TORONTO, ON. - Two late fumbles by the Buffalo Bills allowed the Atlanta Falcons to set up a Matt Bryant game-winning field goal to give the Falcons a 34-31 victory over the Bills.
Buffalo had two opportunities to take the lead late in the game. The Bills were driving with less than a minute on the clock when Atlanta CB Robert McClain forced a WR Stevie Johnson fumble. The fumble was recovered by Falcons S William Moore.
Then, on the second play of overtime, Scott Chandler fumbled the ball after a 22-yard reception. The fumble was recovered by Falcons CB Robert Alford, who pitched the ball to CB Desmond Trufant, setting up an 18-yard return.
Atlanta kicked the game-winning field goal five plays later.
The two turnovers marred an otherwise strong showing for the Buffalo offense. QB EJ Manuel was solid, finishing 18/32 with 210 yards and touchdown.
RB C.J. Spiller also had his best game of the year, running for 149 yards and one touchdown. He also had a 77-yard run that set up Buffalo's first touchdown.
Buffalo's defense, however, kept the Falcons in the game. The rushing defense was a particularly weak point, giving up three touchdowns, including two that came off rushes of 25 yards or more.
The loss also comes as a missed opportunity to gain some traction in the AFC wild card race. Fellow wild card contenders New York, San Diego and Tennessee all lost this week.