalo returns home to host Tennessee next
Sunday ... Powell finished the game with 70 yards on 13 carries ... Buffalo
has won five of the last six games against Arizona.
10/14 21:28:28 ET