TORONTO, ON. - "I'm hurting. I'm mad. I'm not going to sit here and smile. I'm upset. There are words that I'd like to use right now that I can't." Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone tried to remain composed after his team blew a lead and turned the ball over twice at critical moments, handing the Atlanta Falcons a 34-31 overtime win at the Rogers Centre.
The roller coaster game seemed to be swinging the Bills way in the waning moments of regulation. That is when Stevie Johnson made a catch, putting the Bills into field goal range with less than 30 seconds left in a tied game. Johnson failed to protect the ball and it was punched out, the Falcons recovered the fumble, and forced overtime. On the Bills first, and only possession, Scott Chandler made a catch, only to have the ball punched out again. The Falcons drove down the field and won it with a field goal.
Despite the two critical errors, Marrone refused to place blame."You don't like it to come down to those plays. We have to make better plays so the game doesn't come down to that."
Marrone pointed to blown opportunities throughout the game. "There's a lot of things in that game that we can do a better job on." Marrone credited the crowd with providing an electric atmosphere and a home field advantage. "I thought the crowd today was good, they were on our side, they were trying to give us the boost we needed. they were loud." But he added that at the end of the day, it comes down to making plays for your teammate."Basically you have to feed off each other."