The teams combined for eight touchdowns in a back and forth affair that was finally decided in overtime when Scott Chandler committed the Bills' second huge fumble, setting up Atlanta for the win.
TORONTO - – The sixth edition of the Bills in Toronto Series may have produced the smallest crowd to date, but it also was by far the best game in the Rogers Centre.
Of course, it was also the most disheartening for the Bills.
There were only 38,969 fans on hand - that was the announced total, and it seemed smaller - but they saw a wild affair that Atlanta ultimately won 34-31 in overtime on Matt Bryant's 36-yard field goal.
The teams combined for eight touchdowns in a back and forth affair that was finally decided in overtime when Scott Chandler committed the Bills' second huge fumble, setting up Atlanta for the winning score.
Buffalo had a golden opportunity to win in regulation, but Stevie Johnson fumbled deep in Atlanta territory after making a catch, denying a last-second field goal opportunity. William Moore recovered Johnson's fumble, and he forced Chandler's.
The Bills came flying out of the gate and jumped to a 14-0 lead 10 minutes into the opening quarter.
After stopping the Falcons first possession that began at midfield following a reverse on the opening kickoff, C.J. Spiller broke a 77-yard run to the Atlanta 6 and EJ Manuel eventually scored on a one-yard keeper around the right end.
Buffalo's next possession was a 10-play, 63-yard drive capped by Fred Jackson's one-yard run and it looked very much like the Bills were going to win in a rout as Atlanta looked completely disinterested.
However, Steven Jackson broke a 27-yard TD run on a 3rd-and-1 play, and at that point, the game turned as the Falcons went on to score 24 of the next 27 points.
Dan Carpenter's 29-yard field goal made it 17-7 Buffalo, but the Falcons closed the half even as Antone Smith ripped off a 38-yard touchdown run, and Matt Bryant kicked a 49-yard field goal on the final play of the half.
When Atlanta forged ahead 24-17 midway through the third on a Ryan 11-yard TD pass to Tony Gonzalez, the Bills were reeling, but Kiko Alonso recovered a Ryan fumble a few minutes later, and on the first play from scrimmage, Jackson scored on a 21-yard screen pass to tie the game at 24-24.
Buffalo regained the lead early in the fourth quarter when Spiller electrified the crowd with a 36-yard run off right tackle, one play after a 48-yard pass and personal penalty from Manuel to Robert Woods got the Bills out from deep in their own territory.
But the Falcons rallied to tie on Jackson's one-yard run with 1:28 left in regulation, a score that was set up by three Bills penalties, the most fatal a pass interference in the end zone on Nickell Robey that appeared dubious.