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The resurgent Bills, who have been racking up huge offensive numbers all year, were tamed by Big Blue on Sunday afternoon as they lost 27-24, putting both teams at a 4-2 mark as they head into bye weeks.
The Giants, led by Ahmad Bradshaw’s season high 104 yard and career high 3 touchdown performance, were able to beat the Bills when Lawrence Tynes kicked the go-ahead 23 yard field goal with 1:32 left on the clock.
The Giants, who jumped out to a 7-0, found themselves trailing as the next two possessions saw the Bills hit two homerun plays for touchdowns to take the lead. The first came when Fred Jackson scored an 80 yard touchdown untouched, exploding through a huge hole up the middle. On their ensuing possession after a Giants punt Ryan Fitzpatrick hooked up with Naaman Roosevelt for 60 yards and the score.
After that, Bradshaw and the G-men took over with 17-3 run, putting them up by 7. In the fourth, Fitzpatrick found Steve Johnson from 9 yards out for the score to tie it up only to see Tynes seal the game off late with a field goal.
Fred Jackson, who is in the midst of his best season, had another monster game, rushing for 121 yards including the 80 yard score, as well as catching 5 passes for 47 yards.
After the Johnson touchdown, the Bills were in a position to win on the New York 27 after a long completion to David Nelson. Fitzpatrick went for the lead, trying to throw a go-pattern to Johnson down the sideline, but CB Corey Webster was all over it and intercepted it at the 5 for his second pick of the day.
Fitzpatrick finished the day 21 for 30 with 244 yards 2 TD’s, 2 Int and a 88.8 passer rating.
“This is one of the hardest parts of playing quarterback, when you don’t get the job done,” Fitzpatrick said. “The two interceptions I threw, you couldn’t ask for better coverage, you couldn’t ask for a better play, couldn’t ask for a better route. They were both basically the same thing, Stevie on a go route. I’d like to give credit to Corey Webster, he made plays on both of them. That said, I feel like Stevie beat him and I underthrew both of them.”
The Bills while in the game, didn’t play their best game as the two big plays early made up for a Giant dominated game. That being said, the Bills and their fans probably didn’t forsee themselves being 4-2 and a game behind the Patriots and in front of the Jets going into their bye week. The Bills do look like they are for real head into the bye week on a somewhat positive note with a game against the Redskins waiting for them in two weeks.